Indian-American appointed to U.S. n-trade committee
Monday, 17 January 2011, 09:49 Hrs
Washington: An Indian-American nuclear industry expert, Vijay Sazawal , has been appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to advise the U.S. commerce department on trade issues facing the industry.
Srinagar-born Sazawal, 64, who has over 35 years of professional experience in the nuclear industry covering the entire fuel cycle, will serve on the committee for two years.
In a letter appointing Sazawal to CINTAC, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said the Committee "will advise me on trade issues facing the U.S. civil nuclear industry for use by me and other Department of Commerce officials in our roles as members of the Civil Nuclear Trade Working Group of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee".
"CINTAC will provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programmes and policies to expand U.S. civil nuclear exports and strengthen the competitiveness of the industry," Locke noted.
Sazawal is currently director of the government programmes at USEC Inc , a leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants worldwide.
At USEC, which he joined in 2002, Sazawal provides corporate programme oversight and coordination of various projects funded or supported by the U.S. government.
He is a member of the management team involved in the American Centrifuge Project, the leading initiative by USEC to build state-of-the-art centrifuge nuclear enrichment plants based on American technology.
Prior to joining USEC, Sazawal worked at COGEMA Inc , now Areva NC, for seven years as vice president of engineering and technology.
Sazawal came to the U.S. in 1970, joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project in 1975 after completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics from the Michigan Technological University.
Sazawal graduated from the Tyndale Biscoe Memorial High School and the Amar Singh College and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Banaras Hindu University and a master's in technology in materials engineering from the College of Technology in Bhopal.
He is a member of the Sigma Xi, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society.
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