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Hines Receives 2020 Robert L. Long Award

Wes Hines.Department Head Wes Hines is the 2020 recipient of the Robert L. Long Training Excellence Award given by the American Nuclear Society’s Education and Training and Workforce Development Division’s (ETWDD) Honors and Awards Committee.

“Wes Hines is a rising champion in the nuclear community and is by far the most efficient and productive engineer and manager that I have ever seen,” said Hash Hashemian, president and CEO of Knoxville-based Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation, member of the ETWDD Honors and Awards Committee, and alumnus of the department (’80).

Hashemian said that Hines’s personality also contributes to the nuclear engineering community as well.

“He is also super fun to work with and a funny guy,” he said. “Everyone who knows Wes loves him for his intellect, efficiency, effectiveness, and sense of humor. Wes has it all. We in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee are lucky to have Wes in our community. He is a treasure to not only the nuclear industry but also our community.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the ANS for this award,” said Hines, who also serves as both Postelle Professor and Chancellor’s Professor in the department. “Education and training of the next generation of nuclear engineers is our passion at UT, and I’m proud of the program we’ve built together with the help of our industry partners.”

The award was established in 1993 and renamed in 2010 to honor Robert L. Long, PhD, who served as ANS President from 1991–1992 and is intended to recognize an individual or group who has demonstrated sustained excellence in nuclear training.