Geoscience Technical Specialist
Son has worked for the CNSC since 1982. As a Geoscience Technical Specialist, he uses geoscientific and engineering principles to assess the safety of nuclear installations.
Son also conducts research in collaboration with Canadian and international partners to keep up to date with scientific and engineering developments and to ensure that licensing decisions are based on science.
Expertise and education
Son holds a bachelor of engineering and master of engineering in civil engineering from Université de Sherbrooke, and a PhD in civil engineering and applied mechanics from McGill University. He holds his professional engineering designation (P.Eng.) affiliated with the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. Son is also a 2-time recipient of the CNSC President’s Merit Award and is chair of an International Atomic Energy Agency project related to demonstrating the safety of geological disposal of radioactive waste. He’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, and is the author of more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and many more in conference proceedings.
Current research and projects
Project: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ proposed near surface disposal facility (NSDF). As part of the CNSC’s review of this proposed facility, Son is reviewing the safety case through a suite of documents that provide multiple arguments to demonstrate that the proposed NSDF will be safe for people and the environment during construction, operation, closure, and post-closure. He reviews and performs independent assessment of geotechnical, seismic and hydrogeological aspects that would influence the safety and performance of the proposed NSDF.
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