Change of Leadership in the IAEA Division of Nuclear Power
14 October 2009
Mr. Jong Kyun Park has assumed the position of Director of the Division of Nuclear Power in the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy effective October 2009. He is succeeding Mr. Akira Omoto who returns to his home country, Japan.
Mr. Park comes from the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) where, since 2002, he held the positions of Vice President in the areas of Advanced Reactor Technology Development, Advanced Nuclear Technology Development, Nuclear Hydrogen Development, and most recently Nuclear Policy and International Relations.
"I am delighted to join the Agency and its Department of Nuclear Energy at a time, when nuclear power is considered by many countries as an option to meet their energy needs in the 21st century", says Mr Park and emphasizes that he has followed INPRO and its development for some time. "I used to be a member of the INPRO Steering Committee as a representative of the Republic of Korea, and I can say that my country has benefited greatly from an active participation in INPRO", states Mr. Park. "The Project has matured and is now an important part of the Agency's support to Member States. I look forward to establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with the current 31 INPRO Members, and to working with the INPRO Group at the IAEA, as they implement the ambitious agenda that is planned for the next few years."
Mr. Park started his career at KAERI in 1975 as a researcher in the field of Nuclear Engineering and continued extended research at the US Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He used to worked for Combustion Engineering in the field of nuclear engineering and reactor design, and for Long Island Lighting Company at Shoreham Nuclear Power Station for one year as a nuclear specialist. Returning to KAERI in 1987, Mr. Park took significant leading roles in R&D in nuclear science and engineering, including Manager of Reactor Safety Analysis, Director of the Nuclear Fuel and Reactor Core Design Project, Nuclear Policy Research, the Korean Next Generation Reactor Development, and KAERI's Nuclear Training Center.
Mr. Park holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Seoul National University and a Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering and Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in USA. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Korean Nuclear Society.