NEUP Staff

DOE-NE Director of Nuclear Innovative Research

Michael Worley (301) 903-9496
Michael Worley is the director for Nuclear Innovative Research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. His responsibilities include planning and executing DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), National Scientific User Facility program (NSUF), Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting technology development (NEET), Nuclear Energy Modeling & Simulation (NEAMS), Research Reactor Infrastructure (RRI), and SBIR/STTR programs. Prior to this assignment, Worley was the director for laboratory facilities management, with responsibility for the Idaho facilities management and safeguards and security programs at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Worley joined the Office of Nuclear Energy in 2003.

DOE NEUP Team Lead

Brad Williams (301) 903-3442
Brad Williams is the NEUP Team Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. His responsibilities include planning and executing DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), Integrated University Program (IUP), and SBIR/STTR programs. Prior to his assignment, Williams was worked in the Fuel Cycle program at the Office of Nuclear Energy.

DOE-ID Program Manager

Kenny Osborne (208) 526-0805
Kenny Osborne is a Department of Energy, Idaho field office program manager. He manages the existing NERI grants and cooperative agreements as well as NEUP’s infrastructure and student educational support.

NEUP Integration Office Director

John Gilligan, Ph.D. (919) 515-3939
Dr. John Gilligan is the primary liaison for NEUP with universities, national laboratories, and industry and works with the NEUP Executive Committee and other organizations. He is responsible for general policies and procedures for the NEUP program. Dr. Gilligan is also a faculty member at North Carolina State University and is the author of over 110 peer reviewed publications. He has been the editor of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Education Sourcebook since 1986 and has served as University Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at NC State.

NEUP Integration Office Program Manager 

Gregory A. Bala (208) 526-8178
Greg Bala handles the day-to-day operations of the Integration Office and works closely with the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy to administer NEUP. Prior to joining NEUP, Greg was responsible for the management and integration of research and operation activities for multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research teams in physical, chemical and biological sciences at the Idaho National Laboratory. He has a Masters degree in microbiology from Miami University, Ohio.

NEUP Integration Office Deputy Program Manager

Val Seeley (208) 526-0830
Val Seeley is the NEUP Integration Office Deputy Program Manager and acts as NEUP's project manager. She assists with day-to-day operations of the Integration Office. Val also manages the financial operations of the office which include the administration of contracts and scheduling.

NEUP Integration Office Outreach Coordinator and Infrastructure Lead

Drew Thomas (208) 526-1602
Drew Thomas is the NEUP outreach coordinator. He is responsible for communications for the program, including writing press releases, maintaining the NEUP Website, social media, corresponding with researchers, and coordinating outreach activities. He also leads NEUP's Infrastructure grant processes including university reactor upgrades and general scientific infrastructure support.

NEUP Student Educational Support Lead

Jenna Payne (208) 526-1104
Jenna Payne is the Student Educational Support lead. She leads NEUP's Scholarship and Fellowship grant processes including student interactions, project tracking, and acceptance package preparations. Her responsibilities also include invoice approval, foreign travel facilitation, and ensuring contract requirements are completed with final report close-out tasks.

NEUP Reviewer Coordinator

Ryan Jensen (208) 526-1507
Ryan Jensen is the NEUP reviewer coordinator and manages review assignments from NE’s reviewer database. Ryan is the primary point of contact for reviewers and coordinates review and panel assignments for all NEUP solicitations. Ryan also assists with contract administration and other financial operations of the office.

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Mailing Address

NEUP Integration Office
Center for Advanced Energy Studies
P.O. Box 1625 MS 3560
Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3560

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