Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Reducing Proliferation Risks from HEU-Fueled Research and Test Reactors

Study Director:


Dr. Richard A. Meserve - (Chair)
Carnegie Institution for Science

Richard A. Meserve (NAE) was appointed the ninth president of the Carnegie Institution for Science in December 2002. Dr. Meserve was the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) from October 1999 until March 2003 when he assumed the Carnegie presidency. He is currently senior of counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, where he was a partner before joining the USNRC. He devoted his legal practice to technical issues arising in environmental and toxic tort litigation, counseling scientific societies and high-tech companies, and nuclear licensing. Dr. Meserve also served as an adviser to the President???s Science and Technology Advisor from 1977-81, and as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Among other affiliations, he is a member of the American Philosophical Society, and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Physical Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of the AAAS and has served as chairman or a member of numerous committees of the National Academies, including the Science, Technology and Law Program Panel in 2003, the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems in 1999, the Board on Radioactive Waste Management from 2004-2005, and the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board from 2006 to the present. He also was chair of the Committee on Upgrading Russian Capabilities for Controlling Highly Enriched Uranium and Plutonium. He received his bachelor???s degree from Tufts University in 1966, a law degree from Harvard in 1975, and his Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Stanford in 1976. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.


Dr. David J. Diamond
Brookhaven National Laboratory

David J. Diamond is Chief Scientist in the Nuclear Science and Technology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is also acting leader of the Nuclear Analysis Group. He has extensive experience in nuclear reactor safety, primarily through his work for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He has also worked on safety issues with regulatory bodies in more than a half dozen countries as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency. His technical contributions are through the application of neutronics and thermal-hydraulics models, and the combining of deterministic and statistical analyses. The applications have been to problems in light and heavy water power and non-power reactors. For research and test reactors (RTRs) he has led a team providing support in reactor analysis and other disciplines for the research reactor at the NIST Center for Neutron Research. The team also provides support to the USNRC staff responsible for RTR licensing. An example of the latter work has been the review of the safety reports for conversion (HEU to LEU fuel) of the NRC licensed university reactors. He has been asked to chair various international panels addressing safety issues. Dr. Diamond has been asked to chair various international panels addressing safety issues. Dr. Diamond received his PhD from M.I.T., is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and a recipient of the ANS??? Tommy Thompson Award recognizing contributions to nuclear installation safety.


Dr. James L. Snelgrove
Argonne National Laboratory

James L. (Jim) Snelgrove received his B.S. in physics from Tennessee Technological University in 1964 and his M.S. in physics in 1966 and Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics in 1968 from Michigan State University. He then joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), from which he retired as senior physicist in February 2007. During his first ten years, he worked in the areas of fast reactor critical experiments and test reactor analysis and design. He worked on the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program from its inception in 1978 until he retired, mainly in the areas of high-density fuel and Mo-99 target development and testing. He led the fuel development and testing effort from late 1981 until mid-2004 and coordinated the program???s collaboration on fuel development with the Russian RERTR program from 1996 until his retirement. From 2005 through 2008, he coordinated the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) effort to produce a document on ???Good Practices for Qualification of High Density LEU Research Reactor Fuels,??? which was published as a Nuclear Energy Series document in 2009. Since late 2009, he has been coordinating preparation of another IAEA document on the properties of uranium molybdenum alloy research reactor fuels. Currently he works part time at ANL for the RERTR program as a senior advisor for research reactor fuels, and he occasionally consults with agencies and companies around the world in the area of research reactor fuel development and qualification.