David Wade, PhD

Vice President, Reactor Design & Safety Analysis

Dr. Wade, formerly the Director of the Reactor Analysis Division at Argonne National Laboratory, is a recognized expert in reactor physics. In his 34-year career at Argonne, he was involved in the design and analysis of the full range of fast reactor systems addressed by U.S. DOE, including development of core and reactor designs for the Generation IV reactor concepts. He had overall responsibility for reactor core design and the safety case for the Integral Fast Reactor, U.S. DOE’s lead program in the 1980s and a predecessor to the ARC reactor. He holds the rank of a Distinguished Fellow Engineer, the highest technical rank at Argonne.

His deep interest in small modular reactor systems led to a leading position with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he participated for many years in studies focused on the deployment of compact, proliferation-resistant reactors to developing countries. He is the lead author of a major IAEA report on the subject that was published and widely recognized.

Dr. Wade received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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