Ted Wood, a software analyst with Idaho National Laboratory’s Risk Assessment & Management Services Department, has received the George C. Laurence Pioneering Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding pioneering contributions to the field of nuclear reactor safety philosophy. The award was established in 1988 by the ANS’ Nuclear Installations Safety Division to honor Dr. George C. Laurence, a pioneer in the Canadian nuclear program and former president of the Atomic Energy Control Board, an integral part of the Canadian nuclear safety regulatory system.
Wood is the software team leader and lead software developer for Systems Analysis Programs for Hands-on Integrated Reliability Evaluations (SAPHIRE) 8 risk software, a program used by government and private industries that analyzes risk in reactors or other complex engineering systems using event tree model and fault tree models. Wood has been with INL for 32 years and has experience in writing software, designing interfaces, web programming and database management. He has experience in debugging software, and programming in Delphi, Pascal, Modula-2, and C languages. He also has designed and updated several websites. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.