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Gougar selected to lead Fission and Fusion Systems Department
Hans Gougar

Hans Gougar

A reactor physics and core modeling researcher at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory has been promoted to lead the laboratory’s Fission and Fusion Systems Department.

Hans Gougar has been promoted to the position within the Nuclear Energy Division. Kathy McCarthy, director of Nuclear Science and Engineering, announced his selection for the position. The vacancy was created earlier this year when McCarthy was promoted to her current director's position. Gougar has been the department’s acting manager the last few months. Prior to that, Gougar served as group leader in the department.

“Gougar’s research interests, experience and enthusiasm made him the ideal candidate for the job,” McCarthy said.

Gougar is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in science education and physics. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a master's degree in nuclear engineering and is writing a dissertation on advanced core design and fuel management in pebble bed reactors. He completed his doctorate in 2004.

Before joining the INL in 1997, Gougar spent a summer as a research associate at Argonne National Laboratory-West and as a graduate assistant for the Penn State Department of Nuclear Engineering. He spent eight years as a high school science teacher in the United States and United Kingdom. He is an active member of the American Nuclear Society.

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