Mark Shaver : Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers - 2022

Mark Shaver
Award Year
Graduation Year
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
Nominating Department
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics

Nuclear Licensing Manager, Regulatory Affairs Department, NuScale Power.

Mark Shaver was honored with the Nuclear Engineering Student of the Year Award for 2004-2005 while working toward his honors bachelor of science degree at Oregon State. He also earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan.

While studying, he participated as a Space Scholar Intern at the Air Force Research Laboratory, as an undergraduate researcher at NASA through Oregon State’s Microgravity Flight Team and NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program, and as a national security engineering intern and postbaccalaureate research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

After college, Shaver continued at PNNL, eventually as a nuclear engineering analyst and project manager. There, he worked on a variety of projects in the areas of project management, radiation shielding, radiation detection, reactor analysis, and other nuclear projects related to national security.

In 2014, Shaver accepted a position as radiological engineering technical lead at NuScale Power, which develops passively safe small modular nuclear reactors. Over the next eight years, he worked hard and became the nuclear licensing manager in the company’s Regulatory Affairs Department. His teams consist of four groups, whose responsibilities include interfacing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as well as preparing, submitting, and answering questions about applications submitted to the NRC. The NuScale Regulatory Affairs Department has led the charge in licensing efforts for its first-of-its-kind advanced nuclear technology. Shaver has also been a member of several committees and advisory groups in the industry.

Shaver is pleased to see the impact of his work in the industry, through development of cheap, clean, safe energy that is accessible without major grid infrastructure upgrades and can improve the quality of living throughout the world.

“Oregon State is a great place to get a large university education with a community feeling. The professors are truly invested in the education and success of the students.”


  • H.B.S., Nuclear Engineering, 2005