Research Assistant for Chemical & Materials Engineering
Center for Advanced Energy Studies 171 (Idaho Falls)
Center for Advanced Energy Studies
995 MK Simpson Boulevard Rm 171
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
- B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Idaho, 2009
- B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Idaho, 2009
- M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho, 2011
- Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University of Idaho, exp: 2019
After taking a class during his undergraduate years focused on nuclear materials, Nathan Jerred's interests have narrowed in on the use of materials within nuclear applications. Jerred has focused his efforts on extending beyond the basic science of materials and overcoming issues when applying them within integrated systems. Some of these areas include developing materials for thermal storage systems as a method to enhance radioisotope power systems for space applications. He has also worked on developing new fuel forms and their manufacturing processes for nuclear thermal propulsion engines. When looking at the application of advanced materials within terrestrial nuclear reactors, he has worked to address the challenges of joining such materials together. He is more recently researching the area of nuclear fuels for advanced reactor applications, collaborating with other University of Idaho researchers and scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory. Their project is working to address the challenges of and develop a path forward for prolonging the life of metallic fuel forms within fast-spectrum reactors — an area where Jerred will develop his dissertation.
Nathan Jerred is originally from South Dakota and, after graduating in 2009, he became a Fellow at the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) in Idaho Falls, selected for their 2009 Summer Fellowship Program. After completing his master’s, he became a staff research scientist at the CSNR focusing on researching advanced nuclear technologies for space applications; he has continued in this capacity for the past six years. As a CSNR researcher, he has also worked on several research projects at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) being a part of the Accident Tolerant Fuels campaign and the Transient Test Reactor experiment design group.
Jerred has recently rejoined the University of Idaho, working towards his doctorate under Indrajit Charit within the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Jerred studies metallic fuel designs for advanced fast-spectrum nuclear reactors at the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls extension campus. He can be found at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), where he carries out pertinent experiments for his doctoral project. He is married to fellow University of Idaho alumni Sara Jerred who graduated in 2009. They currently reside in Idaho Falls, with their two young daughters, Scarlett and Eden and are expecting their third daughter in June 2017. Jerred is maintaining his position at the CSNR while pursuing his doctorate.
- NEUP Project: A Science Based Approach for Selecting Dopants in FCCI-Resistant Metallic Fuel Systems. PI: Indrajit Charit, University of Idaho; Co-PI: Samrat Choudhury, University of Idaho; Co-Collaborator: Michael Benson, Idaho National Laboratory; Co-Collaborator: Robert Mariani, Idaho National Laboratory; Post-Doctoral Student: Rabi Khanal, University of Idaho; Doctoral Student: Nathan Jerred, University of Idaho