Course director Neil Todreas is the Korea Electric Power Corp Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Emeritus) at MIT. His research and teaching focuses on thermal and hydraulic aspects of nuclear reactor engineering and safety analysis. From 1981 to 1989, he headed the MIT Nuclear Engineering Department. He has an extensive record of service for government and industry review committees as well as international scientific review groups. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, and is the author of three books and over 250 papers on nuclear reactor energy extraction and safety features. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear and the American Mechanical Engineering Societies as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.