Dr. Pete Pappano, Vice President for Fuel Production

As vice president for fuel production, Pete leads the development of X-energy’s pebble fuel production strategy, establishing a low enriched uranium supply chain, and designing the X-energy fuel fabrication facility. Pete manages X-energy’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Reactor Concept Cooperative Agreement. This $53 million project allows X-energy to further its reactor design, develop a pebble fuel production capability, and initiate interactions with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining X-energy, Pete worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on their research staff where he managed their TRISO-based nuclear fuel compact manufacturing process development for the DOE Next Generation Nuclear Plant and Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Qualification Programs. While at ORNL Pete also oversaw activities associated with irradiated nuclear-grade graphite recycling for DOE’s Nuclear Energy Deep Burn Program. Prior to ORNL, Pete worked as a process engineer for SGL Carbon. Pete also served in two capacities at DOE: as a detailee to the Office of Nuclear Energy where he managed the Advanced Graphite Creep graphite program, and then as a materials science program manager for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. He received a B.S. in General Science, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Fuel Science, all from Pennsylvania State University.