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Hall of Fame

To be considered for inclusion in the Nuclear Engineering Department Hall of Fame, inductees must have earned a degree from the UT Department of Nuclear Engineering(UT), or an engineering degree from another accredited engineering school or college with a sustained positive relationship with the NE Department; have had at least ten years of engineering and/or other professional experience since earning their engineering degree; and be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the profession and to society by membership in honorary societies and receipt or special honors and awards from recognized national and international academic and/or industrial organizations.

Inaugural Class-2017

The Department of Nuclear Engineering honored the inaugural class of the Nuclear Engineering Hall of Fame during the department’s spring 2017 awards banquet. The Hall of Fame recognizes nuclear engineering graduates or those with a sustained positive relationship with the department. The 2017 inductees all have made exceptional contributions to the nuclear engineering community through their technical innovations, scholarly activities, and leadership.
Photos from the inaugural awards can be found here.

Dr. Pietro F. Pasqua

Dr. Pasqua was the founding Head of the UT Nuclear Engineering Department in 1957 and served from 1957 to 1988. He received the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado where he also played intercollegiate baseball. He received the MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1947 and the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering also from Northwestern University in 1952. He is fondly remembered by faculty, staff, and students not only for his scholarly accomplishments and outstanding leadership, but also for his integrity, kindness, and dedication to teaching and learning. He was a genuine inspiration to all that knew him, and he will forever live in the hearts and minds of those he touched.

Dr. Wayne Coleman

Dr. Coleman earned a BS of Nuclear Engineering in 1963, an MS in Nuclear Engineering in 1965 and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 1969, all from the University of Tennessee.  Wayne Coleman’s career in the nuclear industry spans almost forty years, including his time with the Army Nuclear Defense Laboratory. Following his military tour, he began work with a small firm of just fifteen people, then called Science Applications, Inc. Wayne would devote more than thirty-five years of dedicated leadership to what became known as SAIC, serving in multiple roles and ending at his retirement as Vice president of Science Applications Internal Corporation which grew to more than 40,000 employees.  He has spent many years on the Board of Advisors for the Tickle College of Engineering and has given generous service in multiple capacities to the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Hash Hashemian

 In 1974, Hash Hashemian earned his first degree from Iran University with a B.S. in Physics. His educational and professional career took him to the United States where he earned his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since then, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the nuclear power industry, specifically as Founder and President of Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation, which provides equipment, training and services for testing the instrumentation and control of nuclear power plants worldwide. He also continued his education, earning a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Lamar University in 2009. He also earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2011. His research in academic and professional settings has taken him around the world for a number of international lectures and teaching opportunities and has resulted in nearly 150 publications.

Dr. Ken Piety

Dr. Piety earned his BS in Nuclear Engineering in 1970 and his PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 1976, both from the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Piety has led a career of outstanding research and development of reliability enhancing technologies since his time as a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the early 1980’s, Ken co-founded Computational Systems, Inc. (CSI), which provides multiple services and products based on Ken’s research and expertise to industrial manufacturing facilities globally. At CSI, he provided exceptional leadership as Vice President of Engineering and Technology, serving more than twenty-five years in multiple roles through the transition of CSI as it became a subsidiary of Emerson Electric. He provided further exceptional service to Azima DLI for approximately 10 years as Vice President of Technology. His pioneering work in vibration analysis and other predictive maintenance technologies has resulted in more than thirty patents and crucial innovations in diagnostic and reliability technologies in industrial manufacturing.

Jessie Roberson

Jessie Roberson Jessie Hill Roberson received her BS in Nuclear Engineering in 1981 from the University of Tennessee.  Jessie Roberson has demonstrated impressive service to the U.S. government and the nuclear energy industry. Early in her career she worked at E.I Dupont and Georgia Power and later served as the youngest and first female manager for DOE’s Rocky Flats Field Office.  Next she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to be a member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), she was later nominated by President George W. Bush as assistant secretary of the DOE, still later she was nominated as Vice Chairman of the DNFSB by President Barack Obama, who has more recently nominated her to serve as Commissioner for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  It is particularly noteworthy that Jessie was nominated by three sitting presidents representing each party.  Jessie’s exceptional career has been defined by dedicated corporate leadership and government service to the nuclear engineering field in waste management, reactor operation, environmental restoration, and project management.

Class of 2018


Gordon G. Fee

Gordon Fee

Gordon earned his B.S. degree in Physics from Penn State University in 1956 and M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1962. During his career, he held many management positions with Union Carbide and Lockheed Martin, including nine years as Plant Manager of Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex and three years as Reactor Division Director for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Gordon received many awards over the course of his career, including Penn State Alumni Fellow of the Eberly School of Science, Penn State Distinguished Alumni Fellow of the Eberly School of Science, Penn State Distinguished Alumni (the highest award to graduates), and recognition in 2013 by the Tennessee State Legislature for his post-retirement efforts to improve the state’s education system. He concluded his forty-year career as President of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and continues his legacy of service and leadership as an Associate on The University of Tennessee’s Dean of Arts and Sciences advisory committee.