Volume 43 | Number 1 | Fall 2012
Fall 2012 Issue
George R. Imel, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, was honored as an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in the Penn State College of Engineering this spring, the highest honor the college awards.
"It's certainly an honor to be recognized by one's alma mater. There is no question that my education at Penn State gave me the tools to succeed in my career, which has now spanned many years and several continents," Imel said. "I am proud to be a Nittany Lion, and very honored that the institution has recognized me."
After receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and political science from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., Imel pursued his master's degree in nuclear engineering (1973) and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and physics, (1977) both from Penn State.
Imel was a faculty member at Penn State from 1981 to 1983, during which time he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reactor kinetics, reactor physics and neutron transport, and he also helped analyze the accident at Three Mile Island.
Since then Imel has had a distinguished and varied career including stints at research laboratories—including Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab—and working overseas, including for the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique in Cadarache.
He was also an original member and leader of the experimental program for multinational project Triga Accelerator Driven Experiment of ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) in Italy, where his assignments reflected the evolution of the nuclear industry at the time.
In 2007, Imel returned to academia as professor and chair of Nuclear Engineering at Idaho State University, and last year he was named dean of the College of Science and Engineering.