Hans Kare Fauske, DSc, age 85, at rest September 27, 2021. Beloved husband of Judith Gerdes Fauske for 57 years. Loving father of Hans Kristian Fauske (AnnMarie Fauske) and Kirk Ivar Fauske (partner Tori Harmon). Devoted grandfather of Jake, Jaden and Kayd Fauske. Loving brother to Sigmund (preceded in death Riordan Fauske).
Dr. Fauske was Emeritus President and Regent Advisor of Fauske & Associates, Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company. Since leaving Argonne National Laboratory in 1980 where he served as the first Director of the DOE Fast Reactor Safety Technology Management Center and was generally considered to be the leading world authority on fast breeder reactor safety, he had been involved in projects covering a wide range of safety issues in the nuclear power and chemical process industries. He served as Senior Consultant to the Industry Degraded Core Rulemaking program (IDCOR) which resulted in the MAAP computer models for analyzing severe accidents in commercial nuclear power plants being used worldwide, and as Senior Technical Advisor to the Clinch River Breeder Project with overall responsibility for the severe accident energetics assessment which contribute to successful licensing of the U.S. advanced sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor design. He also provided overall technical direction for the AIChE Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS), funded by 28 chemical firms in the U.S. and abroad, which led to state-of-the-art methodology and laboratory tools for characterizing chemical systems and designing relief systems for storage and process equipment worldwide. In the nineties, he produced resolution of chemical vulnerabilities in the U.S. Hanford high-level waste tanks supporting Containment-In-Place as a long term alternative, with potential savings of many billions of dollars.
Dr. Fauske published more than 200 scientific articles and held numerous patents in the areas of nuclear and chemical process safety. His most recent book was published in 2017 together with business partner, former student and dear friend, Dr. Robert Henry "Experimental Technical Bases for Evaluating Vapor/Steam Explosions in Nuclear Reactor Safety."
He was a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries and the International Journal of Multi-Phase Flow, and served as a member of the editorial board of AIChE Progress Safety Process Journal. He taught at several universities in the U.S. and abroad and served as the sixth BASF Renowned Scientist Lecturer from 1989 to 1990. He was a fellow of both the American Nuclear Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 1975, he became the first person in the field of nuclear reactor technology to receive the University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1982, he became the third recipient of the Tommy Thompson Award, the highest honor that the American Nuclear Society bestows in the field of reactor safety. In 1991, he received the ANS Thermal-Hydraulics Division Technical Achievement Award, in 1992 the prestigious AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award for his significant contributions in the area of nuclear and chemical process safety, and in 1996 the AIChE Robert E. Wilson Award in Nuclear Chemical Engineering for his leadership and contributions in developing methods to help assure safety in the nuclear power and chemical process industries. In 2004, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award, from the University of Minnesota, for demonstrating outstanding achievements in his field on an international level, and in 2012 became the recipient of ANS George C. Laurence Pioneering Award for Nuclear Safety in recognition of his lifetime pioneering contributions. Dr. Fauske was born in Norway, spoke 7 languages and only recently, proudly became a US citizen, something he weighed very carefully for many years. He was then eligible for and immediately elected a member of the United States of America National Academy of Engineering. Hans was generous, a patient mentor and lived very simply despite his world-renown safety accomplishments in such events as Chernobyl and Fukushima, where he was present in the war rooms. Most proud of his children and grandchildren whom called him "Grampy", he was delighted when his oldest son, Kris, took the reins of the company and grew its scope of work to further success as well as creating new business entities. His younger son, Kirk, made him proud as a revered teacher and coach. He adored wife Judi "Jus" and enjoyed providing for her as she was his "very pretty lady". When not engaging with his family, Hans' favorite place to be was solving problems at his white board, continuously writing equations for relief system design, thus, making the world a safer place.
Memorial visitation Tuesday October 5th from 2:00 pm until time of service 6:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or www.alz.orgwould be appreciated.
Service information: 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com