• Ryan Schow,
  • UNEP Reactor Supervisor

History: Ryan Schow, a native of Pleasant Grove, UT, graduated in December 2001 from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While pursuing his degree he joined the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program in January 2000. He reported to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.  Upon the completion of Nuclear Power Training in May 2003, he reported to the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT to complete the Submarine Officer’s Basic Course (SOBC).After graduation from SOBC, he reported to the USS OHIO (SSGN 726), home ported in Bangor, WA.  While on board the USS OHIO, he served as the Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, Assistant Engineer, as well as taking part in the first OHIO class refueling, overhaul, conversion, and sea trials process.  While stationed in Bangor, WA he also rode the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) for two Deterrent Patrols.From 2006-2008, he served as the Nuclear Power Officer at the University of Utah NROTC unit.  Ryan most recently came from American Electric Power’s D.C. Cook, Nuclear Power Plant, in Bridgman, MI.  He was licensed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) on both D.C. Cook Units 1 and 2 and was working as a Unit Supervisor. Ryan is married to Melissa and they have six children, Tyler, Tiarra, Britton, Sadie, Sawyer, and Broderick and reside in Cedar Hills, UT.

Ryan had this to say about UNEP: What an exciting time to be involved with University of Utah Nuclear Engineering Program.   It is young and growing and has so much potential.  UNEP has the ability and momentum to do great things and become a leader in this field.  I am excited to bring my Corrective Action Program (CAP) experience to the program and in implementing the DevonWay software for the first time at a University Facility.  This industrial level software is used at commercial nuclear plants across the nation and will be beneficial in addressing the issues involved with operating an aging nuclear reactor.

Research:  Ryan’s research interests include nuclear forensics, nuclear safeguards, radioactive waste, risk, and safety.


    • Gregg Moffitt,
    • UNEP Reactor Supervisor

History: Greg Moffitt is a Utah native currently working on his Master’s in Nuclear Engineering. Greg obtained his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering from the University of Utah. Greg’s work experience includes three years at the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah, a summer internship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an internship in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington.  Outside of work and school Greg’s hobbies include baseball and basketball, with most summer Saturdays being spent playing baseball.

Greg had this to say about UNEP: The Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Utah provides great opportunities in research and professional development.  The program has seen major growth the last few years and I can comfortably say that I would never have received some of the amazing research, internship, and reactor operation experiences I have gained being part of UNEP.   These opportunities available to all students are geared to preparing students for real world experience, both in research and industry that will prepare them for successful careers as nuclear engineers.  Now is a great time to be part of the program and the field because there is great demand in the world for nuclear engineers.

Research:  Greg’s research is focused on modeling neutron sources and their applications in medicine, nuclear power, nuclear safeguards and industry.


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  • Steve Burnham
  • UNEP Lab Planer and Analyst

History: Steve came from Anchorage, Alaska to study engineering at the University of Utah in 2008.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in the spring of 2012.  Steve joined UNEP in the spring of 2011 and began researching the effects of neutrons on diamonds as well as the elemental composition of meteorites.  He is currently finishing his Master’s degree and beginning PhD work where he has been studying the creation of low-activation concrete.  Outside of school Steve enjoys spending time with his family consisting of his wife and brand new daughter as of April 2013.  He will also drop almost anything to go water-skiing.

Steve had this to say about UNEP: I was first drawn to UNEP because of the unique needs of nuclear engineering.  The future of nuclear engineering will require the expertise of all engineering disciplines.  UNEP succeeds at fusing all engineering disciplines to not only better the future of nuclear energy but also the future of all engineers involved in the program.

Research:  Steve’s research involves the investigation and creation of new concrete that will be able to withstand the effects of neutron radiation over extended periods of time without every being classified as low-level radioactive waste.  This will decrease the costs associated with building new nuclear infrastructure and reduce unwanted waste.