John A. Bernard

John A. Bernard
John A.
Bernard
Compliance Officer
617-253-4202
NW12-208A

Education and Training

Yale University, BS in Engineering and Applied Science 1970.

United States Naval Officer, 1970-1974.

United States Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Schenectady (West Milton), New York, August 1971.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Degrees of Nuclear Engineer and Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering for thesis entitled, “MITR-II Fuel Management, Core Depletion and Analysis: Codes Developed for the Diffusion Theory Program CITATION,” June 1979.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering for thesis entitled, “Development and Experimental Demonstration of Digital Closed-Loop Control Strategies for Nuclear Reactors,” June 1984. (Minor in Urban Studies).

Research and Professional Experience

Professor for MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering’s Course. 22.05, Reactor Physics. (2006 – 2007, 2010) and 22.09, Radiation Detection (2009-2014)

Organizer and lecturer for MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering's Course 22.921, "Reactor Dynamics and Control," (1996 - present)

Organizer and lecturer for special problems in areas of engineering fundamentals, health physics, and radiation detection for students in the MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering's Radiation Science and Technology option, (1994 - present)

Lecturer for MIT Dept. of Nuclear Engineering's course "Reactor Technology Executive Program" conducted for the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations, (1993 - 2014)

Principal Research Engineer, MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering, (1990 - present)

Principal Research Engineer, MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, (1986 - present)

Director of Reactor Operations, MIT Research Reactor, (6/88 - 5/11)

Director, MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, (10/96 - 10/03)

Professor for MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering's Course 22.581, "Introduction to Health Physics," (1998 - 2003)

Superintendent, MIT Research Reactor, (8/79 - 6/88)

Senior Shift Supervisor on the MIT Research Reactor, (6/76 - 8/79)

Reactor Operator on the MIT Research Reactor, (3/75 - 6/76)

Synergistic Activities

American Nuclear Society (Fellow) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior Member)

Organizer for more than twenty ANS technical sessions.

Chair of Test Research and Training Reactors Organization (2007, 1998, 1991)

Patents

Apparatus and Method for Closed-Loop Control of Reactor Power: Standard Dynamic Period Equation (No. 4,637,911)

Apparatus and Method for Closed-Loop Control of Reactor Power: Alternate Dynamic Period Equation (No. 4,710,341)

Apparatus and Method for Closed-Loop Control of Reactor Power in Minimum Time (No. 4,781,881)

Indirect labeling Method for Post-Separation of Chemical Compounds (No. 5,071,775)

Apparatus and Method for Closed-Loop Control of Reactor Power (No. 4,710,341 – Canada)

Selected Publications

Bernard, J.A., "Use of a Rule-Based System for Process Control," IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5, Oct. 1988, pp 3-13.

Bernard, J.A. and T. Washio, Expert Systems Applications Within the Nuclear Industry, American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, Oct. 1989.

Bernard, J.A., "Power Cutbacks as an Alternative to Scrams: An Application of the MIT-SNL Period-Generated Minimum Time Control Laws," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Vol. NS-38, No. 2, Apr. 1991, pp 516-524.

Bernard, J.A. and D.D. Lanning, "Considerations in the Design and Implementation of Control Laws for the Digital Operation of Research Reactors," Nuclear Science and Engineering, Vol. 110, No. 4, Apr. 1992, pp 425-444.

Bernard, J.A., "Non-Linear Control of Neutronic Power in Reactors Described by Space-Independent Kinetics," International Journal Control – Theory and Advanced Technology (C-TAT), Vol. 8, No. 3, Sept. 1992, pp 495-511

Bernard, J.A., "Issues Regarding the Design and Acceptance of Intelligent Support Systems for Reactor Operators." Keynote Address to the 2nd International Forum on Expert Systems and Computer Simulation in Energy Engineering, Erlangen, Germany, 19 March 1992.

Kim, K.K. and J.A. Bernard, "Considerations in the Control of Multimodular Reactor Plants," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Vol. T-NS-41, No. 6, Part II, Dec. 1994, pp 2686-2697.

Bernard, J.A. and L.-W. Hu “Innovations in Nuclear Infrastructure and Education Programs at MIT and RINSC,” Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 88, June 1-5, 2003, pp 651.

Bernard, J.A, L-W. Hu, M. Kazimi, R. Ballinger, G. Kohse, and T. Newton, “MITR’s INIE Accomplishments in the Materials and Fuel Testing Program,” Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 91, pp 986-987, November 24, 2004

Bernard, J.A., L.-W. Hu, T. Tehan, and M. Tries, “Impact of INIE on the MIT, RINSC, and UMass-Lowell Reactors,” Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 92, p. 167-169, June 2005.