New AVP will build on McMaster’s excellence in nuclear research

Dave Tucker, McMaster's first Assistant Vice-President Research, Nuclear
Dave Tucker, McMaster’s first Assistant Vice-President Research, Nuclear. Photo: McMaster University

McMaster University alumnus and former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Safety Head, Dave Tucker, returns to Canada in new nuclear-focused leadership role.

MARCH 30, 2021 – UNENE member, McMaster University, is building on its established strengths in nuclear research, training and innovation with the appointment of Dave Tucker as the university’s first Assistant Vice-President Research, Nuclear.

Tucker, who most recently served as head of the Radiation Safety Technical Services at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, is well aware of McMaster’s nuclear assets – both talent and infrastructure – and says that’s what drew him back to Canada, his former employer and his alma mater.

“I’ve lived the McMaster experience and have seen, first-hand, the incredible contributions the University is making to the nuclear sector and to our society,” says Tucker, who was McMaster’s Senior Health Physicist before leading the IAEA’s radiation safety and dosimetry services for its global operations.

Tucker says his time abroad allowed him to gain significant insights from an international perspective and recognize the untapped opportunities for McMaster to increase its collaborations with its government and industry partners to advance the sector.

“As both the provincial and federal governments turn their attention to nuclear, McMaster is positioned to use its evidence-based knowledge to help advance their priorities and to expand its capacity in areas of existing strength,” Tucker says, noting the university’s leadership in medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals, materials research, clean energy, nuclear safety and security, and its role in Small Modular Reactor development and deployment.

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