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Alan Hanson

Alan Hanson

Executive Director
International Nuclear Leadership Education Program


International Nuclear Leadership Education Program (INLEP)


Dr. Alan Hanson is the Executive Director of the International Nuclear Leadership Education Program (INLEP), a position he assumed in January 2012 at MIT. INLEP is an intensive executive education course designed for nuclear leaders coming from countries new to nuclear power.

During 2011, Dr. Hanson completed a year-long assignment as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University on loan from AREVA. At CISAC he conducted research on the worldwide nuclear supply chain and international fuel assurance mechanisms.

Dr. Hanson began his career in 1975 with the Nuclear Services Division of Yankee Atomic Electric Company. In 1979, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At the IAEA, he served first as Coordinator of the International Spent Fuel Management Program and later as Policy Analyst with responsibilities in the areas of safeguards and non-proliferation policies.

Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Hanson served as President and CEO of Transnuclear, Inc. which he joined in 1985. Transnuclear, now an AREVA company, designs, licenses and supplies dry storage and transport casks. In 2005 he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Technologies and Used Fuel Management of AREVA NC Inc. In this position he was responsible for all of AREVA’s activities in the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle in the U.S.


  • M.A., Liberal Studies, Georgetown, 2009
  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1969


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