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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.

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Regulator, Association and Utility Speakers

Bradley Adams
Bradley Adams
VP Engineering
Southern Nuclear

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Southern Nuclear

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.

Joe Donahue
Joe Donahue
VP Engineering
Duke Energy
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Duke Energy

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.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox
Fleet Common Design Manager 
Duke Energy
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Duke Energy

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Brian Marrow
Innovation Hub Lead
Duke Energy
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Duke Energy

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Tony File
Manager, Generation Engineering, CMRP
Duke Energy
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Duke Energy

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Howard Nudi
Engineering Program Manager
Duke Energy
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Duke Energy

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Jason Wight
Jason Wight
Principal Technical Leader | Director of Engineering and Innovation Hub Leader
OPG
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opg

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Paul Lalovich
Paul Lalovich
Organizational Effectiveness and Business Transformation Advisor
ENEC
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ENEC

Paul Lalovich is an Organizational Effectiveness and Business Transformation Advisor with a track-record of helping organizations move their people strategy from the boardroom to the marketplace. As a change agent with a proven ability to develop forward thinking culture, Paul successfully supported rapid growth, turnaround and organizational excellence programs. He assists organizations in understanding and actively managing complex business transformations, employee productivity and total cost of the workforce, by maximizing on change management and organizational effectiveness.

In the past Paul worked extensively in the emerging markets of Europe and The Middle East for large public and private companies (du, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co, Gazprom NEFT NIS, Norconsult, Emirates Advanced Investments and Sadara Petrochemical). Prior to this, during the consulting career in Canada he worked with many companies on the Fortune’s list “100 Best Companies to Work For in America”.

Currently, Paul serves as an Organizational Effectiveness Advisor to executive management at the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation guiding leaders and their teams to make sound choices about their human capital.

Robert Austin
Robert Austin
Senior Program Manager - Plant Modernization Initiative
Electric Power Research Institute 
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epri

Robert Austin is a Senior Program Manager for the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) new Plant Modernization Initiative. Previously, he managed EPRI’s Instrumentation & Control research program as well as the Nuclear sector’s Software Development Group. He has over 20 years of technical experience, primarily in the nuclear industry. Mr. Austin joined EPRI in 2008.

Mr. Austin joined EPRI from AREVA NP Inc., where he managed a variety of engineering modification and equipment supply projects for the U.S. commercial nuclear power fleet. During his tenure with AREVA, Mr. Austin also worked for the company’s Paris office as a deputy proposal manager for new nuclear power plants in China.

Prior to AREVA, Mr. Austin acted as a lead mechanical engineer and engineering manager at Duke Engineering & Services. Mr. Austin has also worked in consulting engineering at large process chemical plants, as well as working as an engineer in the Acoustic Department at the Electric Boat Corporation in New London, CT.

Mr. Austin holds Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Florida Atlantic University where he was valedictorian of his graduating class. He also attended First Year Law at Georgetown University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history (Cum Laude) from Davidson College. Mr. Austin is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Mr. Austin is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa and an Eagle Scout. He has traveled extensively around the world and is proficient in multiple languages.

Matt Gibson
Matt Gibson
Principal Technical Leader | Nuclear I&C and Cyber Security
EPRI
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epri

Matt Gibson is a Principal Technical Leader in the Plant Technology Department at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research activities focus on cyber security, digital I&C, and human factors engineering related to existing and new build nuclear plants. Areas of research include digital I&C architectures and system reliability, human factors integration, evolving cyber security frameworks that address vulnerability mitigation, risk informed cyber security methods, and supply chain cyber security.

Gibson retired from Duke/Progress Energy after thirty one years of service in their operational fleets including roles in cyber security design, controls system design, IT management, and operational support. Career includes management and technical experience in the nuclear and fossil (coal and combustion turbine) power utility sector in the areas of digital I&C, cyber security, human factors engineering, and software quality assurance (SQA). This experience includes a broad range of design, project development, solution consulting, line management, maintenance, operational, security and integration activities.

Leadership and technical skills encompass building and leading teams, project development and management, program and policy development, technical consulting, systems development and integration, training development and delivery, incident response and root cause analysis.

Mr. Gibson is a Licensed Professional Engineer (North Carolina) and holds certifications in cyber security including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP).

Julio Rodriguez
Julio Rodriguez
Senior Researcher
INL
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INL

Mr. Julio Rodriguez has been with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) since 1984. Originally hired as an electric engineer, he is a senior researcher and is currently working with the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) on development of training materials and providing cybersecurity expertise to the international nuclear community. Mr. Rodriguez has worked with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in executing their critical infrastructure protection and resilience missions. Specifically, Mr. Rodriguez focused on DOE/DHS collaborations and implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 21, Cyber Executive Order, and National Infrastructure Implementation Plan.

