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Duane Pendergast, Principal Scientist

Resume, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Biography (Bio)

Education and Experience

Dr. Pendergast has nearly 50  years experience in the energy industry and engineering education related endeavors.

He graduated with a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1963 and worked in Alberta industry for three years before entering New Mexico State University in 1967. He earned a Masters and a Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from that institution in 1970. He spent four years as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Gonzaga University  in the United States and a Canadian International Development Agency sponsored appointment at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

He joined Atomic Energy of Canada in 1974 where he was involved in professional and managerial aspects of CANDU nuclear reactor safety analysis, environmental assessment and reactor licensing. Since 1990, he concentrated on extensive study and involvement in issues relating to energy and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of this expertise, a national industry association chose him to represent it on the "Technology Issue Table" of Canada’s National Climate Change Process. The Technology Table was one of sixteen Issue Tables, involving 450 experts, established to help develop Canada’s response to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases. On completion of the Technology Table's work he was selected to join the "Integrative Group." The Integrative Group, composed of stakeholder and government representatives, reviewed Canada's developing action plans to meet the commitment made at Kyoto and subsequent United Nations meetings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He established Computare in 2000 with a goal to broaden the scope of his involvement in the climate change issue. His focus was on the role energy may play in finding ways to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. He remains  concerned with the vital role energy plays in nature and human activities.


Dr. Pendergast was named a Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society  in 2013  "for his extensive contributions to CNS activities and public outreach, and for a major commitment to advancing green energy technology". He was instrumental in forming the Alberta Branch of the CNS in 2007.

Recent Activities


Treasurer, Canadian Nuclear Society Western Branch (2013 - ????)


Appointed interim Chair of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society.  Duties to develop and guide membership toward a role in bringing knowledge of nuclear science and technology to Albertans. (2007 - 2013)


Participation in the organization of a second Engineering Institute of Canada conference on greenhouse gas management and adaptation to climate change held May 12-15, 2009 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (2007 - 2009)


Helped organize a conference on climate change hosted by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Involvement included; development  of a working agreement between member societies of the EIC to fund and organize the conference on behalf of the Canadian Nuclear Society, participation in the Organizing and Technical Program Committees, Co-chair of the sub-committee soliciting technical papers on policy and strategy related to greenhouse gas management, and authorship and co-authorship of  three peer reviewed papers. The conference came to a successful conclusion on May 12, 2006. Some 150 presentations were made to about 400 participants. (2003 - 2006)


Review of the Nuclear Waste Management Organizations initiative to establish the way forward for management of used nuclear fuel (2004 - 2005)


Member of the Integrative Group of the National Climate Change Process representing the Canadian Nuclear Association (2000 - 2002)



Development of a process to organize and fund a national multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the Canadian Nuclear Society on greenhouse gas avoidance and mitigation technology. Served as the chair of the Technical Program Committee. (1999 - 2001)



Analysis of the role nuclear electricity production could have on the economic impact of Canada meeting Kyoto Protocol commitments. The analysis utilized computer models developed and applied by the Analysis and Modeling Group of the National Climate Change Process (2000 - 2001)



Member of the Technology Issues Table of the National Climate Change Process that produced the Technology Table Options Report representing the Canadian Nuclear Association. (1998 - 2000)

Professional Experience


Principal Scientist, Computare, (January 2005 to present)

Principal Engineer, Computare, (March 2000 to December 2004)

Principal Engineer, Safety, Licensing, Environment, Safety, Licensing, and Risk Assessment Branch, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, (April 1996 to March 2000)

Special Assignments, Process and Safety Analysis Department, AECL CANDU (December 1988 to April 1996)

Manager, Fuel Branch, AECL- CANDU Operations (April 1986 to November 1988)

Manager, Consequence and Containment Analysis Branches, AECL-CANDU Operations (1982 to March 1986)

Section Head, Mechanics Branch, AECL - CANDU Operations (1977 - 1982)

Analyst, Mechanics Branch, AECL - CANDU Operations, (1974 - 1977)

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1972 - 1974)

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington (1970 - 1972)

Graduate Student, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces,
New Mexico, U.S.A. (1967 - 1970)

Design Engineer, James United Steel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1964 - 1967)

Industrial Engineer, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. of Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (1963 - 1964)

Professional Associations and Societies

Professional Engineers Ontario ( Retired)
Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta, Life Member
Canadian Nuclear Society, Retired Member

Publications and External Reports

Approximately 50 published papers, reports and articles.



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