Graduate Seminar

Steven E. Aumeier, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Strategic Programs INL

Monday Sept 19, 2022 – 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB) Main Auditorium




Perspectives Regarding Nuclear Reactors

Dr. Steven E. Aumeier is Idaho National Laboratory’s Senior Advisor, Strategic Programs. The title of his seminar is “Perspectives Regarding Nuclear Reactors.” The seminar will be on Monday, Sept 19, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. and will be held in person in the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB) Main Auditorium.


The Seminar is intended to help better understand principal differences between past deployed nuclear power reactors and present GW-scale nuclear reactors, including why the advanced reactors are different, what market forces have driven those different interests, what is being planned for the next decade, and the importance of the reactor size.


Dr. Steven E. Aumeier serves as Senior Advisor for nuclear energy strategic programs at Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies, programs, initiatives, and partnerships to advance U.S. energy security, regional economic development, and clean energy objectives. Over three decades of service in the national laboratory system, Dr. Aumeier has provided innovative leadership in a variety of business, management, and research roles spanning national and homeland security, clean energy, and systems research, nuclear energy technology, and university research partnerships. He is a recognized expert and thought leader in technology, business, and clean energy strategies. He was named to his current post in 2016 after serving for 6 years as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment and Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, where he designed and led strategic, technical, and business transformation and growth initiatives including major recruiting and reorganization campaigns, development of new laboratory facilities and research capabilities, and innovation in the management of 130 research laboratories and 350 employees. Before this, he served as Director of the Energy Systems and Technologies Division where he developed the concept for and led the development of a major new national program focused on advanced energy systems, was Director of the Laboratory’s Energy Security Initiative, and was Director of Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Before joining INL, Dr. Aumeier served for 10 years (1995-2005) with Argonne National Laboratory in various leadership positions in nuclear energy and national security research and management and served as Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Engineering Research. He also served a special assignment (2002-2003) with the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington DC as a technical advisor on counterterrorism issues where he helped establish national strategies to address radiological threats. He has served on or led numerous academic and regional leadership boards and committees including Idaho’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission and Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, and Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance. He has been honored for Professional Achievement by Idaho State University College of Engineering and as Alumni of Merit by The University of Michigan Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Dr. Aumeier holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Michigan (1994) and an MBA from The University of Chicago (2002).