BIOGRAPHY | DR. BEN JORDAN
Dr. Ben Jordan is an experienced technical leader with over 20 years of experience with Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations Management, Research and Design, and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jordan began his career in the tier 1 automotive manufacturing industry in the late 1990’s. Dr. Jordan valued his time in automotive manufacturing and learned many manufacturing engineering skills as well as gaining personnel leadership tools.
Dr. Jordan began his career in the nuclear industry in 2003 with USEC, Inc. upon graduating from the University of Tennessee where he earned a Master of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. During his nuclear career Dr. Jordan has welcomed steadily increasing technical, leadership, and business responsibility. In his first nuclear industry leadership role Dr. Jordan led the manufacturing organization that built and delivered the necessary hardware to allow the first US technology uranium enrichment centrifuge to be operated in over 20 years. Dr. Jordan’s next technical leadership opportunity allowed him to serve as an authorized design authority for the American Centrifuge machines during his tenure as the Design Engineering and Analysis Manager for USEC’s American Centrifuge Program.
Dr. Jordan’s most challenging role has been as the Facility Operations Manager where he was responsible USEC’s K-1600 Demonstration Facility. In this role Dr. Jordan was responsible for the demonstration and testing of prototype centrifuge machines. His team consisted of over 100 employees ranging from engineers to laborers. The facility and personnel that Dr. Jordan led operated 24/7 under a DOE auditable safety analysis for UF6 testing operations. The K-1600 Demonstration Facility performed high consequence testing of centrifuge machines and was itself quite complex including UF6 process gas feed and withdrawal systems, process gas piping and valving, a range of high vacuum systems, tempered water systems and backups, tiered redundant compressed air and electrical generation systems, mass spectrometry equipment, as well as high speed data acquisition and control systems. Dr. Jordan’s leadership and technical background was well-suited for this role. It was in this role where Dr. Jordan first observed the impact of the reliance on mass spectrometry equipment for assay measurement which influenced his future PhD research.
Dr. Jordan had obtained knowledge and exposure to the business considerations and relationships affecting Centrus (formerly USEC) and this segued into his current role as the Business Development Manager for Centrus. The business development role permitted Dr. Jordan to leverage the industry experience he had gained, with his business and entrepreneurial background to look for new opportunities for Centrus to explore. In addition, this role provided the opportunity for Dr. Jordan to obtain a nuclear engineering PhD.
Dr. Jordan is a co-inventor of the technology described in Utility Patent 6,864,786. He was President of the company that commercialized this technology for providing deceleration sensitive flashing brake light bulbs.
University of Tennessee, “Assay measurement of gaseous UF6 using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in the 424.4 nm spectral region,” Annals of Nuclear Energy, vol. 181, 2023.
University of Tennessee, "Uranium Hexafluoride Assay Measurement Using Femtosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy." PhD diss., 2022. https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/7101
University of Tennessee, “Localizing hot spots in Poisson radiation data matrices: nonnegative tensor factorization and phase congruency.” Journal of Big Data 8, 119 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40537-021-00510-1
University of Tennessee, “Comparing Femtosecond Libs Uv-Vis Spectrum of Trace Elements in Synthetic Nuclear Melt Glass and Trinitite for Nuclear Forensics”. INMM & ESARDA Joint Annual Meeting Vienna, Austria, Aug 26, 2021
University of Tennessee, “Laser-plasma spectroscopy of hydroxyl with applications”. Molecules: Practical Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy, Feb 4, 2020
University of Tennessee, “Laser-Plasma Spatiotemporal Cyanide Spectroscopy and Applications”. Molecules as part of the Special Issue Practical Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy, Jan 31, 2020
University of Tennessee, “Hypersonic Laser-Plasma Expansion Measurements with Cyanide Spectroscopy”. International Review of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jun 1, 2019
University of Tennessee FutureTruck Team, “Design and Construction of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Future Truck 2000/2001 Parallel Hybrid Vehicle.” Society of Automotive Engineers, Book # 1701; Technical Paper # 2002-01-1213, 2001.
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