Check out who spoke in 2017 below
The Nuclear Digitalization Conference only brings together the best industry speakers from regulatory bodies, utility companies and innovative vendors. For 2018 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.
General Manager Corporate Services
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
Marek Derewonko is Division Manager of Engineering at Bruce Power. As division manager, Marek is responsible for the design engineering and configuration management function of the entire Bruce Power site.
Marek joined Bruce Power in 2009 as a I&C design engineer and progressed to becoming the section manager of the group. Marek became the department manager of engineering project controls in 2013 and most recently to manager of the Engineering Support Division.
Marek was co-chair of the working group that compromised of nuclear experts who in 2015 issue the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) N290.14 Qualification of digital hardware and software for use in instrumentation and control applications for nuclear power plants.
Marek is a graduated of Ryerson University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he earned a Master’s Degree in Power Engineering.
Section Manager Plant Design - Instrumentation and Control
Electrical Engineer with over 27 years of combined experience in Project Management, Design Engineering, Station Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations. Experience acquired through a career in both Nuclear and Fossil Utilities. Primary focus has been on Design and Project Manager responsibilities for a number of complex Digital and Neutronic upgrade projects throughout Bruce Power’s Life Extension efforts.
Manager, Control and Instrumentation
Candu Energy - SNC-Lavalin
Over 27 years in Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Design and Operations support. Responsible for I&C on new build projects, refurbishment, and engineering services projects for the nuclear industry. Recent I&C projects have included digital upgrade solutions, reverse engineering of obsolete components in analog and FPGA based solutions, and qualification of new I&C replacements components.
IT Supervisor Development Operations
Janice oversees the application development & software integrations at Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear site. She also serves on the NIRMA Board of Directors. NIRMA.org is the leading organization in nuclear information & records management guidance, as well as the industry ANSI/NIRMA standard for configuration management. With over 30 years of experience, Janice manages Callaway's information & configuration management enterprise solution of nearly 10 million nuclear quality records & documents maintained per Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements as well as the configuration of plant assets.
Snr Manager Plant Reliability
Sorin Marinescu holds the position of Senior Manager of Asset management, equipment reliability and plant monitoring for OPG Corporate part of engineering organisation .Sorin has 32 years in the Nuclear Business, 17 years for Ontario Power Generation and the rest in Europe and other Nuclear business related utilities. Sorin area of expertise and experience relates to Equipment reliability, Reactor Engineering and inspection, Project management, Aging and Life cycle management as well as monitoring and Diagnostics for Plant Monitoring and diagnostics. He is presently leading the organisation to implement, integrate and optimise Asset management, Equipment reliability, Plant monitoring and use digital technologies for a Monitoring and Diagnostics center to support the above
Snr Program Manager I&C, Cyber Security & Software Development
Electric Power Research Institute
Rob Austin is a Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute. He leads EPRI’s research programs in nuclear instrumentation & controls, plant monitoring, cyber security and software development. He has been at EPRI for 9-years. Prior to EPRI he worked for AREVA. You can learn more about Rob at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-eugene-austin-iii-5908ba73/ .
Principal Technical Leader | Nuclear I&C and Cyber Security
Matt Gibson is a Principal Technical Leader in the Plant Technology Department at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Matt had over 30 years of Utility experience before coming to EPRI in 2013. His current research activities focus on digital systems engineering, cyber security, and human factors engineering related to existing and new build nuclear plants. Areas of research include digital I&C architectures, system reliability, functional safety, risk based engineering processes, human factors integration, evolving cyber security frameworks that address exploit mitigation, risk informed cyber security methods, and supply chain cyber security.
Manager Plant Operations
Tim Tovar, Manager Plant Operations, joined NuScale Power in 2012. In his current position, he is responsible for Operations and Human Factors Engineering programs including the NuScale Control Room Simulator.
Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Tovar served as Fleet Outage Manager at FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) for three years responsible for refueling and maintenance outages at Davis-Besse, Perry, and Beaver Valley nuclear plants.
Before joining FENOC, Mr. Tovar worked at Robinson Nuclear Plant for 14 years where he earned his senior reactor operator license and held the positions of Shift Manager, Radiation Protection Manager and Operations Manager. Mr. Tovar has 30 years’ experience in the nuclear power industry including seven years of service as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Tovar holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
CIO and Chief Digital Officer
Mona Badie, a 13-year GE veteran, is Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer for GE Hitachi Nuclear. GEH is a $1B business based in Wilmington, with more than 3,000 professionals serving customers around the globe. In this role, which she assumed in August 2015, Mona is responsible for all Information Technology systems and processes as well as Commercial Software, including the Industrial Internet efforts.
Other leadership roles for Mona since joining GE in 2004 include Executive IT Leader for Enterprise Analytics and Executive IT Leader for Leasing Originations at GE Capital.
Prior to GE, Mona held various leadership positions at Fitch Risk and Polaroid.
Mona earned her Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and her Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt.