Mr. Rodriguez’s responsibilities included leading the team that developed the industrial control systems security focus area at INL. Mr. Rodriguez’s achievements include in 2003 being recognized in the development of the Department of Energy National SCADA Test Bed Program and in 2004 for outstanding leadership in the development of the Control Systems Security Program at the Department of Homeland Security (now known as the Industrial Control Systems - Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)). In 2011 Mr. Rodriguez conducted the first workshop focused on threats to the Nation’s power distribution systems that included representatives from multiple government organizations and private sector organizations. In 2010 Mr. Rodriguez participated in the development of establishing the Industrial Control System Mission Support Center at INL. The Mission Support Center focuses on threat and resiliency challenges to critical infrastructure.

Jacob Benjamin
Jacob Benjamin
Nuclear Cyber Security Specialist
INL
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INL

Jacob Benjamin is a nuclear cyber security specialist within the Cybercore Integration Center at INL. He has expertise developing cyber security programs for nuclear power plants. He has performed a variety of cyber-related tasks at a number of domestic and international nuclear utilities, including cyber security assessments for critical digital assets, systems, and networks. Additionally, he has a background in computer forensics, conducting investigations, and experience implementing forensics techniques at nuclear facilities.

Jim Beardsley
Jim Beardsley
Chief, Cyber Security Branch
Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response
Division of Physical and Cyber Security Policy
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Dennis Rawlings
Manager Cyber & Information Security
STPNOC
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STPNOC

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Innovation Showcase Judges

Max Sperando
Max Sperando
Innovation Leader
Exelon Nuclear
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Exelon

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Chris Comfort
Chris Comfort
Innovation and Technology Manager
Southern Nuclear
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Southern Nuclear

Chris Comfort is the Innovation and Technology Manager for Southern Company’s Nuclear Division – Southern Nuclear. In this role Chris’ organization is leading evaluation of new technology, developing innovative solutions for improvements in nuclear power and building a culture of innovation. Chris is a nuclear engineer that has recently started working with agile development, lean startup, and human centered design thinking to expedite technology reviews and work with cross functions teams at evaluating solutions. Chris is also back in school working towards a Master’s in Computer Science to continue gaining experience in technology and innovative solutions.

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Expert Perspectives

Sree Hameed
Sree Hameed
Global Industry Leader, Power and Utilities
AVEVA
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AVEVA

Sree Hameed is currently the Global Marketing Manager for AVEVA’s software portfolio in the Power Industry. He brings over 20 years of experience helping companies transform their business using a variety of technology enablers in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Production Automation, Manufacturing Operations, and Operational Risk Management. He is also an advisor to the Center of Supply Networks at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Digital Accelerator Program at Southern Methodist University. He holds an MSc. in Information Systems and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Tony Paletta
Product Line Manager
Curtiss-Wright
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Curtiss-Wright

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James Gracely
James Gracely
Senior Project Manager
Curtiss-Wright
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Curtiss-Wright

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Conference Chairs

Bill Nowicki
Bill Nowicki
Senior Programme Manager
INPO
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GE Hitachi

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Juan F. Villarreal
Juan F. Villarreal
Managing Director
Villarreal Energy
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Villarreal Energy

Juan F. Villarreal is a technology-driven international operations and business development executive who has held leading roles in nuclear and fossil power generation and the oil and gas industries. Juan’s strategic approach, coupled with diverse personal experiences, has enabled him to move fluidly between different cultures and business climates to achieve growth for a variety of businesses in the energy sector. Juan speaks five languages and has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, North America and Asia. Juan has worked for global companies such as General Electric, Babcock & Wilcox and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). With a deep know-how about utility challenges such as work force transition, cost competitiveness, and integrating renewables into the fleet, Juan currently provides consulting services to companies seeking to digitalize operations and maintenance in response to the changing power generation landscape. ###

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Louis Thomas

Global Projects Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
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Ben Moss

Commercial Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsor

  • Avea

Silver Sponsors

  • Curtiss Wright

Bronze Sponsors

  • Framatome
  • GSE

Exhibitors

  • Avea
  • Curtiss Wright
  • Framatome
  • mirion
  • Siemens
  • Westinghouse

2018 Industry Partners

  • e4 carolinas
  • epri
  • inpo
  • Nirma

2018 Media Partners

  • PWR