Dr. Kenneth L. Peddicord was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012. Dr. Peddicord was reappointed to the Board by the President on July 1, 2014.
Dr. Peddicord is Director of the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) and a professor of nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983. From 1972 to 1975, he was employed as a research nuclear engineer at the Eidgenössisches Institut für Reaktorforschung (the Swiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research), now the Paul Scherrer Institut, in Würenlingen, Switzerland. From 1975 to 1981, he was an assistant professor and an associate professor of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. From 1981 to 1982, he was a Visiting Scientist at the EURATOM Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
At Texas A&M University, Dr. Peddicord has served as Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System for Research and Federal Relations. Since 2007, he has been the Director of NPI, a joint institute of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M University. NPI is a partnership involving universities, community colleges, industry, high schools and junior highs, teachers, students, elected and civic leaders, and government agencies. The focus is to inform, attract, and prepare students for the nuclear industry.
Dr. Peddicord has published more than 200 articles, papers, and reports. His technical interests include nuclear engineering education, human resources and nuclear workforce development, and advanced nuclear fuels. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Dr. Peddicord received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1965 and an M.S. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1972 in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Peddicord resides in College Station, Texas.