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Audeen W. Fentiman

Audeen W. Fentiman

Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Programs, and Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Audeen W. Fentiman is the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. Before moving to Purdue in the spring of 2006, she was Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program and Director of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory at Ohio State University where she had previously served as Director of the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Program. In parallel with her administrative duties at Ohio State, Dr. Fentiman led a team of faculty and staff in revamping the freshman engineering curriculum and later developing a year–long Introduction to Engineering course for high school seniors. Prior to accepting a faculty position, Dr. Fentiman worked at Battelle where she was a Senior Engineer in the Systems Engineering Department within the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation and focused on performance assessment of a high–level waste repository in salt. She also served as deputy manager of a project to characterize experimentally the results of terrorist attacks on spent fuel shipping casks with explosives. Dr. Fentiman holds a BS in math with a minor in physics, an MA in mathematics, and an MS and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, with the latter two degrees being from Ohio State. She is co–author, with James Saling, of a textbook entitled Radioactive Waste Management. Her research interests are radioactive waste management, environmental risk assessment, and engineering education.