Current Issues in the Nuclear Field (PDH*)

Richard H “Chip” Lagdon Jr.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bechtel National Inc. Reston, VA

Monday, September 13, 2021


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Mr. Lagdon is Professor of Practice in Nuclear Engineering at UT. He also is Engineering Manager, Systems Integration and Chief Engineer, Nuclear Operations & Safety with Bechtel.

He will review the status of current projects for Natrium and VTR fast reactors, the challenges of advanced reactor licensing and how the development of the Nuclear Licensing Course NE486/586 at UT reckons with these challenges.

Mr. Lagdon has forty years of progressive nuclear experience managing projects, developing technical policy, interfacing with stakeholders and developing long range plans. He is an accomplished nuclear professional, practiced in engineering, emergency operations, plant startups and conduct of operations while supporting operational goals.

He possesses superior leadership skills, experienced in leading multi-functional startup and project review teams that help meet mission objectives and establish critical priorities. He is a problem solver, noted for finding solutions to difficult technical and regulatory issues. He is an accomplished speaker and author with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, having conducted briefings for regulators, congressional staffs and public groups.

From working as Shift Test Engineer for the reactors of the nuclear Navy to developing life cycle maintenance plans for aircraft carriers, Captain Lagdon’s broad range of assignments over 30 years in the Navy Reserves, earned him the Leo Bilger award for outstanding leadership. The civilian side of his career included a decade as Chief of Nuclear Safety in the U.S. Department of Energy, where he lead nuclear construction reviews for projects totaling more than $15 billion.


* Professional Development Hours arranged by the Technical Society of Knoxville meet the State of Tennessee’s continuing education requirements for professional engineers. A PDH consists of at least 50 minutes of prepared presentation with discussion reserved for the time after the meeting. The State Licensing Board does not pre-approve such hours and TSK does not guarantee approval, but it strictly adheres to the Board-specified requirements and issues a certificate of attendance. For more information contact the secretary, Wayne Loveday, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 865-679-9854.


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