Dipl.-Ing. Burkhard Stahn
„The decommissioning of nuclear facilities is not a precise science, but depends on the know-how and experience of qualified staff.“
Mr. Stahn studied mechanical engineering with the focus on thermal engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and finished his studies in 1991. From 1991 to 1995 he worked for the Krantz-TKT GmbH in Aachen, today known as YIT Germany GmbH, as project-engineer and later as project-manager. In the scope of his work Mr. Stahn was responsible for the development and reconstruction of nuclear systems for power plants regarding process engineering and fire protection. This included the coordination and conception as well as the detailed planning and execution. At the end of his employment at Krantz-TKT he was assigned to the former KWU Erlangen as a special consultant to work on the so-called Basic Design for the nuclear power station Mochovce in Slovakia.
In 1996 Mr. Stahn joined the Research Center Jülich, where he was responsible as a project-engineer for the decommissioning of the experimental reactor FRJ-1 (MERLIN) and the fuel cell laboratory (BZL). At the same time he worked as sub-project-manager for the restoration of the facility for decontamination and disposal. In 1999 he became the project leader for the decommissioning of FRJ‑1 (MERLIN), which was completed in 2009. In 2005 Mr. Stahn additionally took over the management of the large hot cells, which are primarily concerned with the remote-controlled handling and inspection of high radiation components as well as the packing and disposal of reactor components. Since 2010 he is also head of department for “Nuclear Projects” and “System Operation”. “Nuclear Projects” include all nuclear building-, reconstruction- and decommissioning-projects of the research center, while the department “System Operation” secures the operation of nuclear facilities under decommissioning according to regulations.
Since 2004 Mr. Stahn is associate lecturer at the FH Aachen. In his course “Decommissioning” he teaches students of the international study program “European Master of Science in Nuclear Application” (EMiNA) and shares his experience he gained in the field of nuclear decommissioning. He also shared his knowledge in numerous publications for a national and international audience.