Alumnus Donald Waddell will present “Foundations in Physics—Decades of Career Opportunity” for the next talk in the Department of Physics’ Fall Colloquium Series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, in Moulton Hall, room 214.

Waddell is the director of Transmission and Distribution Design at Ameren Illinois, where he is responsible for an electric substation design engineering department of nearly 100 engineers and support staff. He also manages over $100 million of new electric substation investment annually.

Over a 35-year career, Waddell has led a multi-million dollar modification and certification program for a nuclear plant training simulator. He led an effort to develop Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) for use in severe reactor accident sequences. He directed nuclear plant emergency response, fire protection, and industrial safety programs. He directed the design engineering departments at both the nuclear plant and in electric Transmission and Distribution.

Waddell holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and an MBA from Illinois State University. He is also a graduate of an Executive Education Program from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

For accommodation requests or more information on the colloquium series, contact the Department of Physics at 438-8756 or