U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner William Magwood will be leaving his post to become the Director General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Developmentâs Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris.
Magwood said in Reuters that he will join NEA in September. He was first sworn in as one of five commissioners in April 1, 2010 for a term that ended on June 30, 2010, then reappointed to a term ending June 30, 2015. He served for seven years as the director of Nuclear Energy with the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was the senior nuclear technology official in the U.S. government. He holds a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in English from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said Magwood will be a great addition to the NEA.
"Commissioner Magwood brings exceptional credentials to the position of director-general. He is serving his second term as a commissioner at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and he was the longest-serving director of nuclear energy within the U.S. Department of Energy," Fertel said. "Throughout his career, Commissioner Magwood has been an advocate of international cooperation in nuclear energy technology and of strengthening science and technology education. His leadership in these areas, and in assuring public participation in the policy process, will be important attributes as he prepares to lead OECDâs Nuclear Energy Agency."
The NEA is an intergovernmental multinational agency organized under the OECD. There are currently 31 member countries from Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region that account for approximately 85 percent of the worldâs installed nuclear capacity.
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