Dr. Natraj Iyer

2015 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award is Dr. Natraj Iyer. He is Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Materials Management Programs at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

Dr. Iyer is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing major mission-oriented nuclear materials management and disposition programs with the Department of Energy (DOE) and global partners. These programs result in reducing the nuclear danger worldwide, reducing the nuclear materials footprint at the Savannah River Site (SRS), and creating enduring mission opportunities.

For many years, he led the development of science and technologies across the SRNL business sectors of environmental stewardship, clean energy, and national security. He has advanced the lessons learned from many DOE programs to benefit countries worldwide through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including South America; Europe; and Asia, bringing significant recognition and visibility to SRNL and SRS. His drive for technical uncerstanding continues to reap benefits across the DOE including the Offices of Environmental Management and Nuclear Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. For example, Dr. Iyer has been engaged with efforts to develop a U.S. nuclear fuel cycle strategy.

He has served as an IAEA consultant and technical expert and represented the U.S. DOE in projects related to continued wet and dry storage of spent nuclear fuel from research and test reactors, and also water quality management of reactor systems around the world. Dr. Iyer has lectured for the IAEA globally and recently presented a one-week course in nuclear fuel cycle management to the Atomic Energy Commission staff in Malaysia.

Natraj joined Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Pittsburgh in 1979, where he focused on the development and application of ceramic-based materials for the defense industry and the development of novel chromium carbide based coating materials for commercial nuclear pump applications. He has published 130 papers in journals and/or proceedings, has been a prolific inventor with more than 13 U.S. patents issued; 4 Westinghouse trade secret awards; and more than 30 patent disclosures; and numerous international patents.

His awards include the George Westinghouse Innovation Award and the Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards in both 2012 and 2014. He is a Fellow of three international technical socities. Dr. Iyer has been and continues to be a proven leader of important multidisciplinary engineering and research and development programs in the nuclear industry.

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