Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Nuclear Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is made up of representatives from industry, government agencies, and academia. IPAC advises the nuclear engineering department on academic issues, current trends, and future directions in the engineering profession. The council provides a forum for ideas and recommendations, and provides a link between industry and academia.

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2023-24 IPAC Members

  • Heather Barry, Naval Nuclear Laboratory, Technology Directorate, Department Manager
  • Jason Beebe, Westinghouse Electric Company, Senior Director, Global Transformation Office & Global Real Estate & Facilities
  • Gary Brassart, Xcel Energy, VP, Nuclear Strategy
  • Mark Geckle, Constellation, retired
  • Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, Idaho State University, Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering
  • Jerome Gormley, General Atomics, Strategic Business Development
  • Hans D. Gougar, X-Energy, Manager, Product Engineering, IPAC Vice Chair
  • Mike KlusePacific Northwest National Lab, retired
  • John Kotek, Nuclear Energy Institute,  Vice President of Policy Development and Public Affairs
  • Scott Morris, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Deputy Executive Director for Operations
  • Scott Parent, Ansys, VP, Field CTO Energy, Aerospace & Materials
  • Mary Jane Ross-Lee, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Deputy Director, Division of Safety Systems,
  • Gregory Sosson, U.S. Department of Energy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety, Security, and Quality Assurance, IPAC Chair
  • Stephen Trautman, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, retired


The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself with a strong focus on experimental research. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering, or a doctoral degree. The Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222