UT Professor Named American Nuclear Society Fellow

HashemianHash Hashemian, an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at UT, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, one of the highest honors in his field.

“It is extremely difficult for someone to be chosen as a fellow by the society, so for anyone in our field it is a huge honor,” said Hashemian. “I cannot tell you how humbled I am by this.”

The company that he co-founded with former nuclear engineering head Tom Kerlin—Analysis Measurement Services Corporation—is involved in one way or another in every nuclear energy facility in the United States, as well as some in Europe and Asia, a fact not lost on the society.

According to the group, the selection of Hashemian was in large part due to his “outstanding achievements in the development and application of industry-leading instrumentation and control testing and analysis equipment and services . . . of significant value to the worldwide nuclear industry.”

Condra Chair and Chancellor’s Professor Lawrence Townsend, Professor Belle Upadhyaya, and Governor’s Chair Steven Zinkle, all full-time faculty in UT’s nuclear engineering department, are also ANS fellows.

“This is a tremendous honor for Hash, and one we can be proud of because of his connections to UT, both now and as one of our graduates,” said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering.

Hashemian is a 1977 graduate of UT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering.

In addition to his doctorate in nuclear engineering, Hashemian also has doctorates in electrical engineering and computer engineering. He is a fellow of the International Society of Automation, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the European Nuclear Society.

Include the fact that he’s written or co-authored seventeen books and more than 300 papers—which have been translated across the globe—and has advised NASA, the defense department, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, among others, and his selection seems natural.

“Our industry has had its ups and downs, but we’ve always kept striving to maintain that edge,” said Hashemian. “I always cared deeply about doing something, and I’ve been able to stick to a plan that worked. If you have a dream and are willing to work hard to make it come true, good things will happen.”

Hashemian and other honorees will be recognized and during the annual ANS winter meeting in Anaheim, California, on November 10.

C O N T A C T :

David Goddard (865-974-0683, david.goddard@utk.edu)