Knightsbridge Roberson Surrette and Stephanie Sykes, Partner, are pleased to have assisted the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with the appointment of Dr. Akira Tokuhiro as Dean of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, effective March, 2017.
Dr. Tokuhiro is a noted international expert in all aspects of nuclear reactor engineering, design and safety. He served on the American Nuclear Society's President's Committee on the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan, and was technical co-author of a book on the accident.
Dr. Tokuhiro joins the university from NuScale Power LLC, a nuclear energy startup company in Corvallis, Oregon, where he was senior Principal Engineer finalizing the design certification application of a Small Modular Reactor.
From 2007 to 2014, he served as Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Director of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Idaho in Idaho Falls and Moscow, Idaho. Prior to 2007 he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas; as well as the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology). At Missouri he was also Director and Senior Reactor Operator of the university’s research reactor.
Dr. Tokuhiro received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in New York State. His Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Engineering Physics) was awarded at Purdue.
“Akira Tokuhiro’s outstanding experience in academia and his track record as an international expert in nuclear safety and nuclear issues makes him an ideal leader of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science. He will bring new perspective that will inspire student success as well as innovative research and discovery. The university also extends sincere thanks to Dr. Ed Waller and Dr. Robert Bailey for serving in an interim capacity over the past year and a half,” said Dr. Deborah Saucier, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Dr. Tokuhiro’s diverse nuclear and energy engineering research interests include data and analytics, thermal hydraulics, experiments and measurement, and modelling of complex systems. He possesses more than a decade of international nuclear energy research and development experience with Switzerland’s Paul Scherrer Institute and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. He has published more than 60 journal and 90 conference papers, and has worked with dozens of graduate students around the world.
“I look forward to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, especially working with faculty, staff and senior leadership, and engaging with all students,” stated Dr. Tokuhiro. “I intend to champion a cross-disciplinary approach within the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science by building new innovative links with other faculties, particularly in the area of big data analytics.”
To learn more about the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, visit their website.