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Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Southern Nuclear Operating Company
Steve Kuczynski is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Nuclear, located in Birmingham, Ala. In this role, he is responsible for all operations of Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors at plants Farley, Hatch and Vogtle. He is also responsible for new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 near Augusta, Ga. He was elected chairman, president and CEO, effective July 11, 2011.
Kuczynski has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Most recently he was the senior vice president of Exelon Nuclear’s Midwest Operations. In that role, Kuczynski had oversight of all operational functions for Exelon Nuclear’s six Illinois operating facilities and 11 reactors. Prior to that role, Kuczynski was the senior vice president of operations support in which he was responsible for the performance of outage services, training, emergency preparedness, security, chemistry, radiation protection, operations, maintenance, work control and industrial safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet.
Kuczynski holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He earned a senior reactor operator license from the NRC.
VP Strategy and Acquisitions
Ontario Power Generation
Nicolle has over 20 years of project experience across a wide range of projects including establishing a lease with British Energy for the Bruce Nuclear plant, driving the advancement of biomass as an alternative fuel for OPG's coal plants and developing the commercial business case and overseeing the establishment of the commercial organization for the Portlands Energy Centre.
Nicolle continues to sit on the Board of Directors of Portlands. Nicolle holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Business Valuator. Nicolle earned a Certified Project Manager designation from Stanford University and has recently earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Senior Manager – Small Modular Reactors
Tennessee Valley Authority (Invited)
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Mr. Douglas Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (“UAMPS”). Mr. Hunter joined UAMPS in December of 1983 and is a 35 year veteran of the electric utility industry. Prior to his appointment as General Manager in 1995, he served as Assistant General Manager and Manager of Municipal Resources of UAMPS.Mr. Hunter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. He currently serves as the past Chair on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Executive Committee and has served on the APPA Board of Directors.
General Manager, Energy Services & Development
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Government and Regulatory Insights
Acting Director – Office of New Reactors
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Speaker bio coming soon.
United States House of Representatives
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US House of Representatives
Congressman Jerry McNerney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. He is proud to represent California’s 9th District, which includes a large portion of San Joaquin County and parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties.
Congressman McNerney is honored to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee is vested with broad jurisdiction on a number of issues including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.
Congressman McNerney, who has his Ph.D. in mathematics, served several years as an engineering contractor to Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. In 1990, McNerney moved to California for a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower, Kenetech. McNerney later began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Prior to his election to Congress, he formed a start-up company to manufacture wind turbines.
During his career in wind energy, McNerney’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide. McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who in response to the attacks of September 11th, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his Dad serve his country by running for Congress. With a deep sense of duty and his family’s support, McNerney began his journey to Congress.
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation
US Department of Energy
Mr. McGinnis is responsible for the Department of Energy's international civilian nuclear energy activities, including international nuclear energy research, development and demonstration cooperation, international framework and partnership development, international nuclear energy policy, and other international civilian nuclear energy-related activities carried out by the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.As part of these responsibilities, Mr. McGinnis serves as Steering Group Chairman of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation that consists of more than 60 countries and serves as the Departmental Representative to the U.S. Trade and Promotion Coordination Committee on civil nuclear energy matters. Within the Office of Nuclear Energy, Mr. McGinnis has also served as a Vice Chairman and Principal U.S. Representative to the Generation IV International Forum and was responsible for US domestic nuclear fuel assurance matters, including technical oversight activities regarding the United States Enrichment Corporation, uranium inventory management matters, as well as US nuclear energy security matters.
VP Structured Finance Division
Mr. Whalen joined Ex-Im Bank in 2015 to lead the Bank’s structured and project finance division. His experience includes leadership roles in the global banking and energy sectors, and in public service. Prior to Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Whalen served as vice president of structured finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
In the finance sector, Mr. Whalen led teams at HSBC and Bank of America in New York, London and Hong Kong focusing on raising debt capital for oil & gas, power, petrochemical and industrial ventures. Mr. Whalen’s experience in the energy industry includes both conventional and alternative sectors. He was chief financial officer of SolarReserve, a solar development company and held various roles at Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia, London and Singapore.
Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises electric utilities, reactor vendors, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a specific emphasis on new reactor projects.
Alex Polonsky concentrates his energy and environmental practice on matters ranging from nuclear industry licensing, litigation, and investigations, to radiation toxic tort and Superfund litigation. He is a nationally-known resource and frequent speaker at conferences on nuclear export–related matters, including 10 CFR Part 810.As the firm’s Facility Security Officer with a top-secret security clearance, Alex also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information. Alex’s prior career as an environmental consultant allows him to advocate effectively in technically-complex proceedings, to provide due diligence support for energy and environmental transactions, and to work seamlessly with experts.
Dr. Rita Baranwal joined Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Nuclear Science & Technology directorate in August 2016 as the Director for the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.
She is responsible for providing the nuclear industry and other stakeholders access to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) state-of-the-art research, development (R&D) expertise, capabilities, and infrastructure to achieve faster and cost-effective development, demonstration, and ultimate deployment of innovative nuclear energy technologies.
Prior to joining INL, Dr. Baranwal served as the director of Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.
Innovative designer presentations
Chief Commercial Officer
Speaker bio coming soon.
CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder
Don Wolf is a business executive and venture capital investor who has held senior level/founder responsibilities in many different businesses. He is the cofounder of a real estate private equity business based in Paris and Washington, DC. Previously, he was general partner in a U.S. based real development company. There, he put together and served as CEO of a building materials, construction and solid waste business, and as CEO of a hotel management company that managed the group’s hotels. Mr. Wolf has practiced law with the international law firm Coudert Brothers in New York, London and Paris. He also served as a military officer in a U.S. Defense Department office created by Robert McNamara.
Mr. Wolf earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Chief Consulting Engineer
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Dr. Eric Loewen is GE Hitachi Chief Consulting Engineer for Advanced Plants. He leads the technical efforts to build the integral fast reactor PRISM, an advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) that can generate electricity and industrial heat, recycle spent nuclear fuel from the current fleet of water cooled reactors, disposition plutonium and eliminate weapons grade material by fission. He acts in a similar capacity on behalf of GEH as the Reactor Systems Technology Leader for Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC’s (ARC) aSMR, ARC-100. Eric’s experience in the nuclear industry includes, the nuclear Navy, nuclear waste processing, and work at national laboratory on advanced reactors. As a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) since 1987 holding a variety of leadership positions. He is a Past President, having served as President from June 2011 to June 2012. He holds Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Chief Operations Officer
Rory O’Sullivan BA BAI MIMechE is a chartered engineer with degrees in mechanical engineering from Ireland and France. Rory’s belief in Molten Salt Reactors as a solution to affordable clean power led him to cofound Energy Process Developments Ltd where he led a government funded feasibility study on the development of a prototype Molten Salt Reactor. Rory has sat on the Molten Salt Reactor advisory committee to the International Atomic Energy Agency and was recently named as a Standout in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for his work with Molten Salt Reactors. He is now Chief Operating Officer at Moltex Energy leading the engineering and business development of the Stable Salt Reactor, a simpler, cheaper, more deployable form of Molten Salt Reactor.
Head of the Electron Cylcotron Sections
Mark Henderson acquired a PhD in Plasma Physics in 1991, the thesis was on the design, construction and initial operation of the Compact Auburn Torsatron. He performed a Post Doctorate at CRPP-EPFL in Lausanne, participating in the design, construction and operation of the microwave Heating system on the tokamak TCV. He became a permanent scientist at TCV working on the microwave system and associated experiments. In 2004, he proposed an alternative design for the ITER microwave launching antenna, which was accepted. In 2008, he left CRPP for ITER to be in charge of the development of microwave heating system, which is being supplied by Europe, USA, Japan, Russia and India.
