Kristine Svinicki, an adjunct professor in the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, was given the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).
“Over the course of my career, I have watched as esteemed colleagues received this award. Consequently, it was both humbling and deeply meaningful to learn that I would be this year’s recipient,” said Svinicki. “This award is granted only to those who reach beyond the nuclear community and strive to create knowledge and understanding of the benefit of nuclear technology in the broader policy dialogue. Creating these conversations has been an important part of my work in nuclear, ever since serving as President of the University of Michigan ANS Chapter during my student days in Ann Arbor.”
The Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award recognizes an individual for outstanding service in developing and guiding the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The award is a joint effort between ANS and NEI. The nominee must be widely recognized for their statesmanlike contributions to the many aspects of nuclear energy. A significant segment of the candidate’s work must have been directed toward the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Kristine Svinicki joined the department in March after stepping down as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) after a celebrated 13-year tenure.
Svinicki earned a bachelor’s degree from NERS in 1988. NERS honored her with our department’s Merit Award in 2009, and the College of Engineering honored her with the Alumni Medal in 2017. Beyond serving as NRC chair, Svinicki’s extensive resume includes broad-based policy experience with the U.S. Department of Energy and with the United States Senate. Learn more about Svinicki’s previous positions and background here.