Eric W. Abelquist Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Eric W. Abelquist

Executive Vice President

Dr. Eric W. Abelquist, ORAU Executive Vice President works in collaboration with the President/CEO promoting collaboration between ORAU and its university partners. A recent UT Professional MBA graduate, Abelquist leads entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives that develop business growth for the organization. He works with the President/CEO in formulating organizational strategic objectives, overseeing key strategic initiatives, community initiatives and best business practices.


Abelquist began his now 20 year career at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as a project leader for Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification (IEAV), overseeing a team of health physics technicians and conducting characterization and independent verification surveys at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) sites. He later worked for many years as the associate director for IEAV where, most notably, he contributed to the development and implementation of the Multiagency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM). For several years Abelquist served as the vice president and director for IEAV, where he oversaw ORISE’s radiochemistry laboratory, training courses in radiation sciences, and managed radiological surveys, environmental assessments, and independent verification of cleanup projects involving DOE and NRC’s D&D programs. Abelquist continues to provide technical assistance in various aspects of decommissioning surveys and has published 2nd ed. of Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users in 2014


    PhD Nuclear Engineering University of TN 2008
    MBA Univ of TN 2014
    MS Radiation Sciences Univ of Mass, Lowell 1991

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Health Physics
    Radiological Surveys

Personal Interests

    Travel, running, golf, business, innovation


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 Featured Title - Decommissioning Health Physics, 2nd Ed - 1st Edition book cover


Abelquist presents "A Decommissioning Renaissance" at HPS Midyear 2015

By: Eric W. Abelquist

While the nuclear renaissance struggles to gain traction (particularly in the U.S.), a renaissance of sorts is occurring at the back-end of the nuclear life cycle. Decommissioning is on the cusp of an impressive surge in activity both in the U.S. and internationally. Indeed, as China and India lead the world in constructing nuclear reactors, with nearly 40 under way , Europe and the U.S. are decommissioning more than they’re building. Whether it’s cheap natural gas or slack electricity demand, market forces are driving nuclear power plant decommissioning, such as the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant in WI and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Decommissioning is also planned or under way at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant in FL, Humboldt Bay Power Plant and San Onofre Generating Station in CA, and Zion Nuclear Facility in IL. Significant decommissioning activities continue on the Magnox reactors in the U.K., and Germany plans to dismantle a dozen of its nuclear reactors over the next two decades. And as Japan focuses on the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, many of Japan’s nuclear fleet will likely be prematurely decommissioned.