Terrestrial Energy USA
Mr. Irish has over 20 years investment banking and asset management experience in London and New York. Mr. Irish founded SWH Capital LLC in 2009, a New York based investment firm focused on innovative businesses in the financial, energy and healthcare sectors. Mr. Irish has established and managed multi-billion dollar alternative investment businesses in North America. Most recently he operated a substantial proprietary investment program for Man Group Plc. in start-up investment businesses including those focused on the technology sector.Mr. Irish’s responsibilities extended to sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities for Man Group Plc. Mr. Irish received his MA (Natural Sciences) from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from London Business School.
Paul Harding is Senior Adviser on the U-Battery Team. With MA and DPhil degrees in Chemistry from Oxford University, Paul has worked in diverse roles in the UK Nuclear Industry for over 36 years. Paul was Managing Director of URENCO UK Uranium Enrichment Plant at Capenhurst near Chester from 2003-11 and Commercial Director in the URENCO Group 2011-14. Previously he has headed Decommissioning Sites at Hunterston and Capenhurst and was Head of Hex Business at Springfields Fuel Plant in the UK.
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Ed Pheil is Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Elysium Industries' two companies, one for Molten Chloride Salt Fast Reactors for two years.
The new spunoff company provides improved efficiency of building heating, specifically including 50% improvements in energy, water, and sewer costs for heating and blackout building heat and power. This same technology will be used to improve water reactor efficiency, maintenance, and blackout decay heat cooling to prevent Fukushima Daiichi or Three Mile Island melt down risk. He is on the technical Advisory board of Fisonic Energy Corporation.
Ed has also been Technical Advisor at Silicon Accelerators, for about 4-5 years, helping design radiation tolerant 3D nano-vacuum tube computer chips operating in the Tera-hertz range and used in a small aneutronic proton-boron-11 fission reactor, and other uses.
Ray joined RedSeal as CEO in February 2014. Prior to RedSeal he was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock he invested in 53 companies including over a dozen in cybersecurity including Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA, and Shape Security. He is on the board of Check Point Software Technology, Ltd. an original Venrock investment, and Team8, both Tel Aviv–based companies.
A thought leader in cybersecurity and long time investor in the sector, Ray Rothrock was a participant in the White House CyberSecurity Summit held at Stanford University February 2015.
Ray holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A & M University, a MS in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. Ray Rothrock is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation board.
Head of Research – Nuclear
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Chris is the Lead Analyst of Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He directs the firm's nuclear energy research team, developing a robust methodology for forecasting global nuclear investment in new build, innovative technologies, O&M, fuel cycle and decommissioning.
As a business development and corporate communications consultant with SMIdirect, Chris has over 25 years experience working with regional and multinational firms and global institutions on energy and environment projects. Past clients include the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, U.S. Department of Energy, and UNDP/Global Environment Facility. Chris has worked on solar project development in the Middle East and in California, and was invited as an "energy leader" to explore renewable energy and technology transfer business opportunities in Israel in 2009.
Vice President, Products and Technology
Martin Parece is Vice President, Products & Technology for the Reactors & Services Business Group of AREVA in North America. He is responsible for development, technical oversight and configuration control of pressurized water and high temperature gas reactor designs planned for deployment in North America. In addition, Mr. Parece directs product development, fabrication and testing at AREVA’s U.S. Technical Center.
Mr. Parece has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and is a member of the American Nuclear Society. During the last 34 years with AREVA and predecessor companies, he has gained extensive experience in plant operations, safety and performance analyses, computer code development, accident mitigation, thermal-hydraulics, plant auxiliary systems, Class 1 component design, reactor design, and licensing. He is particularly adept at assembling and leading highly functioning multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex design, licensing and fabrication projects. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, he served as Chief Engineer for AREVA.
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) effective September 13, 2015. CNL is Canada's premier nuclear science and technology laboratory managed by the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA).
