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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2018-2019 IPAC Members

  • Gary Brassart, Vice President, Global Instrumentation & Control
  • Lisa Decker, Assistant General Counsel, Exelon Generation Company, LLC
  • Hans D. Gougar, Director, Advanced Reactor Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory
  • J. Wesley Hines, Postelle Professor and Department Head of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee
  • Laura Holgate, Vice President for Materials Risk Management, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Mark Manoleras, Engineering Director, Beaver Valley Power Station
  • Brian McDermott, Deputy Director – Engineering, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Thomas J. Sambolt, Director, New Design, Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Gregory Sosson, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Paul A. Triska, Senior Vice President, Service Operations, ENEXIO US, LLC
  • Juswald Vedovi, Engineering Manager , GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
  • Daniel S. Williams, Project Director, Bechtel Power Corporation


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 from other programs with a strong focus on experimental research in power, science, security and safety. 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 department also houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear reactor. The construction and operation of the reactor introduced nuclear engineering to Penn State, and, in doing so, harnessed research and educational opportunities as key strengths for the department. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938