Spotlight: Steve Stow
Nuclear Waste Disposal from X-10 to Yucca Mountain
Can We Connect the Dots?
Come learn about the safe disposal of nuclear waste in various sites around the United States!
Having grown up in Nashville, Steve graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in geology; he attended graduate school at Rice University and received M.S. and PhD degrees. He spent three years with CONOCO in Oklahoma working on the geochemistry of phosphate deposits, then joined the Geology Department at the University of Alabama, where he advanced to Full Professor and initiated a research program on the geochemistry of mafic-ultramafic rocks in the southern Piedmont. After 11 years, Steve joined the staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he initially took a managerial position as part of ORNL’s role in identification of a site for disposal of high-level nuclear waste. He then became involved with characterization and monitoring of historic nuclear waste disposal practices at various Oak Ridge facilities, including ORNL, Y-12, and K-25. Steve also assumed management of the Earth and Atmospheric Science Section at ORNL, a group of over 90 earth scientists and engineers. He later took a management role for the “environmental restoration” activities at Oak Ridge, and, after two years, assumed the role as Ethics Officer for ORNL (and Y-12). In 2003, he became Director for the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge, a DOE facility formerly managed by ORNL. Steve has been author or co-author on over 60 open literature publications and other scientific reports.
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