Meet Our Reactor Staff

PUR-1 maintains a staff of three full time employees and one laboratory professor. Collectively we are responsible for the safe day-to-day operation and maintenance of the reactor. Feel free to reach out to any of us for information about the facility, getting a tour, or any nuclear related topics.

Seungjin Kim

Dr. Seungjin Kim

Facility Director

Seungjin Kim is the Capt. James McCarthy, Jr. and Cheryl E. McCarthy Head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He has over twenty years of experience in thermal-hydraulics experiments and analysis. 

Stylianos Chatzidakis

Dr. Stylianos Chatzidakis

Associate Reactor Director and Director of Nuclear Engineering Radiation Laboratory

Stylianos Chatzidakis is an assistant professor in the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He is leading research in the fields of muon imaging and algorithm development for signal encryption, among other vital topics. Dr. Chatzidakis holds a Reactor Operator License from the NRC.

True Miller

True Miller

Reactor Supervisor and Nuclear Engineering Radiation Laboratory Coordinator

True Miller received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from the Purdue University School of Nuclear Engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD in nuclear engineering at NE. 

Brian Jowers

Brian Jowers

Electronics Technician

Brian Jowers served 6 years in the US Navy and was first educated in nuclear power through the Navy’s Nuclear training pipeline. Post-military, he attended Sam Houston State University and completed a bachelor’s degree in physics, which furthered his understanding of nuclear engineering.