CHIEF SCIENTIST, MATERIALS AND FUELS COMPLEX
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY
Beginning in the 1960s, the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) site was developed to demonstrate the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II and its associated fuel cycle. Today, boosted by substantial and growing interest in advanced nuclear energy systems, the mission of developing and demonstrating advanced nuclear technologies and systems continues and evolves. With unique facilities and core capabilities in the areas of fuel fabrication, post-irradiation examination, advanced characterization, analytical chemistry, transient testing (being reestablished), and space nuclear power and isotope technologies, MFC is the nexus for research on new reactor fuels and related materials. Through the Gateway for Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), these core capability assets are being made available to the nuclear industry as part of the national research and development (R&D) test bed and demonstration platform for advanced nuclear technologies. The seminar will provide an overview of the capabilities, facilities, R&D activities, and current areas of focus for the future of MFC. The seminar will begin with a brief overview of the Idaho National Laboratory and conclude with a review of internship and other employment opportunities at INL.
Dr. John C. Wagner is the Chief Scientist for the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He has more than 20 years of experience performing research and managing and leading research and development projects, programs, and organizations. Wagner received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1992 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Wagner is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and recipient of the 2013 E. O. Lawrence Award. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 refereed journal and conference articles, technical reports, and conference summaries.