Paul Wilson

Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering

College of Engineering l Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Paul Wilson is the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering and current department chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison‘s Department of Engineering Physics. His research interests focus on developing improved tools for computational modeling of complex nuclear energy systems, with applications in radiation shielding, nuclear waste management, nuclear non-proliferation and energy policy. Paul joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in August 2001 as part of the Energy Systems and Policy Hiring Initiative.
In addition to the research pursued by his Computational Nuclear Engineering Research Group (CNERG), Paul has served in a number of advisory and consultant roles. From 2001-2003, he was a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Generation IV Technology Roadmap Committee. In 2010, he was engaged as a consultant to the CEA Saclay, ERC Petten, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Energy Future.


  • This talk focuses more on the economic and policy environment for nuclear energy today, what it means for the future of nuclear energy, and how various innovations will change that.

    Approximate Length of Talk: Variable, 20 minutes to 1 hour

  • This talk begins with a description of how a nuclear reactor works and tansitions into a discussion of sustainability in the context of nuclear energy.

    Approximate Length of Talk: Variable, 20 minutes to 1 hour