The Chairholder and director of the research program is Dr. Mahesh Pandey, who provides scientific leadership and supervision to the research team. Dr. Pandey is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has extensive experience in basic and applied research in the areas of mechanics and reliability of engineering structures. He is also an internationally recognized research professor in the field of risk management and life cycle methods.

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The research team currently consists of one full-time researcher and a number of graduate students and post-graduate fellows. Immediate employment opportunities exist for highly qualified Post Doctoral Fellows (PDFs), as well as graduate students of varying backgrounds (please see our Opportunities page for more information).

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Collaboration

The Chair personnel work in consultation with an industrial advisory committee (IAC), consisting of representatives from the various industry partners. The IAC provides general guidance and serves as the industry’s points of contact for the research team during the course of the program. The Chair also has close relationships with many visiting researchers and international collaborators from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Union, the U.S. and other countries.

On a technical level, the research team is actively interacting with several company scientists from the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and Bruce Power to exchange information, including data and modelling results related to various CANDU systems. The team also participates in many industry workshops and working groups organized, e.g., by the CANDU Owners Group (COG) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The Chair also provides perspective and technical insight to experts at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regarding the probabilistic assessment of reactor components.