Nuclear Engineering, UTK
Dr. J. Wesley Hines is the Nuclear Engineering Department Head. He teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence and advanced statistical techniques applied to process diagnostics, condition based maintenance, and prognostics; and has made notable accomplishments in the invention and development of reliability enhancing condition monitoring technologies. He has led over 100 research projects with awards totaling over $14M sponsored by both government and commercial entities in the US and abroad. His scholarly discoveries have allowed operators to understand the condition of vital assets, and in several cases, to predict their remaining useful life with quantifiable confidence bounds. This research has resulted in three patents that have been implemented in commercial products. In 2009, Entergy Nuclear gained recognition with the Nuclear Project of the Year Award for their use of reliability enhancing technologies which employ one of Hines’s patents.