Mr. Lesinski has a distinguished career in nuclear science, operations, projects, and decommissioning. His 38 years of experience spans commercial and government nuclear facilities, from power reactor operations and major retrofit projects to management of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D).
Prior to joining CNL, Mr. Lesinski spent 10 years in the UK, first to accelerate closure of the Magnox South estate culminating as the Managing Director and then to serve as chief operating officer (COO) for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), developing and implementing strategy for the site licence companies (SLC). The unique combination of project and program management with site operating company (SOC) management and governance roles, as well as coordinating support with the National Nuclear Laboratory, provides Mr. Lesinski with the perspective and experience critical to leading CNL’s transformation.
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Kevin Billings is President and CEO of Legation Strategies, a private management consulting firm providing advisory services in strategic positioning, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity within the national security, energy, and transportation sectors.
He is advising Concurrent Technologies Corporation in support of its Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing.
Mr. Billings was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health and later served as Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment, and Logistics. In that role, his responsibilities included worldwide management and direction of the United States Air Force’s $38 billion energy, environment, installations and logistic activities.
Mr. Billings began his career in the United States Congress working for Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and since then his experience has been multidimensional in terms of policy development, strategic planning, international and domestic business operations, transformation and change management. He has served as an executive at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Lockheed Martin and his consulting clients have included large multi-national defense, energy and engineering companies.
Mr. Billings is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and a member of the Royal Air Force 601 (County of London) Squadron. He serves as a member on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.
Managing Director, Power
Jim Sarvinis, P. Eng. is a Managing Director at Hatch with global responsibility for Hatch's Power Business Unit serving the following industries: Nuclear, Waterpower, Thermal Power, Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Power Transmission. The Nuclear team at Hatch provides services to clients across the complete nuclear fuel cycle including: fuel processing plants, nuclear generating utilities, technology suppliers, decommissioning / waste management organizations and regulatory agencies.
Jim has broad experience in technology development and project execution in the resource and energy sectors, including a number of First of a Kind (FOAK) projects. He has a proven track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, designers and project management professionals to deliver high quality custom-designed solutions, on-time and within budget.
Nuclear Technologies Specialist
Brian is the technology development lead at Hatch with 11 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, with the primary focus in nuclear power technologies. He specializes in multidisciplinary product development, particularly in conceptual and feasibility stages.
Brian has led several energy and power projects, including a feasibility study for uranium fuel processing facilities in South Australia; a feasibility study of SMR deployment in Canada for the Ministry of Energy Ontario and Natural Resources of Canada; engineering support for a fusion technology development, radiation protection in rare earth mining operations; a lifecycle greenhouse gas emission study for the Canadian Nuclear Association; and small reactor regulatory study for Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). His non-nuclear project experience includes energy recovery systems for smelters, slag atomization technology, microgrid controllers, and plasma pulse power technology for industrial applications.
Lead, Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. Bragg-Sitton is a Senior Nuclear Engineer at Idaho National Laboratory in the Nuclear Science & Technology Directorate, Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis Division. Dr. Bragg-Sitton serves in various leadership positions within Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs related to advanced nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear systems development.
Shannon is currently the Deputy National Technical Director for the Advanced Fuels Campaign (AFC) in the DOE Fuel Cycle Technologies Program. AFC focuses on the development of enhanced accident tolerant fuels for light water reactors, advanced reactor fuels, and capability development to support fuel fabrication, testing and characterization.
Shannon is also the Lead for Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems (N-R HES) under the DOE-NE Crosscutting Technologies Program. N-R HES designs seek to coordinate the use of multiple clean energy generation sources – namely nuclear and renewables – to meet both thermal and electrical energy needs. These systems would be designed to optimize energy use for the combined electricity, industrial manufacturing, and the transportation sectors.
Director of Reactor Safety Programs
JENSEN HUGHES Power Services Group (PSG) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer Uhle as the new Director of Reactor Safety Programs in the Rockville, MD office.
