Roger Shaw ('75 B.S. Nuclear Engineering) was honored as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers while Erienne Kriesch ('10 B.S. Radiation Health Physics) was awarded membership in the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers at the annual College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards.
Shaw Partners, LLC
Roger Shaw’s career path became clear to him during his first job assignment as a radiological engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
“That’s when I got into high gear and wanted to do much, much more,” he said. And he has.
During his 40-year career, Shaw’s impact in the field of nuclear engineering and safety has been broad and deep. He has made significant contributions in nuclear plant operations, radiation protection, radiological engineering, radiological effluents, emergency management, occupational safety, and radiation litigation.
Some career highlights include serving as the first director of radiological controls and occupational safety at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, and advising Japanese engineers and government officials on radiation safety in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster. He was project manager on the first U. S. nuclear utility radiation worker cancer mortality study, which assessed the occupational exposure of 54,000 workers at 52 nuclear power plants across the country. As a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection Scientific Committee, he prepared reports for NASA addressing radiation dose limits for astronauts. He served as president of the Power Reactor Section of the Health Physics Society.
Shaw founded Shaw Partners in 1999. Today, he counsels attorneys and clients on issues related to the nuclear industry. He is a faculty member at Thomas Edison State University, where he developed college courses in nuclear energy technology, radiation protection, and emergency preparedness.
Shaw credits continuing education with a key to his success. “Your entire career is a series of choices,” he observed.
Submarine Warfare Instructor, Assistant Professor of Naval Science
The Ohio State University
Erienne Kriesch was an enlisted nuclear mechanic with the U.S. Navy during her undergraduate years at Oregon State. After graduating, she not only made it through an extremely competitive process to become a commissioned submarine warfare officer, she also made history by earning a place among the first small group of women assigned to serve onboard a submarine.
“Prior to my year group, the position was closed to women,” said Kriesch. “There were 19 women selected nationwide to go on submarines, and some didn’t make it through the training pipeline.”
It wasn’t easy being one of two nuclear-trained women on board with a crew of about 130 men, and adjustments were necessary. “There were a few growing pains at the beginning, but everyone was very professional and they all had a job to get done,” said Kriesch. “It was a difficult three years, but very rewarding.”
Kriesch said that her Oregon State training in radiation health physics uniquely prepared her for her position as an officer in charge of monitoring a submarine crew’s radiation exposure and occupational risks during deployment. “I was very prepared to make that transition,” she said.