CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jose Reyes, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University and founder of NuScale Power, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Reyes, on the faculty of OSU’s College of Engineering for 30 years, was one of 99 new members elected this year, each one of the world’s most accomplished engineers.

“It is extremely gratifying to see my innovative research, born at Oregon State University, mature into the cutting-edge NuScale Power technology now poised to change the world,” Reyes said. “The greatest validation of an engineer’s innovation is to see it put into practice for the benefit of people and the planet. I am greatly honored to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering and look forward to contributing to its mission.”

Reyes, who retired in December 2017, ran OSU’s nuclear engineering and radiation health physics program from 2005 to 2010 and directed the Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory at Oregon State.

Reyes, who held the title of Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette Endowed Chair in Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics, founded NuScale Power while at OSU and serves as the company’s chief technology officer.

The National Academy of Engineering, founded in 1964, operates under the 154-year-old congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that established the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS is now known as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The National Academy of Engineering has 2,555 peer-elected members, all senior professionals in business, academia and government, who provide leadership regarding how engineering, technology and quality of life relate to one another.

Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.”

Reyes will be formally inducted Sept. 30 during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

College of Engineering

About the OSU College of Engineering: The college is a global leader in artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced manufacturing, clean water and energy, materials science, computing, resilient infrastructure and health-related engineering. Among the nation’s largest and most productive engineering programs, the college awards more bachelor’s degrees in computer science than any other institution in the United States. The college ranks second nationally among land grant universities, and fifth among the nation’s 94 public R1 universities, for percentage of tenured or tenure-track engineering faculty who are women.


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