Hassan named nuclear engineering department head

Photo of Dr. Yassin HassanDr. Yassin Hassan has been appointed head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Hassan has served as interim department head since January 2012.

Before joining Texas A&M in September 1986, he worked for seven years at the Nuclear Power Division of the Babcock & Wilcox Company in Lynchburg, Va. He received his bachelor's degree from Alexandria University in Egypt, and his master's and his Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in nuclear engineering. He also has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Hassan's professional recognitions include selection as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was awarded the 2008 ANS Seaborg Medal for outstanding research contributions, the 2003 George Westinghouse Gold Medal for achievements in power field of mechanical engineering, the 2004 Thermal Hydraulics Technical Achievement Award from by the Thermal Hydraulic Division of the ANS, the 2003 ANS Arthur Holly Compton Award for contributions to nuclear engineering education and research, and the 2001 Glenn Murphy Award of the American Association for Engineering Education.

He is the editor-in-chief of Nuclear Engineering and Design, the premier technical journal of the nuclear engineering field. He has written more than 110 refereed technical journal articles, 263 refereed conference contributions and 270 summaries in ANS Transactions. In 2007, Hassan was sworn in as a part-time technical judge to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.