Per F. Peterson is the Chief Nuclear Officer for Kairos Power, where he guides nuclear technology review and advises on scientific and technical topics for KP–FHR technology development and licensing. Peterson also continues to hold the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Peterson's work has focused on high-temperature fission energy systems, as well as topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. Peterson's research in the nineties contributed to the passive safety systems in the GE ESBWR and Westinghouse AP–1000 reactor designs. Peterson also participated in the development of the Generation IV Roadmap in 2002, and his 2003 Nuclear Technology article with Charles Forsberg and Paul Pickard identified salt-cooled, solid fuel reactors as a promising technology, today called fluoride salt-cooled, high temperature reactors (FHRs).
Peterson earned a master of science and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
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