Kevan Weaver

Director of Technology Integration

Kevan Weaver

Kevan Weaver leads TerraPower’s technology development and integration team. Before joining TerraPower, he worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for more than nine years in various capacities. He served as the national technical director for System Interface and Support Systems for the Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative, and as technical lead for Reactor Testing and Qualification for Fission Surface Power Systems for a NASA/Department of Energy Space Reactor Program.

He also served as the U.S. system integration manager for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant/Very High Temperature Reactor (NGNP) and Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor programs. He was also the co-chair on the international Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor system steering committee for the Generation IV International Forum. Early in his tenure at INL, he was group leader for the Advanced Reactor Design Group. With much of his career in advanced reactor design and analysis, Dr. Weaver collaborated with fellow researchers on Generation IV nuclear energy systems and the Generation IV International Forum.

His technical background includes reactor physics, reactor design, fuel cycle analysis, radiation spectroscopy, radioisotope production and reactor operations. In addition, Dr. Weaver is the author or co-author of more than 90 publications and technical reports in nuclear science and engineering, and is the co-author of a new textbook on fast spectrum reactors.

Dr. Weaver holds a Bachelor of Science in physics with minors in math and Spanish from Brigham Young University, and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Utah. He is a member of the Alpha Nu Sigma and Tau Beta Pi honor societies, and is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Technical Publications

Media Coverage

  • Can North America’s Advanced Nuclear Reactor Companies Help Save the Planet?

    Elisabeth Eaves discusses the advanced reactor industry in North America, including an interview with TerraPower’s Kevan Weaver. Notably, Kevan discusses TerraPower’s commitment to and progress towards commercialization for both the traveling wave reactor and the molten chloride fast reactor.

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  • TerraPower: At The Nexus of New Nuclear Technology and Chinese Trade

    TerraPower’s Kevan Weaver participates in a Q&A with NEI Nuclear Notes, highlighting the importance of 123 Agreements in facilitating the company’s international R&D programs.

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  • A Radical Plan to Power the Planet for 72 Years

    Wired’s Lauren Zanolli highlights TerraPower as she explores how next generation nuclear technology can power the planet with carbon-free electricity.

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  • Lab scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

    Contributing to an effort led by the U.S. Department of Energy about the future of advanced reactors, TerraPower’s Kevan Weaver discusses the need for global nuclear energy development.

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  • The Nuclear Option

    Reporter Celeste LeCompte discusses the role of nuclear energy in the global energy mix in light of its advantages related to climate sensitivities, highlighting TerraPower as a company with a prominent role in the industry’s future.

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  • Big Names Usher TerraPower Forward…But How Far?

    According to noted energy analyst Chris Gadomski, with almost 100 reactors under construction in countries around the globe, TerraPower’s novel traveling wave technology takes the existing nuclear generation market in a new direction.

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