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Outstanding Nuclear Engineers 2017

Terry L. Grimm

BSNE 1987
Founder, President, and Senior Scientist,
Niowave, Inc.

Dr. Terry L. Grimm received his Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 1987. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Plasma Physics. While working on his doctorate, he was a research assistant in the Coherent Electromagnetic Wave Generation Division of the Plasma Fusion Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying high-power, high-frequency microwave devices (gyrotrons) for electron cyclotron resonance heating of fusion plasmas.

Dr. Grimm was a senior physicist and adjunct professor at the Michigan State University (MSU) National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). In early 2000, he established the Superconducting Radio Frequency group at NSCL and supervised construction of infrastructure to develop, fabricate, and test numerous superconducting cavities. Dr. Grimm’s research on superconducting particle accelerators for the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) involved the supervision and guidance of 10 staff members and six PhD students. His work on RIA laid the foundation for the $500 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project that was recently sited at MSU. Prior to his research with MSU, Dr. Grimm was a physicist at the Department of Energy’s Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory in Dallas, where he led a team that designed and tested the low-energy booster cavity and studied longitudinal beam dynamics.

In 2005, Dr. Grimm founded Niowave to commercialize superconducting electron linear accelerators in fields as diverse as health care and national security. It has grown to be a world industrial leader in superconducting accelerator research. In 2008, the firm qualified as the second U.S. vendor for accelerating cavities for the International Linear Collider. In 2009, Niowave became the first private company in the world to design, fabricate, and test a superconducting electron injector. Niowave has grown to 50 employees, and has received numerous awards, including being named among Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2008. In 2010, he received the IEEE Entrepreneurship Award in Applied Superconductivity.


Robert N. Hill

BSNE 1984
MSNE 1986
PhD 1987
Technical Director, Nuclear Energy R&D,
Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Hill graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984, a master’s degree in 1986, and a PhD in 1987, all in Nuclear Engineering.

Dr. Robert N. Hill is Technical Director of the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He has been Head of the Nuclear Systems Analysis Department with supervision of research groups working on reactor physics analysis, advanced modeling and simulation, fuel cycle and systems dynamics modeling, criticality safety, and nuclear data. He has worked at Argonne National Laboratory for the last 22 years with research focus on reactor physics, fast reactor core design, plutonium disposition, and waste management.

Dr. Hill is National Technical Director for multi-laboratory fast reactor R&D activities in current U.S. Department of Energy Programs; this work includes modeling and simulation, advanced structural materials, energy conversion technology, nuclear data, and system integration. He also serves as U.S. technical representative for the Generation-IV Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor. Previous Program contributions include extensive transmutation and fuel cycle analysis activities in the DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative.




CAPT (USN Ret.) James F. McCarthy, Jr.

BSNE 1979
Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Integration of Capabilities and Resources,
Office of the Chief of Naval Operation

CAPT. McCarthy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1979. He is also a distinguished graduate of the Air War College and has an MBA from Marymount College.

CAPT James F. McCarthy, Jr. is currently the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he supervises Navy warfare requirements, allocates resources, plans programs, and ensures integration of planning, programming, budgeting, and assessments within OPNAV and the management echelons subordinate to CNO. He entered the Senior Executive Service after 28 years as a Navy nuclear trained surface warfare officer (SWO). He retired from active duty as a Captain. As an SES, CAPT McCarthy has served as the Deputy Director for Warfare Integration on the CNO’s staff, the U.S. Principal to the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum, and as the Chairman, NATO Naval Armaments Group.

His Naval service included command of Pre-Commissioning Unit DDG75 and then USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75). His major surface command was USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) where he also served as the Air Warfare Commander for the STENNIS Battle Group.

His awards and honors include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Navy Superior Civilian Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, appointment into the Purdue University Old Master’s Program, and member of the Purdue University Tri-Service ROTC Hall of Fame. He also received the highest decoration in France, the National Order of the Legion of Honour at the rank of Chevalier (Knight) for the flawless performance of one's trade and exceeding ordinary expectations.