Change of Leadership in NE Department and INPRO
Feb 2, 2011
Mr Alexander V. Bychkov has joined the IAEA today as Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. He is succeeding Mr Yuri Sokolov who has returned to his home country, the Russian Federation, at the end of 2010. Mr Bychkov will also become the Project Manager of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO).
Mr Bychkov comes to the IAEA from the Russian Federation, where he was Director General of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) in Dimitrovgrad and, after RIAR's privatization in 2008, Director of the Joint Stock Company SSC RIAR. As a scientific leader for RIIAR he has been involved in INPRO activities for many years. His roles include being a technical participant and representative of Russia in INPRO Collaborative Projects and activities such as GAINS and Global Vision, invited speaker at INPRO meetings, briefing sessions at IAEA General Conferences and during the 10th anniversary events of INPRO in September 2010. In November 2010 he chaired the 16th meeting of the INPRO Steering Committee as a member of the Russian delegation.
"I am pleased to join the IAEA and to take on the leadership of the Department of Nuclear Energy at a time when IAEA support to member states is so important to countries building or considering new programmes. It is the success of these countries which will signal the arrival of the nuclear renaissance", says Mr Bychkov. "It is also an exciting time to take over INPRO's project management. INPRO is planning its activities for the next biennium (2012-2013) and is establishing a vision for the next five years. INPRO has an important role in helping member states consider the sustainability of their existing and planned nuclear energy systems and the role of technology and institutional innovations in achieving their long range nuclear energy strategy" he states.
Mr Bychkov's areas of expertise are in molten salt chemistry, actinide and nuclear fuel processing, closed nuclear fuel cycle technology, techniques and operation of hot cells and laboratories, and the production and utilization of radionuclides and radiation sources. He is one of the leading specialists in the field of non-aqueous methods of nuclear fuel reprocessing and associated equipment. Mr Bychkov is a recognized ROSATOM expert on issues of nuclear fuel cycle, disposal of nuclear materials, nuclear fuel reprocessing and associated technologies and investigations of nuclear fuel and innovative fabrication technologies (for more details see biography below).
Contact: R. Beatty