Bergeron receives reactor conversion award
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) Convert Program has selected Principal Nuclear Engineer Aurelien Bergeron (NE) as the first recipient of the Reactor Conversion Program Performance Award.
This award was established to recognize outstanding contributions by Convert Program team members, who leveraged technology and innovative solutions to advance the Convert Program goals including risk reduction and conversion acceleration. Bergeron is being recognized for his significant contributions to both the U.S. High Power Research Reactor (USHPRR) and the European High Power Research Reactor (EUHPRR) Programs.
He made key contributions that allowed for the removal of cooling-fins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology research reactor (MITR) fuel, developed advanced modeling methods for the High Flux Reactor (RHF) involute core in Grenoble, France, and changed the burnable absorber position, making the RHF reactor conversion feasible without major structural changes to the core design.
The Convert Program works to reduce — and to the extent possible eliminate — the use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in research reactors and isotope production