Mona is married with two children. She resides in Wilmington with her husband.
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
Vince Gilbert is a leading process management consultant with over 40 years’ experience in the nuclear industry. He currently provides nuclear consulting expertise to utilities, governments, regulators, trade associations and suppliers. His work experience includes strategic consulting, information technology systems, nuclear economics and benchmarking, supply chain development and advanced manufacturing. He has commercial nuclear experience in both reactor operations and reactor accident recovery/decommissioning. He has also served five years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service.
At the Nuclear Energy Institute he was responsible for planning and conduct of numerous industry-wide benchmarking studies as well as development and maintenance of the NEI/EUCG Standard Nuclear Performance Model (SNPM) between 1997 and he completed 23 process benchmarking projects involving virtually all aspects of O&M nuclear business. He also chartered all ten nuclear Communities of Practice (CoP) and served as a Top Industry Awards judge for five years.
For the past seven years he has worked to support Small Modular and Advanced Reactor development programs and has currently served for the past three years as a Senior Fellow for the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Working Group. In this capacity the M&SC WG has completed a project for SMR Supply Chain Mapping and a second project for SMR/AR Advanced Manufacturing.
Education and Certification:
BS, U. S. Naval Academy, 1973
BWR Licensed Senior Reactor Operator (1989-1996, PECO Nuclear/Peach Bottom)
MBA, Eastern University, 1997
Certified Knowledge Manager - International Knowledge Management Institute, 2007
Subject Matter Expert-International Atomic Energy Agency (1997-Present)
Director, Association of Internal Management Consultants (2000- 2013)
Member-American Nuclear Society (1984-present)
Member, Executive Committee, ANS Operations and Power Division (2009-present) and Division Chair (2017-2018).
Member ANS President’s Special Committee for SMRs (2009-2012)
Corporate Member – Nuclear Energy Institute (2007-present)
Member – Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) (2007-present)
KM Advisory Board for KMI Washington, DC Area Users Group (2009-2012)
NukePlan Suite LLC
Mr. Watson has over 35 years of successful nuclear electrical and I&C design, construction and testing experience, leading and developing multi-disciplined teams of technical specialists on complex and first-of-a-kind projects. Project successes have been based on applying small business principles that promote high impact team approaches to solve process and performance issues and deliver high quality deliverables. As part of construction completion and testing at WBN2, he led teams of planners, field engineers and test personnel through construction, component testing and supported system start-up testing. These teams provided trouble-shooting support and field correction during all phases. In many other projects over the years, he has been responsible for various aspects of licensing, design and implementation of control room modifications and digital and new technology upgrades for all Browns Ferry Recoveries, Pickering Nuclear Recoveries and numerous other operating nukes.
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
Lee has worked in the nuclear utility and research sectors for over 40 years (2 years at Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, 26 years at Florida Power and Light’s St. Lucie nuclear plant, and 8 years in EPRI’s Nuclear Maintenance Application Center, functioning as an engineer, supervisor, manager and director supporting construction, engineering, operations and maintenance.
While working for EPRI in 2012, Lee initiated and performed research for the electronic Work Package (eWP) project and published the first EPRI technical report on this subject. Lee joined DataGlance in September of 2013 as Vice President of Strategy and Solutions to bring the theories of work package mobile technology to market from an end users perspective.
In August of 2015, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) presented Lee with the “2015 Utility Leadership Award” in recognition of his leading role in the development, promotion, design and implementation of electronic work packages.
Lee has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida, was a certified Shift Technical Advisor (STA) and Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) and has a MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology
Section Manager for Computer Design and Human Factors
Amec Foster Wheeler
Divyang K. Masrani has over eleven (11) of nuclear industry experience working on engineering and risk analysis project for Nuclear Power Plants in Ontario. He is presently the Section Manager for Computer Design and Human Factors at Amec Foster Wheeler’s office in Toronto where the team is involved in integration of various digital devices into existing system as replacement of obsolete analogue components. These include digital protective relays and replacement of analogue controller with configurable digital controllers and PLCs. He has hands-on experience in designing real-time processing systems with applications in power analysis (load flow solver) for the power grid and image progressing on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) during his academic years.
UKM Management Consulting Inc
Ujjal is an expert in Nuclear Digitalization and Obsolescence. His career spans over 35 years. His nuclear career began with the design of Pickering B Nuclear (CANDU) Station in Ontario Hydro, Ontario, Canada. Name changed to: Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 1999. He introduced microprocessor based technology first time in the nuclear industry in a safety related application in Pickering A Station for ECIS system. Similar implementations were made for Powerhouse Emergency Venting for Pickering A and B Stations. He pioneered development of Digital Trip Meter at the time the nuclear industry would not venture using software in reactor trip system. However, the development opened up new ways of using digital technology in the nuclear safety system applications. Ujjal’s team was awarded “New Technology Award” by Ontario Hydro in 1995.
