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Krahn receives U.S. academy’s environmental engineering certification

Steven L. Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, has been accepted by eminence into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member in the specialty practice of hazardous waste management.


Krahn performs research in the technologies associated with the materials processing and risk assessment associated with the nuclear fuel cycle, and he actively participates in the Consortium for Risk Evaluation and Stakeholder Participation (CRESP), an engineering research center at Vanderbilt that works to advance cost-effective cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons production waste sites and test facilities.

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Krahn was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety and Security in the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management — the largest nuclear program in the United States.  He has more than 30 years of technical and project management experience in positions in government, private industry and the military.

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.

Krahn’s project management highlights include management of the $140 million complex overhaul of a nuclear submarine; technical direction of the research and development programs for two DOE program offices; and the direction of the design and construction of two major safety upgrades at DOE nuclear facilities.

He has received numerous honors and awards. Some include the U.S. DOE’s Career Distinguished Service Award, a Meritorious Service Medal, U. S. Navy; and a Meritorious Service Award, U. S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Institute for Chemical Engineering.

Krahn received a B.S. in metallurgical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in materials science from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California. He also earned a certificate in nuclear engineering, Bettis Reactor Engineering School, DOE; and a certificate in management and leadership from MIT’s Sloan School.

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