Dr. Andrew Kadak applies his extensive experience in the nuclear industry to current problems facing operating nuclear plants and those proposed for construction. He leads Exponent’s Nuclear Services expertise in addressing problems of national and international significance. These areas include engineering fundamentals in mechanical, structural, metallurgical, chemical, and electrical engineering. Additional areas include executive management consulting, construction, and operations covering such areas as risk, reliability, vulnerability and root cause analyses, and corrective action program development and assessment. Of significance to the nuclear industry, Dr. Kadak’s responsibilities include regulatory strategy development and compliance assessment.
Dr. Kadak’s expertise ranges from day-to-day operations of nuclear plants to senior executive management. Dr. Kadak has lead license renewal of operating reactors, systematic evaluation of older plants to allow them to demonstrate compliance to new regulations, financial rate proceedings to assure adequate capital for safe operation, innovative fuel purchase agreements, high level nuclear waste disposal, and storage solutions. His technical background has allowed him to actively direct strategy dealing with reactor vessel embrittlement, boiling water reactor pipe replacements and how to manage aging of nuclear plants. He presently consults on decommissioning of nuclear plants and has served on safety review boards of nuclear utilities.
Dr. Kadak is also currently a research affiliate in the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology having previously been a Professor of the Practice for 12 years. His research interests include the development of advanced reactors, in particular the high temperature pebble bed gas reactor, space nuclear power systems, improved technology neutral licensing standards for advanced reactors and operations and management issues of existing nuclear power plants. Dr. Kadak supervises research on the design, safety, proliferation, fuel performance, waste disposal concerns, and economics of the pebble bed reactor. Dr. Kadak is one of the lead experts on the high temperature pebble bed reactor. He has developed a unique modular pebble bed design – GEM-100 which takes advantage of modern manufacturing techniques for the nuclear power industry. His expertise ranges from reactor physics, power conversion, safety analysis, and engineering systems. Dr. Kadak has recently been working on Hybrid Fusion Energy systems and sodium cooled fast reactors. He is also a principal author of the MIT Fuel Cycle study. Dr. Kadak has served as Chairman of the Undergraduate Committee working on curriculum development and recruitment.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kadak was President of Kadak Associates, a specialty consulting firm he established after 18 years of experience at Yankee Atomic Electric Company. At Yankee, Dr. Kadak was President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all Yankee operations, including the decommissioning of the Yankee plant in Rowe, Massachusetts and engineering, licensing, environmental, and operational support to all eight Yankee-affiliated nuclear plants in New England and many other national and international clients.
Dr. Kadak was President of the American Nuclear Society in 1999-2000. He has served as a board and executive committee member of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the industry’s Advisory Committee on High Level Waste. He has served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners special panel on high level nuclear waste and the Aspen Institute’s “Dialogue on Nuclear Waste Disposal.” In 1995, he was a member of the Advisory Committee on External Regulation of Department of Energy Nuclear Safety. He has also conducted several audits of nuclear companies to assess management and served as chairman of a panel providing suggestions to the DOE’s Nevada Test Site as to how to make their operations more like commercial industries. In 2005, Dr. Kadak was appointed by President Bush to serve on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. In addition, he serves as a member of the Senior Nuclear Safety Oversight Board of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Stations in Guangdong Province, China. Dr. Kadak has made more than 70 lectures and speeches on topics related to the technical and business aspects of nuclear power.