Battelle Energy Alliance’s Board of Managers has announced that John Wagner, Ph.D., will be the next director of Idaho National Laboratory. BEA manages and operates the laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.Wagner will begin his new role on Dec. 11. Wagner has been at INL since 2016 and has been associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Technology since 2017. As a recognized expert in reactor and fuel cycle technologies, Wagner is called upon frequently to provide expert testimony to Congress and to advise in formulation of policies for nuclear fuel cycles and advanced reactors.
Wagner has more than 20 years of experience performing research and managing and leading research and development projects, programs and organizations. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for nearly 17 years, where he held several research and leadership roles in reactor and fuel cycle technologies. Wagner earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is an American Nuclear Society Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the Society and a recipient of the 2013 E.O. Lawrence Award and has authored or co-authored more than 170 refereed journal and conference articles, technical reports and conference summaries.