Farmer named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society

12 June 2020

Mitch Farmer, a senior nuclear engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the organization’s highest honor. 

Farmer received this fellowship for his outstanding scientific contributions and leadership in the area of nuclear reactor safety, particularly for his work on addressing severe accident issues in the light water reactor industry.

Farmer’s work has helped shape the thinking of the nuclear industry and regulatory bodies around the world regarding the effectiveness of accident management strategies. Farmer leads the Light Water Reactor Programs within the laboratory’s Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) division, where he studies reactor core melt accidents.

With over 30 years of experience in reactor development, design, and safety, he is considered an international authority on light water reactor severe accident behavior.

His team’s research on mitigating these types of events help save the U.S. nuclear energy industry USD 1bn in potential costs for modifying boiling water reactors, keeping power plants running while ensuring safety.