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Robert E. Henry - B.S., ME ’62; M.S., ME ’64; Ph.D., ME ’67


PUBLISHED: March 16, 2015

NAE: Class of 2015 Includes Notre Dame Alum

Robert HenryRobert E. Henry, emeritus senior vice president and regent consultant of Fauske & Associates LLC (FAI), Burr Ridge, Ill., has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering.  He was previously senior vice president and co-founder of FAI that was started in 1980.

Academy membership, one of the highest professional distinctions for an engineer, is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, and/or education, as well as for the development of new fields of technology and approaches to engineering education. An expert in severe accidents, two-phase flows, and boiling heat transfer — as well as waterhammer and vortex prevention phenomena, Henry was selected part of the 2015 NAE class for his “understanding and analysis of severe power reactor accidents and their impact on design and accident management.”

From evaluating Three Mile Island to Chernobyl to waterhammer events in nuclear power plants, Henry has spent a lifetime serving the domestic and foreign nuclear industries. He was responsible for the development of the Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP), the code that describes the response of pressurized and boiling light water reactors during severe accidents. He co-authored the Henry-Fauske two-phase critical flow model that analyzes the blowdown behaviors for nuclear plants in loss-of-coolant accidents. He has served on review panels for the N-Reactor and the Savannah reactors, as well as Nuclear Regulatory Committee panels to evaluate ongoing research. And he was chosen to author the Electric Power Research Institute Technical Basis Report on the development of severe accident management guidelines for all four U.S. reactor types.

A member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), he has published more than 150 articles on nuclear safety and engineering. He has also received the Tommy Thompson Award, the highest honor the ANS gives in the field of reactor safety, as well as an award for outstanding engineering accomplishment from Notre Dame’s College of Engineering.

A hearty congratulations and “Go Irish” to Robert E. Henry for this achievement.