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David Poston

Dr. David Poston is the leader of the Space Fission Power Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Dr. Poston has over 16 continuous years of experience in the field of space nuclear power and is currently the nuclear design lead for all LANL space reactor projects. Dr. Poston's space reactor experience has been primarily focused on near-term concepts for space and surface power application. His primary technical expertise lies in the neutronic and thermal-hydraulic design and analysis of advanced nuclear systems—in particular, compact, fast-spectrum fission reactors. Before his experience at LANL, Dr. Poston worked at GE Nuclear Energy for 4 years on reactor design for the SP-100 space nuclear reactor and a small, modular, liquid-metal fast-breeder reactor. Dr. Poston received a BS in Mechanical Engineering the University of Michigan, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.


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