Current Issues in the Nuclear Field (PDH*)

Chip Lagdon

Richard H “Chip” Lagdon Jr.

Professor of Practice in Nuclear Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bechtel National Inc. Reston, VA

Monday, September 13, 2021

Zoom Webinar **


For the recording of the presentation, go to the

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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.


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