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Distinguished Alumni Profile - Ian Hill

B.Eng. '04, M.A.Sc. '06

Ian Hill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics (B.Eng 04’) and was the first M.A.Sc McMaster graduate from the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) program (’06).

He began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) as a reactor analyst working on the detailed physics design team of the ACR-1000 nuclear reactor.

In 2011, to broaden his international participation, he assumed his current role as a nuclear scientist for the Organisation for Economic and Cooperative Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA) in Paris, France. Here, Ian supports international collaborations, bringing together experts from member countries in order to preserve and exchange experimental data. These data, generated from past experimental programs, are the outcomes of multi-billion dollar investments underpinning the validation of modern nuclear codes and data. In addition to being a member of the technical expert group that reviews and approves the data, Ian has developed an analysis tool distributed to member countries that helps to identify cases where similar experiments have been performed, thereby avoiding costly duplication of effort between nations.

In June of 2014, Ian will receive the McMaster Arch Award which celebrates the early success and achievements of recent McMaster alumni.