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Dr. José Reyes, (M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1986, Nuclear Engineering), is an internationally-recognized innovator and expert on passive safety system design, testing, and operations for nuclear power plants. He is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of its passively-cooled small nuclear reactor, the first small modular reactor to receive approval by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dr. Reyes’ work was born from a passion for addressing the world’s growing global energy demand while tackling what he identifies as the greatest challenge facing our planet: climate change. Dr. Reyes recognized nuclear energy as a critical solution to this challenge. His work is dedicated to developing scalable advanced nuclear technology for the production of electricity, heat, and clean water, improving lives for people around the world.
In addition to being a Maryland Engineering alumnus and member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Reyes serves on the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Visiting Committee.
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