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Panel3: Do you have to be a STEM background to become a successful in the Nuclear Industry?
Dr. Philip Beeley
Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department
Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research

As Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Khalifa University, Prof. Beeley established the curriculum for the University’s Nuclear Engineering MSc, is the Director of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) and is also a member of the Federal Radiation Protection Committee, UAE. He has been based at the Abu Dhabi campus since October 2009.

Prior to joining Khalifa University, Prof. Beeley was the Director and Professor of the Nuclear Department, Defence College of Management and Technology, Defence Academy Shrivenham (1999-2009). He has also held visiting Professor appointments at the Universities of Manchester and Southampton.

Professor Beeley graduated in 1977, with honours BSc degree in Chemistry from Salford University, UK. In 1981 he completed his PhD in nuclear chemistry and physics at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, postdoctoral studies at Queen’s University, Canada and in 1995 he completed an Executive MBA from Imperial College, University of London, UK.

Prof. Beeley has been a member of a number of distinguished engineering associations including:

  • President of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers (2003-2006);
  • Member of the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES);
  • Representative on the European Nuclear Society (ENS) Board;
  • Vice President of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN);
  • Chairman of the UK Nuclear Technology Education Consortium;
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the European Union’s Strategic Nuclear Energy Technology Platform;
  • UK representative on the American Nuclear Society International Committee and ANS CONTE Technical Committee member;
  • Member of the Faculty Board of Cranfield University at Shrivenham;
  • Chair of the UK Government’s Justification Technical Advisory Group for new nuclear build for Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC);
  • External Member of the Safety Committee for the Belgium BR2 30MW Research Reactor.
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Energy Journal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
  • Member of the International Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, Harbin University, China