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Nuclear Engineering & Industrial Management, Faculty

Indrajit Charit, Ph.D., P.E.

Department Chair, Professor

TAB Building, Room 314


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Radiation Effects on Materials, Fundamentals of Nuclear Materials, Microstructures and Defects
Areas of Expertise: Processing-Microstructure-Property Correlations, Nuclear Materials, Structural Materials, High Temperature Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Advanced Manufacturing

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David Arcilesi

Assistant Professor

Campus: Idaho Falls
Area of Expertise: Reactor thermal hydraulics, thermal sciences

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R. A. Borrelli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering, Graduate Faculty


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Principles of Nuclear Engineering, Master's Research and Thesis, Risk Assessment
Areas of Expertise: Advanced fuel cycle analysis, Open source scientific computing, Pyroprocessing, Safeguards- and security-by-design, Geologic repository design, Neutronics, Nuclear hybrid energy systems analysis, Cybersecurity, plant modernization, digital I&C, Risk assessment, management

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Richard Christensen, Ph.D.

Director, Nuclear Engineering

CAES 279


Campus: Idaho Falls

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Sandy Lieske

Lecturer, Engineering Management

Campus: Boise
Courses: Technical Project Management, Advanced Project Management, Engineering and Technology Management Fundamentals, Process Improvement Methods, Effective Global Product Development
Areas of Expertise: Research and development, project management, change management, process improvement, offshoring, and talent development

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Amin Mirkouei, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

TAB Suite 310


Campus: Idaho Falls
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Operations Research, Energy Systems Modeling, Life Cycle Assessment, Real-Time Data Analytics, Bioenergy Production Processes, Advanced & Smart Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Planning, Project Management, Network Optimization, Cyber-physical Systems

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Lee Ostrom, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Director of Academic Programs, Idaho Falls Center

TAB 314


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Project Engineering, Project Risk Assessment, Capstone I and II, Industrial Ergonomics
Areas of Expertise: Risk assessment, human factors, ergonomics, industrial safety

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Alex Vakanski, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor, Industrial Technology

TAB 311


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Engineering Graphics, Quality Assurance Organization and Management, Computer Integrated and Robotics Manufacturing Technology, Fundamentals of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Mechatronics Systems
Areas of Expertise: Cognitive robotics, learning from demonstration, Vision-based control of robots, Machine learning and artificial intelligence, Control systems and automation

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Cheryl Wilhelmsen, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita


Campus: Idaho Falls
Courses: Safety Behavior, Community Planning and Design for Fire Protection and Management, Fundamentals of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Human Performance Fundamentals...
Areas of Expertise: Industrial Technology, Project Management, Risk Assessment, Adult Education, Human Performance, Emergency Management, Ergonomics, Safety, Community Planning in Fire Protection

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Nuclear Engineering & Industrial Management, Staff

Alice Allen

Director, Student Recruitment/Engagement

Alice Allen


Campus: Idaho Falls

Debbie Caudle

Student Services Coordinator

1784 Science Center Drive


Campus: Idaho Falls

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Denise Engebrecht

Program Manager

Denise Engebrecht

Idaho Water Center


Campus: Boise

Program Support:

Engineering Management Advisor

Technology Management Advisor

Finance Management for Center for Ecohydraulics Research

Sandra Spear

NEIM Department Coordinator

Sandy Spear


Campus: Idaho Falls

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Nuclear Engineering & Industrial Management

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Phone: 208-757-5450

Fax: 208-757-5494