Ujjal joined CANDU Owners Group (COG) after leaving OPG and became a founding member of Nuclear Utility Obsolescence Group (NUOG). He used Digitalization as a means of resolving obsolescence problems in the nuclear industry. Ujjal authored several papers on mitigation of obsolescence and digital applications in the nuclear industry. Ujjal is a director of UKM Management Consulting Inc.
Company Website: www.obsolescence-digitalization.com
KISMET Consulting Inc.
Eugene is a Principal of KISMET Consulting, Inc., having over 34 years of experience, much of it in the nuclear power industry. Major accomplishments include directing large-scale assessment, system implementation, and process re-engineering efforts for government agencies, electric utilities, and Fortune 500 companies. Eugene has a B.S., Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S., Industrial Engineering from Penn State. Before joining KISMET Consulting, he worked at Entergy Corporation, Stone & Webster Engineering, The Granite Group, and Procter & Gamble. Eugene served for two years on the NIRMA Board of Directors and served as President of the Association. Eugene has provided presentations at NIRMA conferences, co-authored several guidance and position papers, and has published articles in the NIRMA Newsletter. He is a recipient of the NIRMA’s Hans Ebner Memorial Award and was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the Association.
VP Business Development
As VP of Business Development for McLaren Software, the Engineering Information Management division of the Idox group, Tim Fleet drives key partnerships and entry into emerging markets. A wellknown nuclear industry expert and frequent speaker at conferences, Tim joined McLaren Software in 2011 from the Sword Group during their merge. At Sword, Tim led the design of a new software solution for the Engineering market, doubling the size of the US business. Prior to that, Tim was at the Cimage Corporation HQ, where he was instrumental in designing the initial products and successfully architected the transition of the product to a highly competitive Document Management platform.
Greg Allan is the Technical Director for CM Technologies Corporation and worked in the nuclear power industry for 25+ years. For the past two years, Greg has served as the principal investigator for a wireless communication project funded by the US Department of Energy.
Greg has a broad background in electrical testing and troubleshooting of sensors, cables, and systems installed in nuclear power plants, submarines, and commercial/military aircraft. His experience has ranged from testing cables laying in the Tongue of the Ocean to helping NASA resolve a fuel sensor issue on space shuttle mission STS 122.
In 1985, he received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University. In 1990, he received a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University. He currently lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Cyber Security Lead
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Mr. Zimmerman has 27 years of IT and Cyber Security experience and is a Principal Technical Advisor at Concurrent Technologies Corporation in Johnstown, PA. He is a seasoned business professional with specialized expertise in cyber security, cloud computing, identity management/federation and systems engineering.
Mr. Zimmerman's education includes a BS in Management Information Systems and AS in Electronic/Computer Technology. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP).
Electrical/I&C Discipline Manager
Hector’s work experience is concentrated in Electrical and Instrumentation & Controls design and implementation. His project experience includes new system design, retrofit installation design, system assessment studies and work cost estimating.
Hector has been involved in power generation refurbishment/upgrade projects at nuclear stations - Bruce Power, Pickering and Darlington. His main duties have included assembling Engineering Design Packages, generating technical documents, aiding and leading the design of new systems as well as integrating new technologies into existing systems.
Hector has provided Electrical/I&C design, installation and commissioning support for construction projects such as Reactor Vault instrumentation installations, Turbine instrumentation upgrades, HVAC system installations, Fire Detection system upgrades, Plant Control modifications, Security systems modifications and Power systems modifications.
Chuck Patel brings over 25 years of experience and specialization in deploying enterprise software solutions for his customers. He started his career in 1989 at Sales Technologies, the pioneer in enterprise sales force automation systems catering to the largest pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies in the world.
Over the years he has worked closely with companies like Johnson and Johnson, FedEx, Electric Power Research Institute, Arizona Public Service, Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi and Gulfstream Aerospace by selling and implementing custom as well as commercially available CRM systems focused on increasing sales performance and improving management performance via Business Intelligence.
In 1996, Mr. Patel was one of the Founders of Global Technology Partners (GTP) in Atlanta, GA. GTP was a leading CRM consultancy focused on mid market CRM solutions. From 2000 to 2005, Chuck was with Sage Software with responsibility for sales in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for the flagship Sage CRM solution known as SalesLogix.
In 2006, Mr. Patel joined CHAMPS Software (Crystal River, FL) and created CHAMPS Analytics as a subsidiary focusing on selling and implementing industry leading Business Intelligence applications that glean data from various and complex CMMS, ERP systems and other operational data sources that allow management to make better and faster decisions in today’s competitive global economy. In a nutshell, Mr. Patel helps unlock the millions of dollars of great ideas that are buried in his client’s data.
Over the past 11 years, Mr. Patel has helped over 200 of his customers make hundreds of millions of dollars of business decisions that drive bottom line impact and competitive advantage.
Mr. Patel received a Bachelor of Science degree Management Science / Operations Research, cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology.