The Only Place To Hear Real Insight From The Industry's Top Decision Makers
The Nuclear Digitalization Conference only brings together the best industry speakers from regulatory bodies, utility companies and innovative vendors. For 2017 the agenda will feature even more CIOs, CTOs, SVPs and Directors than ever before, meaning you’re guaranteed to get the information that really matters to your business.
Regulator, Association and Utility Speakers
SVP Organizational Effectiveness & Integrated Performance Assessment
Landahl is currently the Senior Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness and Integrated Performance Assessment for Exelon Generation, where her responsibilities include Training and Leadership Development, Fleet Assessment, Performance Improvement, and Innovation across the nuclear fleet. Landahl assumed this role after completing a 17-month assignment as a loaned executive to INPO, where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive approach to improving leadership development and organizational effectiveness across the U.S. nuclear industry. Prior to her rotation to INPO, Landahl was the chief Exelon corporate executive leading the recovery of the Fort Calhoun Station under an operating services agreement with Omaha Public Power District.
Landahl’s career spans over 30 years in the nuclear power industry. Previously, Landahl was Exelon Generation’s Chief Operating Officer for its nuclear division, where she was responsible for oversight of Exelon Generation’s fleet of 10 nuclear facilities with 17 reactors that generate more than 17,000 megawatts of electricity annually. Landahl also held the position of Exelon Generation’s Senior Vice President, Mid-west Operations, in which she had responsibility for Exelon Generation’s six mid-west nuclear operating facilities. Prior to that, she was Exelon Generation’s Senior Vice President, Operations Support. Landahl joined Exelon in 1999 as a corporate manager, providing radiation protection oversight and support to 10 operating and three decommissioned units. She became Plant Manager at LaSalle Station in 2002 and assumed the position of LaSalle Site Vice President in 2005. Prior to joining Exelon, Landahl was a senior reactor operator at the Boston Edison Company.
Landahl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/Fission Reactor Technology and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/Health Physics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Landahl received her Health Physics Certification in 1989 and earned her Senior Reactor Operator license in 1998. In 2013 she completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Landahl is a member of several professional societies, including the American Nuclear Society, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Nuclear, and the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN). She is the Chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee for the North American NAYGN. She is a former director of the Morris Hospital Foundation Board, former member of the MIT Visiting Committee for Nuclear Engineering, and an active supporter and director on the board of the Green Harvest Food Pantry in Plainfield, Ill. She and her husband David were the recipients of the Channahon ExxonMobil Community Philanthropic Award for 2011. In October 2011, Landahl was awarded a Nuclear Excellence Award by the World Association of Nuclear Operators for her relentless pursuit of excellence in the operation of nuclear power plants and for her significant contribution as a mentor and role model to others in the industry. In 2014 she received the George Hairston Visionary Leadership award from NAYGN and in 2015, Women in Nuclear awarded her the Patricia Bryant Leadership Award.
Bradley J. (Brad) Adams is Engineering Vice President, Southern Nuclear Operating Company of the Southern Company (SNC) and is a member of the SNC management council.
Brad joined SNC in 2011 after twenty-eight years with Exelon Corp. in Illinois. He began his nuclear career in 1983 as a design engineer for Commonwealth Edison’s nuclear fuel services group and progressed to design group leader. Brad transferred to Byron Station in 1995 and held managerial positions in regulatory assurance, system engineering and work management before being named Byron’s site engineering director. In 2007 Adams transferred to Quad Cities Nuclear Station as the site engineering director. He returned to Byron Station in 2008 as plant manager, a position he held until joining Southern Nuclear in 2011 as Fleet Operations Support Vice President. In December 2013 Adams assumed his current position as the SNC fleet Engineering Vice President.
Brad was co-chair of an industry working group comprised of nuclear experts who in April of 2016 submitted the report, Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Needs for Light Water Reactor (LWR) Technologies, to the Reactor Technology Subcommittee of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. He the current chairman of the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Board of Advisors; he is also executive sponsor of the EPRI Materials Reliability Program (MRP).
Brad is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nuclear Engineering. He received his NRC Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certification in 1999.
