Dr. Paul J. Turinsky was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012. Dr. Turinsky was reappointed to the Board by the President on July 1, 2014.
Dr. Turinsky is Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He previously was the Chief Scientist for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation of Nuclear Reactors.
Dr. Turinsky's areas of expertise are computational reactor physics in support of mathematical optimization of fuel management and nuclear fuel-cycle multiobjective decisions; uncertainty quantification and data assimilation in support of optimum experimental design applied to nuclear power plant safety and fuel-cycle assessments; and adaptive model refinement applied to nuclear power plant transient simulation.
Dr. Turinsky's writings and publications include contributions to three books and numerous peer-reviewed technical publications. He is the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Glenn Murphy Award, Edison Electric Institute Power Engineering Educator Award, the US DOE E.O. Lawrence Award in Atomic Energy, and American Nuclear Society (ANS) Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physics Award and Arthur Holly Compton Award.
Dr. Turinsky has been on the faculty of Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and has held engineering and management positions at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He also has served on the Commissariat à l'énergie Atomique Scientific Committee of the Nuclear Energy Division, Duke Power Company Nuclear Safety Review Board, DOE Fuel Cycle R&D External Review Committee, and Board of Managers of Battelle Energy Alliance.
Dr. Turinsky is a fellow of the ANS, and a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Turinsky received a B.S. (1966) in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, an M.S.E. (1967) and a Ph.D. (1970) in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. (1979) from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Turinsky resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.