CASL personnel and resources are spread out over dozens of partner organizations encompassing national labs, academia, and the nuclear industry across the United States and internationally. These unique organizational requirements, as well as the aggressive research timetable, demand an organizational structure that can efficiently accommodate necessary program priority changes and risk management actions, yet possess a primary structure that is stable and functional. The program also requires frequent independent review of management and research goals as well as strategic planning which is achieved through the CASL Board of Directors, Industry Council, and Science Council. 

CASL Director Dr. David Kropaczek (ORNL)

CASL Deputy Director Dr. Jason Hales (INL)

CASL Chief Technologist Dr. Scott Palmtag (NCSU)

Senior Leadership Team (SLT)  |

CASL Focus Areas and Education Program

CASL research and development activities are structured into 6 Focus Areas, each with a lead and deputy:

  • Advanced Modeling Applications led by Dr. Fausto Franceschini (Westinghouse) and Andrew Godfrey (ORNL)
  • Fuels Materials and Chemistry led by Dr. David Andersson (LANL) and Dr. Rich Williamson (INL)
  • Physics Integration led by Dr. Ben Collins (ORNL) and Dr. Tom Downar (University of Michigan)
  • Radiation Transport Methods led by Dr. Bill Martin (University of Michigan) and Dr. Tara Pandya (ORNL)
  • Thermal Hydraulics Methods led by Dr. Emilio Baglietto (MIT) and Dr. David Pointer (ORNL)
  • Verification and Validation Implementation led by Dr. Patrick Mattie (SNL) and Dr. Zach McDaniel (Westinghouse)

In addition to the Focus Areas, the CASL project has developed a robust and successful Education Program based at North Carolina State University under the guidance of Dr. Michael Doster and Sherry Bailey. This program is working to train the next generation of nuclear engineers using the advanced set of tools and resources developed by the CASL.

Board of Directors

The CASL Board of Directors (BOD)

The CASL Board of Directors (BOD) serves as both an advisory and oversight body for the CASL SLT on issues related to management, performance, strategic direction, and institutional interfaces within CASL. The BOD works to ensure the execution of CASL operational and R&D plans provide maximum benefit to key stakeholders. The BOD consists of representatives of the executive leadership of CASL founding partners plus a group of up at-large internationally recognized leaders in R&D, industry, or government with extraordinary records of achievement. These unique positions are leveraged by the CASL project to supports the CASL SLT in managing effective interfaces with key stakeholders, transitional and applied R&D, technology transfer, and commercialization as well as working with senior DOE leadership to support the Hub concept and assist in fostering CASL partner organization interrelationships on an as-needed basis.

Industry Council

The mission of the industry council (IC)

The mission of the Industry Council (IC) is to ensure that CASL strategic goals and solutions are of value and utility to the nuclear industry. This oversight is achieved through early, continuous, and frequent interface and engagement of end-users and technology providers, critical review of CASL plans and products, optimum deployment and applications of periodic VERA releases, identification of strategic collaborations between industry and CASL Focus Areas. 

Science Council

The science council (SC)

The Science Council (SC) works directly with CASL focus area leadership on specific research activities and goals to achieve maximum benefit. The SC identifies supportive scientific activities that are being conducted elsewhere, establishes subcommittees for specific activities if necessary, and stays in frequent communication with CASL researchers to track progress and advise on solutions.