Executive Vice President
David McAlees is the Executive Vice President of TerraPower, where he is part of the team developing fast reactor technology, breed-and-burn physics, and testing of new materials and fuel in Russia’s BOR-60 Reactor. He leads the effort to analyze technology demonstration, market penetration and commercial deployment.
Dr. McAlees earned a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a diploma from the Bettis Reactor Engineering School, U.S. Navy Reactors. He also has an MSNE and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Previously, Dr. McAlees served as consultant to the Nuclear Waste Separation Technology Development Project at Archimedes Technology Group and was program director for the Uranium Isotope Separation Project (Plasma Technologies).
During his career of more than 40 years in commercial nuclear power, McAlees held various positions in Exxon Nuclear, Siemens Power Corporation and Siemens A.G., where as Senior Vice President in the U.S. and Co-director of the Nuclear Division in Germany he focused on Siemens nuclear reactors, services and fuel-cycle activities worldwide. In addition, McAlees’ professional memberships include membership in the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is also the Chairman of the U.S. ITER Project Advisory Board.