B U I L D I N G G L O B A L T R U S T I N D E C O M M I S S I O N I N G & R A D I O A C T I V E W A S T E M A N A G E M E N T 1 6 WMS Young Professional Award Tristan Karns RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER Los Alamos National Laboratory Tristan Karns is a Research and Development Engineer for the Nuclear Process Infrastructure group from Los Alamos National Laboratory. He began his career as a Post-Bachelor student and quickly established himself as an asset to the nuclear industry. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University Tristan’s concentration has been in nuclear material storage and worker safety. His work has included developing a heat resistant hydrophobic filter material, designing and implementing surveillance test systems and broadening the versatility of the current nuclear material storage containers. His work has led to a patent pending which will have profound implication on container performance. He strives to improve the technical aspects of packaging by implementing new technologies in to current and future container designs and looks forward to advancing his career in the nuclear industry. Starting at WM2017, WM Symposia will present a new award to recognize “Young Professionals” in our field. The objective is to annually recognize one young professional for their distinguished contributions to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management. Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in matters of nuclear waste management. Until 2016 Mr. Kröger was a member of the programme advisory committee of the KONTEC (the German Symposia for radioactive waste treatment and decommissioning of nuclear facilities) and the Waste Management Symposia (WMS). He has worked in the sections of WMS for low level waste management, developing, organizing and leading sessions and reviewing papers. Heinz Kröger has a doctorate degree in Technical Chemistry (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Hannover. He has been working for more than 30 years in the fields of radioactive waste management, storage and disposal. Mr. Kröger was appointed in 2009 until 2015 to be a member of the “Committee on Waste Conditioning, Transport and Interim Storage” (AZ). This committee belongs to the national German Nuclear Waste Management Commission (ESK) who advises the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Dr. Heinz Kröger CONSULTANT TÜV NORD EnSys 2017 WMS Fellow Award Recipients (continued)