Vijay K. Sazawal
- PhD Mechanical Engineering 1975
Vijay K. Sazawal earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech in 1975. He holds an M.Tech. in Materials Engineering from the College of Technology, Bhopal, India and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India. After completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics, he joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project (CRBRP). His tenure in Westinghouse lasted 20 years during which time he rose through successive management positions with responsibility for fast reactors, advanced terrestrial and space reactors, nuclear defense programs, and U.S. government programs to promote safety upgrades of Russian built reactors in Central and Eastern Europe. He was part of the Westinghouse transition team that took over management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS) from DuPont Company in 1989. In 1995 he took a job with COGEMA Inc as VP, Engineering and Technology.
In 2002 he went to work for US Enrichment Company Inc (USEC) as Director, Government Programs, where he is currently Director of Government Programs. USEC was Federal agency that became privatized. They are a leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants worldwide. He coordinates and pursues advocacy for existing and new business initiatives. He is a member of the management team involved in the American Centrifuge Project, the leading initiative by USEC Inc. to build a state-of-the-art centrifuge nuclear enrichment plant based on American technology. His advice had been sought by the US State Department and DOE on nuclear export trade to India and other major commercial nuclear markets in the world. In 2011 he was appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to adviser the US Commerce Department on trade issues facing the industry.
Dr. Sazawal is a founding member of the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) and its past President. He is currently the Overseas Coordinator of three Kashmiri expatriate organizations: the U.S. based IAKF, the Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) based in Ottawa, and the Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF) based in London and Geneva. These organizations are recognized non-governmental organizations (NGO) which participate in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) Working Group on Minorities. Dr. Sazawal is also a member of the Interfaith International, which is an accredited organization to the UNCHR, and frequently speaks on the human rights issues in Geneva. He works closely with the Kashmiri Pandit community in Jammu and Kashmir, and has addressed their plight with the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Congress and the media. He has also made presentations in the British Parliament. He is also a member of the National Advisory Committee on South Asian Affairs (NACSAA), an informal expert group advising the U.S. State Department on South Asia and a member of the Brookings Institution Expert Group on South Asia. In 1999, he was invited by members of the U.S. Congress to provide a briefing on the Kargil situation. He has authored numerous articles, in American and Indian publications. He played an active role as a subject matter expert in the U.S. India Business Council (USIB) on the civil nuclear agreement.
He and his wife Meenakshi have three children and three grandchildren.