IDACORP Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Peters to serve on the board of directors of IDACORP and Idaho Power. He is the executive vice president for laboratory operations at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. From 2015 through December 2020, he served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls and president of Battelle Energy Alliance. Prior to Battelle, he held multiple leadership positions over two decades with the Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in geology from Auburn University, Peters earned his doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. In 2015, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society for outstanding accomplishments in nuclear science and technology. He serves as a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy on nuclear energy technologies, research and development programs and nuclear waste policy. He served two years as chairman of the National Laboratory Directors’ Council, an independent body that coordinates initiatives and advises the U.S. Department of Energy and other laboratory stakeholders.