Local entrepreneur and community patron, Dr. Hash Hashemian was recently inducted to the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Department Hall of Fame. The Department of Nuclear Engineering honored this inaugural class at the department’s awards banquet dinner held at Calhoun’s on the River on April 18, 2017. The Hall of Fame recognizes nuclear engineering graduates or those who have sustained a positive relationship with the department. The 2017 inductees all have made exceptional contributions to the nuclear engineering community through their technical innovations, scholarly activities, and leadership. The first class includes Dr. Hashemian, Dr. Pietro F. Pasqua, Dr. Wayne Coleman, Dr. Ken Piety, and Jessie Hill Roberson.
Dr. Hashemian earned his first degree in 1973 from the National University of Iran with a B.S. in Physics. His educational and professional career took him to the United States in 1974 where he earned his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since then, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the nuclear power industry, specifically as President and Chief Executive Officer of AMS Corporation. The company provides equipment, training, and services for testing the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems of nuclear power plants around the world. Dr. Hashemian continued his education, earning three doctorate degrees in electrical, nuclear, and computer engineering from universities in the United States, Sweden, and Canada.
Established in 1977 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, AMS is a recognized market leader in testing and verifying the performance of process I&C systems in almost all of the nuclear power plants operating in the United States as well as many in Europe and Asia. With representatives in Austria, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, AMS maintains a worldwide list of clientele and collaborates with a number of national and international organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, Department of Defense, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Electrotechnical Commission, and the International Society of Automation. The AMS technology campus spans over 100,000 square feet of office, laboratory, testing, training, and expansion space. The company is staffed by a core group of more than 50 engineers and scientists with BS, MS, or PhD degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, nuclear, chemical, material, industrial, and computer engineering.