Meet the NEXT Team

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Energy fuels the future. The exciting research taking place in ACU’s NEXT Lab will transform the future.

Meet the team of researchers who are working to build a next-generation molten salt research reactor on the ACU campus, solving the world’s need for clean, safe and affordable energy.

Energy fuels the future. The exciting research taking place in ACU’s NEXT Lab will transform the future.

Meet the team of researchers who are working to build a next-generation molten salt research reactor on the ACU campus, solving the world’s need for clean, safe and affordable energy.
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About Us

NEXT Lab Mission

The mission of ACU’s NEXT Lab is to provide global solutions to the world’s need for energy, water and medical isotopes by advancing the technology of molten salt reactors while educating future leaders in nuclear science and engineering.

This mission provides a clear long-term goal: the design, licensing and construction of a molten salt research reactor, to be housed and owned by ACU.

Having an on-site research facility will provide unprecedented access for students and faculty to collaborate on cutting-edge research that will change lives now and for years to come.

 

Members

Dr. Rusty Towell

Director of NEXT Lab, Professor, Department of Engineering and Physics 


Michael Arrasmith

NEXT Research Scientist


Al Adams

Senior Regulatory Consultant


Tom Bailey

Senior Mechanical Engineer


Jared Barker

Instrumentation and Electrical Engineer


Alli Mae Berry

NEXT Research Scientist


Dr. Robert Brown

Assistant Professor of Engineering


Sergio Carranza

Project Management Engineer


Dale Cox

Instrumentation and Electrical Engineer


Jess Dowdy

Research Scientist


Rosario Gibbs

Scheduling Group Manager


Derby Hewitt

Scheduling Group Manager


Wei Ji

Accountant


Dr. Tim Head

Professor, Department of Engineering and Physics


Dr. Tony Hill

Senior Physics Researcher.


Dr. Timothy Kennedy, P.E.

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Physics


Sam Lopez

Civil Engineering Major ’21


Danny Marsh

Research Engineer


Diego Fernando Zometa Paniagua

NEXT Research Scientist


Dr. Kim Pamplin

Senior Chemist, NEXT Lab, and Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Dr. Aaron Robison

Professor of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 


Jordan Robison, P.E.

Sr. Mechanical Engineer


Vicente Rojas

NEXT Research Engineer


Jonathan Scherr

Lead Engineer Reactor Subsystem


Mike Taylor

Procurement Specialist


Bicky Tolar

Executive Assistant


Dr. Lester Towell

NEXT Research Engineer


Shon Watson

NEXT Research Engineer


Jessica Yerger

NEXT Research Engineer