U-Idaho Nuclear Engineering Program Director Recognized for Statewide Contributions

Thursday, February 7 2013


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Partnership for Science and Technology is recognizing Akira Tokuhiro, director of the University of Idaho’s Nuclear Engineering Program, for his energetic role in moving nuclear initiatives forward in the state.

Tokuhiro will receive the 2012 Individual Energy Education Advocate Award at the Partnership for Science and Technology/Idaho Section of the American Nuclear Society Awards banquet Feb. 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls.

The Energy Advocate Awards are presented to individuals or organizations that are central to noteworthy achievement in energy, nuclear energy, energy education or an environmental field of interest to members of the Partnership for Science and Technology.

Tokuhiro’s work is based at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. CAES is a public/private partnership that includes U-Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University and the Idaho National Laboratory. His research interests include reactor design, safety, accident analysis, convective heat transfer, biometrics, human factors, and modeling and simulation of complex processes.

While working at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokuhiro gained the foundation for his expertise on Japanese nuclear power plants, the nation’s fuel cycle, and the associated research and development. He was interviewed worldwide for insight into the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011, served on the American Nuclear Society President’s Committee on the accident and has taught a popular seminar course on Fukushima for the past three semesters at U-Idaho.

He also has been the driving force behind bringing students from the Korea-West Internship program to Idaho Falls. The venture has brought 12 outstanding South Korean scholars to work in internships at companies and organizations including U-Idaho, Melaleuca and Grow Idaho Falls. The program is a cooperative agreement between the government of South Korea and the U. S. State Department.

“We have a great team here in Idaho Falls and at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies,” Tokuhiro said. “We’re starting to have a lot of impact in terms of the research and the students we are producing from each of the institutions. The award and the recognition belong to many, many people.”

The Partnership for Science and Technology is a nonprofit organization based in eastern Idaho that advocates for science, energy and technology in the state.

To register to attend the awards banquet, contact Partnership for Science and Technology executive director Lane Allgood at (208) 313-4166 or lallgood@P-S-T.org.
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