Joseph Donahue serves as vice president of nuclear engineering for Duke Energy. He is responsible for corporate and site engineering for Duke Energy’s fleet of nuclear reactors, including reactor core design, nuclear safety analysis, nuclear fuel management and procurement, systems engineering, design engineering, and engineering technical programs. Duke Energy operates 11 nuclear reactors at six nuclear sites in the Carolinas and Florida.
Donahue has 34 years of experience in the energy industry. Before assuming his current position in January 2017, Donahue served as vice president of the Edwardsport Generating Station for Duke Energy’s fossil/hydro organization. Prior to that, Donahue served as vice president of nuclear oversight for Duke Energy’s nuclear generation organization, where he led the employee concerns, assessments and quality controls, and audit functions. Before the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, he served as vice president of nuclear oversight for Progress Energy.
Donahue joined Progress Energy in 1994 as plant general manager at Harris Nuclear Plant near New Hill, N.C. From 2000 to 2009, he served as vice president of the nuclear engineering and services department, overseeing the nuclear fuels, nuclear supply chain, license renewal, fleet engineering and major projects groups. He was named vice president of nuclear oversight for Progress Energy in 2009.
Before joining Progress Energy, Donahue worked for Texas Utilities (now TXU Energy) and Arizona Public Service Company (now APS) serving in various management roles. He has held positions in nuclear plant start-up, plant operations, plant management, as well as managing large projects. He has been licensed on both Westinghouse and Combustion Engineering reactors. Donahue also spent two years, from 1998 to 2000, on assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations as a team manager.
He currently serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Materials Executive Management Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Donahue was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Massachusetts and Maine. He is married with three children.
Lead of Digitalization
Kristiina Söderholm leads digitali transformation in Fortum (energy utility in Europe). Digitalization activities cover all Fortum’s business areas, including solar, wind, hydro, nuclear and CHP production, but also other services in electricity and heat customer areas. Kristiina is also leading nuclear technology and innovation in Fortum.
Kristiina did her PhD in Small Modular Reactors licensing development and she has various publications in nuclear energy and systems engineering fields.
Director Advanced Monitoring & Diagnostic Services
Clinton Carter is the Director, POC Advanced M&D Services for Luminant. Mr. Carter is responsible for nuclear and fossil plant thermodynamic performance and oversees the Power Optimization Center, a remote monitoring and diagnostic support facility serving both the nuclear and fossil generating fleet. He has 30 years of electric utility experience, including expertise gained through a variety of positions at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, a two-unit Westinghouse pressurized water reactor located near Glen Rose, Texas, where he was a licensed Senior Reactor Operator.
A pioneer of the Industrial Internet, Mr. Carter was the original architect of one of the first and most ambitious power plant monitoring and diagnostic operations in the industry. The Power Optimization Center integrates digital technologies, analytics and the deep expertise of seasoned plant operators to deliver a highly scalable services platform. Today, the POC is recognized for having become the industry’s gold standard delivering reliability and performance improvements to those they serve.
Mr. Carter holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He also holds an M.S. in Engineering Technology from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Director Information Technology & Cyber Security
Waco began his employment with STPNOC, Inc. in January 2011. Prior to his role at STP Nuclear, Waco served as a senior leader at CenturyLink, Inc., a Fortune 200 technology and services firm with $25 Billion in annualized revenues and over 55 thousand employees world-wide. During his near 16 years at CenturyLink, he served in roles of increasing responsibility and was placed on an executive-sponsored “management fast track” program early in his career.
Just 4 years prior to his deciding to leave CenturyLink for STP, he was promoted to the Senior Director of Corporate Systems. In that role he led an organization of over 300 employees with accountability for managing over $200 million in capital and expense budgets. While doing this, he led his organization to reduce OpEx by 4% year-over-year while improving internal and external customer satisfaction and taking on additional scope to forward the company’s mission of growth through acquisition. Waco was instrumental in the development of the company’s eCommerce platform transforming the company’s customer experiences resulting in positive impacts to revenue recognition and EPS. Waco decided in late 2010 to accept a job offer from STP and relocate his family. He and his family—wife Cristy and 4 children—reside in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Upon arriving at STP, Waco was tasked by the CEO and Board of Directors to “turn around” the existing Information Technology department and to improve the value-add to the business while reducing operating costs—driving value through technological innovation. He has been successful at achieving this objective. Waco has built lasting relationships with personnel and employees at all levels in the organization from the CEO to the front-line employees in part by engaging first-hand in field operations seeking to understand existing pain points. Confidential surveys continue to indicate the company now recognizes tremendous value in IT. IT is now seen as a leader of change at STP. This has been sustained over the past 3 years. Waco has also led the return of near $3 million in hard savings and has reduced his operating budget by roughly 10% in two years while taking on additional strategic scope to move the company forward in a challenging economic market. His focus is on results and behaviors, and he believes attitudes and behaviors are as important as actual results. He serves as the IT Steering Committee Chairperson, on the Senior Management Team, and on the Leadership Training Council for the site. His motto for the organizations he leads—“Can do!”
