José N. Reyes, Ph.D.

José N. Reyes, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Reyes is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. He is an internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing and operations for nuclear power plants. He has served as a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical expert on passive safety systems. He is a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending in 20 countries. He has received several national awards including the 2013 Nuclear Energy Advocate Award, the 2014 American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulic Division Technical Achievement Award and the 2017 Nuclear Infrastructure Council Trailblazer Award. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

At Oregon State University, Dr. Reyes served as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. He directed the Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory (ATHRL) and was the co-director of the Battelle Energy Alliance Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) for Thermal Fluids and Reactor Safety in support of the Idaho National Laboratory mission. Additionally, Dr. Reyes was the OSU principal investigator for the AP600 and AP1000 design certification test programs sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse. He currently serves as a Professor Emeritus in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Prior to joining the faculty at OSU in 1987, Dr. Reyes worked nearly 10 years as a thermal hydraulics research engineer in the Reactor Safety Division of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida. He is the author of numerous journal articles and technical reports, including a book chapter on SMRs for an ASME B&PV Codes and Standards handbook. He has given lectures and keynote addresses to professional nuclear organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Oregon
  • Fellow of ANS and Member of ASME
  • Inaugural Holder of the Henry and Janice Schuette Endowed Chair Professor, Oregon State University

Keynote Speaking Engagements in 2018:

  • MIT Professional Course on Nuclear Plant Safety, Cambridge, MA, June 2018
  • Conference Presentations at the National American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in Washington, DC June 2018
  • Modeling, Experimentation Validation (MeV) Summer School, "NuScale - Small Modular Water Cooled Reactor," Argonne National Lab, Argonne, IL, July 2018
  • Dean's Distinguished Lecture "Innovating Our Energy Future," Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, October 2018
  • Innovation Cool Earth Forum, (ICEF), Tokyo, Japan, October 2018
  • 27th Annual Edward Teller Lecture, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Advancement (CNTA) Aiken, SC, October 2018
  • Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), SRNL Symposium Series, Aiken, SC, October 2018
  • Nuclear 4Puerto Rico Delegation visit to San Juan, San Sebastian, Villalba and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, P.R., October & November 2018
  • Generation IV Small Reactor Conference (G4SR-1), Ottawa, Canada, November 2018
Jose Reyes