Kenneth J. Hofstetter

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Title: Research Chemist (Retired)
Company: Westinghouse Savannah River Company
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Kenneth J. Hofstetter, retired Research Chemist at Westinghouse Savannah River Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in radiochemistry.

Dr. Hofstetter was the first college graduate in his family. Science was always a subject that he enjoyed and wanted to pursue. Also due to the encouragement of several high school and college professors, he was motivated to take his education to the highest level and to make a contribution to science and technology. Professor Robert Bernsten, a chemistry professor at Augustana College, and Professor Patrick Daly at Purdue University were great mentors to him. They offered a great deal of advice and guidance in his pursuit of his educational successes. Dr. Hofstetter earned an AB from Augustana College in 1962. He followed that up with receiving a PhD from Purdue University in 1967. After that, he went on to take postdoctoral course work at Texas A&M University from 1967 to 1969.

Dr. Hofstetter is most proud of the projects he was able to work on. While working as a radiochemistry supervisor at Allied General Nuclear Services from 1974 to 1980, he had the opportunity to work on a project with the task of taking weapon-grade nuclear material and converting it to commercial reactor fuel. Due to his experience, when the nuclear incident at 3-mile Island occurred, Dr. Hofstetter was called in to supervise the chemistry recovery and decontamination activities at the reactor for seven years. Another highlight was the work he did post-9/11. Dr. Hofstetter was responsible for assisting first responders in training and techniques against nuclear attacks from weapons of mass destruction. After his time at Allied General Nuclear Service, he moved on to become a radiochemistry-engineering supervisor for GPU Nuclear Corporation from 1980 to 1987. From there, he went to Westinghouse Savannah River Company to take on the role of advisory scientist until he retired in 2007. He also held the position of senior scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory from 2004 to 2007. As a testament to his success, Dr. Hofstetter has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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