Outstanding Nuclear Engineers 2018


Paul L. Wattelet

PH.D. NE 1967
CEO, Emeritus, Sargent & Lundy, LLC

Dr. Wattelet is a CEO, Emeritus of Sargent & Lundy, a leading international power engineering consulting firm based in Chicago. After holding several executive management positions at Sargent & Lundy, Dr. Wattelet was appointed as CEO in 1996, where he served until retiring in 2005.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from The Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958 and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 1967. Dr. Wattelet began his professional career as a Senior Engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation before joining Sargent & Lundy in 1972 as a supervisor. His impressive 30-year career at Sargent & Lundy demonstrates his technical expertise and visionary leadership. He has successfully led Sargent & Lundy into new business opportunities in nuclear, fossil fuel, and alternative energy plant projects. His inspiring perspective on business sustainability is captured in his book, Managing to Get it Done.

In 2002, Dr. Wattelet was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by Purdue College of Engineering for his outstanding technical and managerial accomplishments in nuclear power engineering. In 2009, Dr. Wattelet made a generous endowment gift to the School of Engineering and established Paul L. Wattelet Chair in Nuclear Engineering, the first named professorship in the School of Nuclear Engineering history endowed by an alumnus.

For his outstanding accomplishments, visionary leadership, and remarkable contributions to nuclear power engineering, The School of Nuclear Engineering is proud to present 2018 Outstanding Nuclear Engineers Award to Dr. Paul L. Wattelet.