Michael Hoehn II named inaugural program director of NextGen MURR

Hoehn will lead Mizzou’s transformational initiative to build a new state-of-the-art research reactor that will expand medical isotope production.

Michael Hoehn II
Michael Hoehn II

June 4, 2024
Contact: Uriah Orland, uriah.orland@missouri.edu, 573-884-5139

The University of Missouri has selected Michael Hoehn II as the inaugural program director for NextGen MURR. NextGen MURR, the University of Missouri’s initiative to build a 20 MW, state-of-the-art reactor, will expand critical medical isotope research and production for cancer treatment and theranostics. This project will build on the internationally recognized excellence of the 10 MW MU Research Reactor (MURR), the only U.S. producer of four medical isotopes used in lifesaving treatments for liver, thyroid, pancreatic and prostate cancer. NextGen MURR will serve as an innovation and manufacturing hub for nuclear medicine in the United States.

Hoehn begins his new role on June 6.

“Hiring Michael Hoehn as our new program director is a major milestone in moving NextGen MURR forward,” said University of Missouri President Mun Choi. “We are confident that he will provide the expertise, leadership and vision to oversee the planning of the new reactor and ensure the university’s position as the most important resource for medical isotopes in the United States.”

Reporting to Matt Sanford, executive director of the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), Hoehn will provide his technical expertise to ensure that the new reactor is built on time and within budget. He’ll also seek partnerships with state, federal and industry leaders as well as donors for new investments to fund NextGen MURR.

“We are thrilled to have Michael lead the NextGen MURR initiative,” Sanford said. “His exceptional track record of delivering results in the nuclear sector, coupled with his passion for strategy and team leadership, makes him the ideal candidate to achieve our ambitious goals.”

Hoehn’s career includes 18 years at Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center, where he held various leadership roles, including director of nuclear engineering design and projects. His tenure at Ameren Missouri has been marked by significant accomplishments in project management, regulatory compliance and technological innovation.

“I am honored to join the University of Missouri as the program director of NextGen MURR,” said Hoehn, a Mizzou alumnus. “I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at MURR and leaders across the university. NextGen MURR is vital to saving lives for generations to come, and I’m excited to leverage our collective expertise to bring the vision of the new reactor to reality.”

Hoehn holds a Master of Business Administration from Maryville University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Hoehn has received numerous accolades, including the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Industry
Practice Award in 2020 and multiple Electric Power Research Institute Technology Transfer Awards.

Hoehn and his wife, Andrea, a Certified Hand Therapist for Missouri Orthopedic Institute, reside in Columbia, Missouri, with their three daughters, Mira, Lexi and Zara.

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