Bio: Ahmad Al Rashdan, Ph.D., is currently a senior research and development scientist in the nuclear science and technology directorate at INL. Dr. Al Rashdan holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, a M.Sc. in Information Technology and Automation Systems from Esslingen University of Applied Science from Germany, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. He has around 15 years of industrial and research experience in automation, instrumentation, and control, including experience at INL, the ABB Group, Texas A&M University, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Daimler Chrysler-Mercedes Group, and Fraunhofer Institute for Production and Automation. His experience includes automated work processes using artificial intelligence methods and advanced analytics, online condition monitoring of nuclear systems, control systems design and development, anomalies detection, and automated modeling and simulation. Dr. Al Rashdan is an active contributor to and organizer of several DOE events and scientific conferences. He authored or co-authored more than 40 technical reports and journal papers and five patent applications and is an active reviewer for several nuclear energy and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journals, as well as many DOE grants. He is currently a guest editor for the Big Data Analytics for the Nuclear Power Plants Special Issue of the Progress in Nuclear Energy Journal. He is the recipient and co-recipient of more than 15 recognition and funding awards. Dr. Al Rashdan is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the American Nuclear Society.
Bio: Dr. Ronald L. Boring is a Distinguished Human Factors Scientist at Idaho National Laboratory, where he has led research projects for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Department of Defense, and the Norwegian Research Council. He first came to INL in 2003, then in 2008 went to Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as a senior member of the technical staff, Risk and Reliability Analysis department. He returned to INL in March 2010 and became manager of the Human Factors & Reliability Department in October 2019. He holds a doctorate in cognitive science from Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, a master’s in experimental psychology from New Mexico State University and a bachelor’s in experimental psychology and German from University of Montana. He was a Fulbright Graduate Scholar in 1993-94 at Heidelberg University, where he did research on the cultural assimilation of eastern Germans following German reunification. He has broad experience as a lecturer and speaker, most recently in February 2020 as Invited President’s Forum Speaker at Embry-Riddle University.