Fuels and Material Development
Bruce Hilton leads TerraPower’s effort to test and develop advanced nuclear fuels for the traveling wave reactor. Previously as senior technical manager at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Hilton directed the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCRD) Postirradiation Examinations of advanced nuclear fuel for fast reactors.
At the INL, Hilton was also the lead for irradiation testing of the high burnup actinide-bearing transmutation metallic alloy fuels. Hilton provided key technical leadership in developing and establishing new capabilities and programmatic initiatives such as M5TM Fuel Rod and Guide Tube Hot Cell Examination, GNEP PIE Equipment and Light Water Reactor Sustainability. He was a technical consultant for commercial LWR fuel examinations, principal investigator for development of advanced burnup methodologies and technical lead for establishing the Shielded Electron Probe MicroAnalyzer and Mechanical Testing System.
Hilton received a B.S. in physics from Brigham Young University in 1990, a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993, and a Ph.D. in nuclear materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society.