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Per F. Peterson

Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 1982

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Professor Per Peterson's research focuses on problems in energy and environmental systems, including inertial confinement fusion, advanced light water reactors, high level nuclear waste processing, and nuclear materials management. Professor Peterson manages the U.C. Berkeley Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics, and reactor thermal hydraulics focusing on nuclear applications. His research interests involve issues in reactor safety and radioactive waste management. Dr. Per Peterson was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and recipient of the Fusion Power Associates Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and has served as editor for three journals. He is the author of more than 70 archival journal articles and over 80 conference publications on these topics.

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