On July 9, 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Per F. Peterson, Ph.D., PE, to a three year term on the Committee through June 30, 2011. On March 22, 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Professor Peterson’s reappointment for a term on the Committee commencing July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown announced Professor Peterson's reappointment to a three-year term on the DCISC commencing July 1, 2014 and expiring June 30, 2017. On June 15, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission ratified President Picker’s selection of Professor Peterson as one of two candidates for appointment by the Governor to a three-year term on the Committee beginning on July 1, 2017.
Per F. Peterson is a Professor and a previous Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1982. After working at Bechtel on high-level radioactive waste processing from 1982 to 1985, he received a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1988. He was a JSPS Fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology from 1989 to 1990 and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator from 1990 to 1995. He is past chairman of the Thermal Hydraulics Division (1996—1997) and a Fellow (2002) of the American Nuclear Society, a recipient of the Fusion Power Associates Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award (1999), and has served as Editor for three technical journals.
Prof. Peterson’s work focuses on problems in energy and environmental systems, including passive reactor safety systems, inertial fusion energy, and nuclear materials management. His research interests focus on thermal hydraulics, scaling, heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics, and phase change. He is author of over 95 archival journal articles and over 110 conference publications on these topics.
Prof. Peterson previously served as a Committee member from September 2, 2004, through October 9, 2007.