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Dave Pace

Group Lead Business Development Lead - BFNUF

Research Areas:
Robotics; Biomass Feedstock National User Facility ; Bioenergy Technologies; Bioenergy Leadership


David P. Pace is the Biomass National Feedstock User Facility Chief Engineer. Specializing in large complex systems, he is a mechanical engineer with 22 years of research and design experience. He has led the technical side of many large-scale research and design projects while at Idaho National Laboratory, including the development of the biomass process demonstration unit, the development of a new metal nuclear fuel fabrication line and the development of a remote welding and inspection system for the Yucca Mountain Waste Package Closure Project. His interests and expertise lie in the design, fabrication, control and testing of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, applied robotics, and design of robot deployed devices.


​M.S., Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois

B.S., Mechanical Engineering - University of Idaho

H. B. Smartt, D. P. Pace, E. D. Larsen, T. R. McJunkin, C. I. Nichol, K. L. Skinner, M. L. Clark, and T. G. Kaser, “Robotic welding and inspection system,” 8th International Conference on Trends in Welding Research, Pine Mountain, Georgia, June 2008.

E. D. Larsen, A. D. Watkins, T. R. McJunkin, D. P. Pace and R. J. Bitsoi, “Remote welding, NDE, and repair of DOE standardized canisters,” in 5th International Conference on NDE in Relation to Structural Integrity for Nuclear and Pressurized Components, pp.929-942, San Diego, California, May 2006.

H. B. Smartt, A. D. Watkins, D. P. Pace, R. J. Bitsoi, E. D. Larsen, T. R. McJunkin, and C. R. Tolle, “Yucca Mountain: Design of a welding and inspection system for waste package closure,” in 2006 International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2006.

​​Smartt, Herschel B., Johnson, John A., Larsen, Eric D., Bitsoi, Rodney J., Perrenoud, Ben C., Miller, Karen S., Pace, David P., ​2002, “Apparatus for the Concurrent Inspection of Partially Completed Welds” , Patent 6,365,873, April 2, 2002.

Larsen, Eric D., Watkins, Arthur D., Bitsoi, ROdney J., Pace, David P., 2005, "Grinding Assembly, Grinding Apparatus, Weld Joint Defect Repair System, and Methods​",  Patent 6,949,005, September 27, 2005.

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