Shannon M. Bragg-Sitton
Shannon Bragg-Sitton is the Manager of the Systems Integration Department in the Nuclear Systems Design and Analysis Division at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
Shannon is the Lead for Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems (N-R HES) under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Crosscutting Technologies Program. N-R HES designs seek to coordinate the use of multiple clean energy generation sources (e.g., nuclear and renewables) to meet both thermal and electrical energy needs. These systems would be designed to optimize energy use for the combined electricity, industrial manufacturing and the transportation sectors.
Shannon is also the Technical Area Lead for Special Purpose Reactor Applications, which was recently established under the Advanced Reactor Technology Program in DOE-NE. This effort is focused on developing a megawatt class (<20 MWt) nuclear reactor to provide energy at remote locations for use by communities, commercial industry or defense entities. Defense interests stem from the need for uninterrupted mobile power that is not vulnerable to cyber threats and provides heat and power to enable a variety of operations at remote sites. Civilian interest is similar in nature (i.e., hybrid heat and power at remote locations and mining sites) but with particular emphasis on costs and fuel utilization.
From 2014 to 2017, Shannon served as the Deputy National Technical Director for the Advanced Fuels Campaign (AFC) in the DOE Fuel Cycle Technologies Program. AFC focuses on the development of enhanced accident tolerant fuels for light water reactors, advanced reactor fuels, and capability development to support fuel fabrication, testing and characterization.
Before joining INL, Shannon was an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Texas A&M University (2007–2010) and was a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2004–2007), during which time she was on assignment at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. In each of these capacities, her primary research area was space nuclear power and propulsion systems. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Medical Physics from the University of Texas at Houston and a Masters and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.