and plasma physics, direct energy conversion, perturbation theory, nuclear power engineering including the space one, fast neutron reactors, and nuclear pumped lasers. Dr. Zrodnikov was the president of the Russian Nuclear Society in 2001-2003, a member of the Government Committee of the Russian Federation on Science and Innovation Policy (2003-2005), chairman of the Obninsk City Scientific and Technical Council (since 1996), and president of the Kaluga Regional Scientific Center. Also he is a member of editorial boards of scientific journals, including Laser and Particle Beams, Atomic Energy, and Nuclear Power Engineering, and he is author and co-author of more than 300 scientific publications. He holds the title of Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and was awarded an Order of Honor of the Russian Federation, and Honorary Citizen of Kaluga region.
Robert A. Bari is a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has been involved in the design and safety assessments of complex, high-technology facilities since he joined the applied programs at the Laboratory in 1974. He has worked on projects and issues regarding nuclear safety and nonproliferation technologies, nuclear waste management, development of advanced nuclear reactors, and other related technologies. During the 1980s, at the request of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), Dr. Bari created and led a team of experts in the area of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). This team expanded PRA methodologies in areas of importance to safety of nuclear power plants. In addition to his work for the USNRC, Dr. Bari led a four-laboratory team in a year-long evaluation of the impact of fuel enrichment on the performance of the Advanced Neutron Source, formerly planned for operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current research involves energy resources, national security, and reliability of the national electrical grid. Dr. Bari has lectured internationally on risk assessment and nuclear safety and has authored more than 100 papers and key reports in these areas. Dr. Bari earned an A.B. in physics in 1965 from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1970.
Yuri Shiyan is the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Office for North American Scientific Cooperation. He has worked in this capacity for more than 25 years, facilitating collaborative efforts and exchanges between international partners and Soviet/Russian scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. In 2004-2005, he served as IAEA expert for the Nuclear Fuel Subcommittee, and since 1981 he has served as the coordinator of