facebook pixel Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home

Energy Systems Nuclear Operations Technology

Mackenzie Gorham, Nuclear Operations Instructor

Mackenzie Gorham

Clinical Instructor

Professional Work Experience

  • B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Missouri S&T 2009, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Idaho State University  2012, M.S. in Environmental Science from University of Idaho
  • Senior Reactor Operator
  • Worked for the Department of Energy at IdahoNational Lab as a Criticality Safety SME, Safety System Oversight Officer, and RAP federal team leader, for 10 years

Career Highlights

  • Instant SRO
  • Developed student operator training program for Missouri S&T research reactor
  • Published two benchmarks for the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project
  • Performed oversight of the TREAT restart at INL, and helped recreate a compliant system engineering program after decades of shutdown

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

It is hard to choose one favorite experience, but there is nothing quite like operating a nuclear reactor. Even though I worked at a small research reactor, it was exciting and a truly unique and enjoyable part of my career.

Personal Facts

I moved to Idaho from Missouri, and love it. In my free time, I have a hobby farm, like photography, rock climbing, riding horses, hiking, jiu jitisu, scuba diving, cooking, stand up paddleboarding, and travel. On Friday's, I run a food pantry in Chubbuck.

Keith Keller

Clinical Instructor - Nuclear Operations Technology

Office: Eames Complex 151

(208) 282-3177


Jordan Williams

Clinical Instructor - Nuclear Operations Technology

Office: Eames Complex 151

(208) 282-3788


Instructor, Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sharie Ellis

Clinical Instructor



Michael Kobus Instructor, Energy Systems & Technology Education Center

Michael Kobus

Clinical Instructor