Waco’s responsibilities have continually grown. He has taken on the responsibilities for Nuclear Records Management, Document Control, Technical Support Services and Administration. With this change in organization and increased shared-services scope his organization size and budget responsibilities nearly doubled. He now has accountabilities for roughly 100 employees and $16 to $18 million in O&M and Capital in aggregate.
Waco has served on non-profit Boards of Directors and has worked with the US Judicial System advocating for abused and neglected children. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Electric Utilities Cost Group and WiseWear, Inc. Waco has a degree in Business Administration, and in 2012 began work on his MBA. In 2014 he graduated in the top 10% of his class with his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, one of the country’s leading business schools. His focus while in the program was Finance and Strategic Management.
Division Manager for Engineering Support
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IT Supervisor Development Operations
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Snr Manager Plant Reliability
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Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
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Snr Program I&C, Cyber Security & Software Development
Electric Power Research Institute (invited)
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Director, Product Management, Asset Performance
Jim joined Bentley in 2015 as director of product management for Bentley’s AssetWise solution, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the AssetWise product line and leveraging the capabilities of AssetWise for operations and maintenance of infrastructure assets. These capabilities include support for document and record management, asset and tag management, asset reliability and integrity, and operational and predictive analytics across multiple industries.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering with a concentration in plasma physics and fusion technologies. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business administration focused on international leadership and cultural awareness.
Vice President Marketing and Sales
Since 1996, Mr. Chatlani assumed responsibility for L3 MAPPS’ Power Systems and Simulation business’ sales. Mr. Chatlani grew sales and market presence, establishing the company as the world leader in the delivery of nuclear power plant simulators. The globally envied Orchid® brand—the software that drives L3 MAPPS simulators--was also developed under Mr. Chatlani’s leadership.
He is supported by sales professionals, a proposal development team and several sales representatives globally. Mr. Chatlani also manages the company’s communication needs.
Prior to 1996, Mr. Chatlani held various positions in project management implementing both energy management and power plant simulator projects.
Mr. Chatlani holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
L3 MAPPS, based in Montreal, Canada, has over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water (CANDU) reactors.
L3 MAPPS is a part of L3 Technologies, headquartered in New York City. L3 employs more than 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.
US Nuclear Infrastructure Council
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NukePlan Suite LLC
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Curtiss Wright - Scientech
Matt Laux is a principal engineer for Curtiss-Wright’s Nuclear Real Time Plant Process Systems group and is a key contributor to Curtiss-Wright’s nuclear-ready wireless data acquisition products. Matt has more than twenty-five years’ experience designing embedded systems, control systems, and data acquisition systems for a variety of industrial, nuclear, and commercial products. He is Curtiss Wright’s lead designer for the Reactor Control Instrumentation (RCI) system replacement for the DC Cook Nuclear Plant, including controls and annunciation for the steam generator water level controller and associated systems. Further, Matt has developed control and data acquisition systems for domestic and international customers including unattended area monitors, crate assay systems, and drum assay systems.
SVP Sales and Technology
Sean Fuller is GSE Systems’ Senior Vice President of Sales & Technology. Mr. Fuller specializes in delivering value to the power industry as he has done for more than 25 years for the General Electric Company (“GE”) and affiliated companies. He joined GSE from GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a global company serving the nuclear industry where he served as the Regional Vice President of Sales for Fuel and Services and prior to that as Vice President Global Services Sales.
Mr. Fuller has led sales and operational activities for Global Nuclear Fuel Americas as the Chief Operating Officer. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical-Nuclear Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
VP Strategy & Solutions
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