The College of Engineering at Penn State University will honor Andrew Bieniawski, vice president of material security and minimization at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and 12 other graduates for their outstanding professional achievements at its annual awards ceremony, to be held April 20th at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.
Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement.
Andrew Bieniawski joined the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) as vice president for material security and minimization after 25 years of serving in senior-level positions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration. AT DOE, he led the U.S. government’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). Under his leadership, GTRI significantly accelerated efforts and removed more than 2,300 kilograms of dangerous highly enriched uranium and plutonium from vulnerable locations around the world—enough material for terrorists to make more than 80 nuclear weapons. During this time, Bieniawski provided direct oversight to ensure the safe and successful completion of 21 highly complex operations to remove vulnerable nuclear material in more than 15 countries, including Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Mexico and Hungary.
Bieniawski leads key NTI projects related to nuclear materials security and minimization, including the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities, the IAEA/NTI Nuclear Fuel Bank and the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification. He is also an expert in radiological threat reduction.