Dr. Uhle most recently served as Director of the Office of New Reactors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In that role, she was responsible for the regulatory activities associated with siting, licensing, and construction of new nuclear power plants, as well as review of new light water and advanced reactor designs.
Dr. Uhle served in numerous senior level positions throughout her 23-year career with the NRC. Positions include Deputy Director of both Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) and Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), and Director of the Division of Safety Analysis and of the Division of Engineering.
She brings a deep understanding of the technical and regulatory issues faced by the nuclear industry, both existing and future. In her NRC senior management role, she developed strong relationships with international entities that will help JENSEN HUGHES pursue a number of core strategies for growth.
Dr. Uhle earned her Ph.D. and B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Senior Project Manager, Quality Issues and Licensing Actions
Nuclear Energy Institute
Marc Nichol joined Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2011 and is a Senior Project Manager in New Plant Licensing. In this role, he leads industry’s efforts to resolve generic regulatory issues related to Small Modular Reactors.
Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy and Transnuclear, in the areas of used nuclear fuel management, operations and new plant projects.
Marc holds degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and the University of California Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacopo Buongiorno is the TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in thermo-fluids engineering and nuclear reactor engineering. Jacopo has published over 70 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology. For his research work and his teaching at MIT he won several awards, including, recently, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award (MIT, 2015), and the Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (American Nuclear Society, 2011). He is the Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CANES), which is one of eight Low-Carbon-Energy Centers (LCEC) of the MIT Energy initiative (MITEI). Jacopo is a consultant for the nuclear industry in the area of reactor thermal-hydraulics, and a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy of Nuclear Training. He is also a member of the American Nuclear Society (and served on its Special Committee on Fukushima in 2011-2012), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a participant in the Defense Science Study Group (2014-2015).
American Nuclear Insurers
Jason Martinez is a nuclear liability underwriting professional with over 8 years in the nuclear insurance industry. He is currently responsible for underwriting the domestic nuclear liability business as well as foreign assumed reinsurance business for American Nuclear Insurers (ANI), a specialized and exclusive provider of third party liability insurance to the domestic nuclear power industry and reinsurance to the worldwide nuclear industry. Before transferring over to the Underwriting Department, Mr. Martinez worked as a nuclear account engineer at ANI conducting nuclear liability insurance inspections. Prior to his work at ANI, Mr. Martinez spent several years within the nuclear Navy as a submarine officer serving on board the USS Seawolf in Groton, CT. Mr. Martinez is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Systems Engineering (Nuclear).
Senior Account Engineer
American Nuclear Insurers
Otto Walter is a professional engineer with 12 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He has nearly 4 years of experience with American Nuclear Insurers (ANI) as a Senior Account Engineer. His primary responsibility is to manage nuclear liability insurance risk across a variety of insured sites and technical topics. He has also developed detailed understanding in the areas of advanced reactors, decommissioning risk, and buried piping risk management. Mr. Walter was a nuclear trained submarine officer on board USS Annapolis and a tactics instructor at the US Naval Submarine School. He has also worked for Tennessee Valley Authority at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and for General Dynamics at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, CT. Mr. Walter graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in General Engineering
Executive Vice President, International
The Ux Consulting Company, LLC
Jonathan Hinze has over 15 years of experience in the nuclear industry and is currently Executive Vice President, International at The Ux Consulting Company, LLC (UxC). At UxC, he manages numerous consulting products primarily related to the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor markets. One of his main areas of focus is global nuclear reactor developments and their impacts on nuclear fuel demand and the reactor supply chain. His areas of expertise include an in-depth knowledge of the international nuclear marketplace, nuclear technologies, government policies, nonproliferation, and the strong interplay between all of these forces on an international level.
