G. Ivan Maldonado
Dr. G. Ivan Maldonado has been affiliated with the US nuclear industry for roughly 25 years. He began his career working in naval reactor core design at the General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Subsequently, he obtained Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from NC State University (1993).
His doctoral research in nuclear fuel management optimization led to a postdoctoral position with Electricité de France in Paris, after which he joined Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor. In 1999, he joined GE Nuclear Energy as a Technical Program Manager, and in 2003 he rejoined academics as an Associate Professor with the University of Cincinnati’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program. In 2007, Dr. Maldonado joined the University of Tennessee’s Department of Nuclear Engineering under a Joint Faculty Appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His externally funded research projects as an academician have led to the mentorship and support of 9 PhD and 26 MS degrees, while he currently advises 8 PhD and 3 MS candidates.
A general theme within his research includes the development of computational methods for full-core three-dimensional core analysis and fuel management of current-day and future advanced reactors, with an emphasis upon “actinide accounting and management.” Dr. Maldonado has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, is a consultant to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s ACRS, Guest Editor to the Progress in Nuclear Energy journal, and has served as the Technical Program Chair and in all the leadership roles leading up to becoming Chair of the Reactor Physics Division (RPD) of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).