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Steven Krahn

Professor of the Practice of Nuclear Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

Nuclear and environmental policy and regulation; risk assessment and risk management; operational readiness and technology insertion in nuclear facilities; the nuclear fuel cycle.


Dr. Krahn is Professor of the Practice of Nuclear Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Immediately prior to coming to Vanderbilt, he served in U. S. Department of Energy as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety & Security in the Office of Environmental Management.
Dr. Krahn brings to Vanderbilt more than 30 years of technical and project management experience in positions of increasing responsibility in government, private industry and the military. His technical highlights have included: providing leadership to the nation-wide safety program of the largest nuclear program at DOE; providing technical direction and leadership for a major DOE engineering program; managing a federal agency providing safety oversight to the nuclear weapons complex; directing a $25 million division in an engineering services company; leading the technical review of numerous technical and systems issues at nuclear facilities; and providing senior engineering consulting services to the 
U. S. nuclear industry.
He has participated in or led external technical reviews on nuclear waste remediation for the Department of Energy including a range of technology approaches to accelerate cleanup of contaminated areas in vicinity of the Columbia River at Hanford, Washington and waste disposal technologies and options at the Savannah River site in South Carolina.
His project management highlights include: management of the $140 million complex overhaul of a nuclear submarine; management of the $30 million nuclear work package for two submarines; producing the first-ever strategic plan for a federal agency; technical direction of the R&D program for two different DOE program offices; and the direction of the design and construction of two major safety upgrades at DOE nuclear facilities.

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