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In Memoriam: Dr. Jeff Gorman (1935-2021)

With great sadness, we announce the passing of one of DEI’s founders, Dr. Jeffrey A. Gorman. A nuclear industry stalwart, Jeff began his nuclear career in the Naval Reactors program led by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and was part of the technical team that brought nuclear propulsion to fruition within the US Navy. As nuclear reactor technology from the US Navy was transferred to the civilian power sector and the commercial nuclear power industry began to develop and expand, Jeff provided consulting services to nuclear utilities on plant design and quality assurance programs. In 1980, he formed DEI with partners E. Stephen Hunt and S. Robert Ward.

DEI Dr. Jeff Gorman - In Memoriam

A graduate of Cornell and Caltech, Jeff pioneered the use of statistical models to predict and manage the degradation of nuclear materials. His work in this area has significantly contributed to the safety and reliability of the nuclear energy sector globally, and many of the methods that he developed are still widely used as the industry standard and technical basis for inspection protocols sanctioned by nuclear safety regulators worldwide. During his impressive 60 year career, he authored hundreds of industry references on water chemistry control, material reliability and steam generator performance and degradation, including several which later evolved into guidelines and databases now maintained by the Electric Power Research Institute.

Jeff and his co-founders formed DEI with many of the same principles which resulted in the success of the Naval Reactors program, primarily a commitment to technical rigor and integrity. Additionally, the company was formed around a simple, but profound principle of authentic care for the interests of its employees and clients. While DEI’s business and market impact has continued to expand within the nuclear industry, these founding principles have been maintained and have been essential to the company’s continued success.

Jeff was joyful and memorable soul. He enjoyed wind surfing and learning foreign languages, and frequently volunteered at his church and the Smithsonian museums. Although he debated technical topics with vigor and passion during industry meetings, he was always a friendly and fun-loving participant in the social gatherings that followed and loved to enjoy a pint of Guinness with colleagues and friends. He will be deeply missed by the DEI family and the many people he impacted through his life and work.