Vice President and Senior Regulatory Consultant
Nuclear Energy Consultants
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Principal Technical Leader, Advanced Nuclear Technology (ANT)
Cristian Marciulescu is a Principal Technical Leader working for the EPRI Advanced Nuclear Technology (ANT) Team, where he is providing technical leadership and project management support for the Advanced Reactors Program. Prior to joining EPRI in 2016, Cristian was a technical leader for two years with TerraPower (Advanced Reactor development company located in Bellevue, WA), where he was responsible for I&C and Nuclear Island Design technology integration, system development and interfaces.
Before his TerraPower role, Cristian accumulated twelve years of nuclear engineering experience, working for two commercial nuclear vendors, Westinghouse Electric and Babcock and Wilcox (mPower project), where he was a Principal Engineer holding roles of lead core designer, core power monitoring instructor and reactor system engineer.
Dr. Talabi has 17 years’ experience in the nuclear power industry. His experience includes design, numerical computational analysis, manufacturing, installation and testing of nuclear power plant components. His experience includes serving as Risk Manager at Westinghouse Electric Company, where he was responsible for risk awareness, assessment and response for advanced reactors including AP1000 and SMR.
Dr. Talabi currently works as a Senior Consultant with Pittsburgh Technical, which provides technical consulting services to the nuclear energy industry and various firms requiring assistance with large infrastructure projects. Dr. Talabi also teaches risk management at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the following degrees from Carnegie Mellon University: MBA, PhD (Engineering and Public Policy) and MSc. (Mechanical Engineering). He received his BSc. in Engineering from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Talabi is also a certified risk manager.
Dr. Todd Allen is currently a Professor at the University of Wisconsin and a Senior Fellow at Third Way, a DC base Think Tank, supporting their Clean Energy Portfolio. He was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory from January 2013 through January 2016. Prior to INL he was a Professor in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin, a position held from September 2003 through December 2012. From March 2008-December 2012, he was concurrently the Scientific Director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at INL. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he was a Nuclear Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory-West in Idaho Falls. His Doctoral Degree is in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (1997) and his Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering is from Northwestern University (1984). Prior to graduate work, he was an officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program.
Senior Manager – Engineering Programs
True North Consulting
Ron has over 40 years in the Nuclear Power Industry: Navy and Commercial Plant Construction, Testing and Operations. He provided support/oversight for the 10-Year Interval Update for the Inservice Testing (IST) Programs for approximately 80% of the US nuclear stations, as well as some international nuclear stations (e.g., England, South Africa, and Spain).
He serves as the present Chairman of the ASME Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM) Standards Committee.
Director of HTGR Technology
Farshid Shahrokhi is the Director of HTGR Technology at AREVA Inc. He has 37 years of nuclear reactor design experience at AREVA and its predecessor companies - Framatome and Babcock and Wilcox. His specialty includes Licensing, System Engineering, Reactor Safety and Design.
Prior to AREVA he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for eight years as a Research Assistant. In the last seventeen years his focus has been on SMRs and advanced reactors.
He has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Tennessee.
Southern Nuclear Inventory Manager
Southern Nuclear Operating Company
Southern Nuclear Inventory Mgr. responsible for inventory control, warehouse processes and technical support for the Southern Nuclear Supply Chain.
Rusty has over 36 years’ experience in all phases of Inventory Management from Procurement through Warehouse Control and Inventory Auditing. Rusty was the SNC Supply Chain lead/Subject Matter Expert (SME) responsible for design input, process development, testing and training for all three of SNC’s Inventory Management System implementations as well as the implementation of the current Tool Tracking Program (ATICTS). In 1988 Rusty successfully installed the first bar-coded inventory solution for SNC at Plant Vogtle. Rusty is currently leading the SNC Radio Frequency project and the ATICTS to Maximo Tool Conversion projects acting as Project Sponsor and SME in both projects.
Chief Technological Officer
Dr. Reyes is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. He is an internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing and operations for nuclear power plants. He has served as a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical expert on passive safety systems. He is a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending in 20 countries. He has received two national awards; the 2013 Nuclear Energy Advocate Award and the 2014 American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulic Division Technical Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.