(2014 August 28) Bill Kupferschmidt, AECL’s Vice-President of Research and Development, was named a Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) yesterday at the 2014 Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC) in Vancouver. Bill was recognized as part of the annual CNA (Canadian Nuclear Association) and CNS Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards that pay tribute to the people that have helped to shape the nuclear industry.
In presenting the award, the Awards Committee commended Bill for his contributions in furthering Canadian nuclear technology over his 30+ year career, noting that “Bill has always worked collaboratively with universities, industry and other organizations to ensure the impact of those results would be the best for the nuclear industry. He has also provided generous support to the CNS, encouraging AECL staff to participate in numerous CNS events and activities, and to serve in a variety of executive and nuclear education roles.”
In receiving the award, Bill expressed his appreciation to the CNS and CNA for the recognition. Bill also expressed his thanks to AECL for “providing me with many exciting opportunities and challenges, which helped me to grow and evolve over the years as I worked with such dedicated and talented people who shared my passion for nuclear science and technology.”
In addition to his role at AECL, Bill is the Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Working Group on Advanced Technologies for Heavy Water Reactors, and served as the Chair of the International Technical Program Committee for PBNC 2014. Bill is also a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and received the Canadian Nuclear Outstanding Contributions award in 2012.