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Dr. Nikolai Nikolaevich Ponomarev-Stepnoi

Dr. Nikolai Nikolaevich Ponomarev-Stepnoi is vice president of Russia's premier nuclear science organization, the Kurchatov Institute (KI), located in Moscow. Dr. Ponomarev-Stepnoi is an academician who is widely respected in Russia and internationally. He is very familiar with the Putin Iniative, which centers around the concept of development of International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Centers. He is also well-versed in the U.S. nuclear energy initiative known as Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

Dr. Ponomarev-Stepnoi began his career at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy as Senior Technician in 1952, after graduating from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute. In 1962 he took the position of Deputy Director of the High-temperature Power Systems Department. In 1987 he became the First Deputy Director of the Kurchatov Institute, and since 1992 he has been holding the position of Vice President of the Russian Research Center "Kurchatov Institute".

His research interests are wide-ranging and cover such areas as reactor physics and technology; thermionic energy conversion; nuclear and radiation safety; radiation damage of nuclear materials; non-proliferation; control and accounting of nuclear materials; nuclear fuel cycle (Pu disposition, Th utilization). He is a participant in the development of a nuclear aircraft (KAR), a nuclear rocket engine (IVG), a thermionic converter-reactor (Romashka), a space thermionic nuclear power system (Yenisei), high-temperature helium cooled reactors (VG-400, MGR, GT-MHR), a commercial reactor for isotope production, new generation light water reactors (NP-640, VPBER, VVER-m). He received his Doctor Sc. degree in 1964. He has published 121 papers and two books: Heat Release in a Nuclear Reactor in 1985, and Nuclear Reactor Profiling in 1988. For his scientific accomplishments, he was awarded two prestigious USSR/Russia prizes: the Lenin Prize and State Prize.

Since 1971, Dr. Ponomarev-Stepnoi has served as Professor with the Moscow Aviation Institute (Technical University). He heads the Chair of Nuclear Processes Modeling at the Moscow Physics and Technical Institute, and the Branch Chair of Aircraft Engines at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

He has been a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 1987. At the Academy he chairs the Research Council on Nuclear Power. Dr. Ponomarev-Stepnoi served as President of the Russian Nuclear Society in 1992-1993, and was a member of the ANS Board of Directors in 1999-2001.

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