NWTRB Board Member
|Andrew C. Kadak, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrew C. Kadak was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board on September 10, 2004, by President George W. Bush.
Dr. Kadak is Professor of the Practice in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests include the development of advanced reactors, in particular the high-temperature pebble-bed gas reactor, space nuclear power systems, improved technology-neutral licensing standards for advanced reactors, and operation and management issues of existing nuclear power plants. Dr. Kadak also serves as a member of the MIT undergraduate committee working on curriculum development and recruitment. He is president of Kadak Associates, a consulting firm specializing in management, organizational, and communication strategies for the nuclear industry.
Before joining the faculty of MIT, Dr. Kadak worked for Yankee Atomic Electric Company. He held various positions there from 1979 to 1987, including president and chief executive officer. From 1975 to 1979, Dr. Kadak was manager of nuclear information at New England Power Company. He was principal physicist for pressurized-water reactor physics at Combustion Engineering Corporation from 1972 to 1975.
Dr. Kadak was president of the American Nuclear Society from 1999 to 2000. He has served as a board and executive committee member of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the industry's Advisory Committee on High-Level Waste. He also has served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners special panel on high-level nuclear waste and the Aspen Institute's Dialogue on Nuclear Waste Disposal.
In 1995, Dr. Kadak was a member of the Advisory Committee on External Regulation of DOE Nuclear Safety for the U.S. Department of Energy. He also has conducted several audits of nuclear companies to assess their management practices and has served as chairman of a panel related to the DOE's Nevada Test Site. Dr. Kadak has presented more than 50 lectures and speeches on topics related to the technical and business aspects of nuclear power.
Dr. Kadak earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in 1967, a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970, a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 1972, and an MBA from Northeastern University in 1983.
Dr. Kadak lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.