Rod Adams graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in English in 1981. He convinced Admiral Rickover that he was trainable, and was accepted for nuclear power training. By October 1987, he had earned an assignment as the Chief Engineer Officer of the USS Von Steuben. While on shore duty at the Naval Academy following that assignment, he learned it was possible to combine the technical benefits of Brayton Cycle gas turbines with nuclear fission heat. He left active duty in 1993 to form Adams Atomic Engines, Inc. in a not-yet-successful attempt to commercialize that combination. Rod's blog – Atomic Insights – started off in 1995 as a paper-based marketing tool for AAE, but has become a self-sustaining publication in its own right. Rod retired from the Navy in September of 2010, and landed a job with B&W mPower™ on a team doing what he has been trying to do for almost 20 years – designing and building small modular reactors to take the advantage of atomic fission into markets where big ones will not fit.
Victoria Anderson serves as the project manager for the Nuclear Energy Institute’s SMR Licensing Task Force, which is responsible for developing and articulating industry consensus positions on generic regulatory issues associated with licensing of SMRs. Having joined NEI in 2007, she has also worked on risk informed regulation and Maintenance Rule implementation. Prior to joining NEI, she worked in safety analysis at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and actinide chemistry at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She holds degrees in nuclear engineering and political science from MIT.
Marsha Blackburn is an established, conservative, results-oriented legislator who solves problems. She was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 108th Congress where she was one of only a few newly-elected congressmen selected to serve as an assistant whip on the majority whip team and the first female in Tennessee elected in her own right to the U.S. House. Blackburn was elected State Senator in 1998, becoming the first woman to represent Tennessee's 23rd Senate District. Blackburn willingly accepts the responsibility of helping shape American fiscal policy as a member of the exclusive House Energy & Commerce Committee. For 208 years, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, has served as the principal guide for the House in matters relating to the promotion of commerce and to the public’s health and marketplace interests. The 111th Congress marks Blackburn's third consecutive term on the panel. A graduate of Mississippi State University and a small business owner, Blackburn has been actively involved in Tennessee grassroots politics and civic organizations for more than 25 years. Marsha and Chuck Blackburn have been married for thirty-two years. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel, and Chad Blackburn; and two grandsons.
Gilda J. Bocock
Gilda J. Bocock is a Customer Project Manager in U.S. Fuel Customer Operations for Westinghouse Electric Company. She has nuclear fuel contract and relationship responsibility for multiple utility customers with Westinghouse, Combustion Engineering and Babcock & Wilcox NSSS designs. Gilda began her Westinghouse career in 1981 in the Nuclear Services organization and moved to Nuclear Fuel in 1990. Gilda has worked in marketing, strategic development and project management for plants in the United States, France, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, Taiwan and the Czech Republic. Gilda received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1979 from the University of South Carolina. She has been an active participant in Westinghouse outreach programs, promoting nuclear energy, engineering and skilled manufacturing at career days, in classrooms and at teacher workshops throughout South Carolina.
Susan Brissette has over 16 years experience in the nuclear industry in Canada and abroad, and held a variety of senior communication and change leadership positions throughout her career. She is currently responsible for developing a leading practice Integrated Management System including accountability for Management of Change, Quality Assurance, Benchmarking and a variety of Document Excellence projects. A Canadian, Susan began her career in the nuclear industry in the UK in 1992, and returned to Canada in the late 1990s as part of the team that created Bruce Power where she was accountable for reputation management. Susan is an Executive Board member of Women in Nuclear Global, and has spearheaded Women in Nuclear Canada since 2004. She chaired the Organizing Committee for the highly successful 14th Annual WiN-Global Conference hosted by Canada in late May 2006, which saw some 350 delegates from almost 40 countries come together to showcase the nuclear industry in a unique way – by highlighting the women who are making a unique contribution to the leadership and advancement of nuclear and radiation technologies around the world. Susan has an Honours degree in Finance, and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Dr. Marilyn Brown
Dr. Marilyn Brown joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2006 as a Professor in the School of Public Policy. During her prior career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, she held various leadership positions managing annual research budgets of $50 to $130 million, focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric grid, and energy engineering projects. While at ORNL, she was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies. She has led several energy technology and policy scenario studies and is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. She has edited one book and two special journal issues, and she has authored more than 200 publications. Her work has had significant visibility in the policy arena as evidenced by her numerous high-level briefings and testimonies before Committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate. Dr. Brown co-founded and chaired the board of directors of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for several years. She also served on the boards of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the Alliance to Save Energy and was a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy for many years. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a member of the National Academies’ Board of Energy and Environmental Systems and two National Academies’ committees (America’s Energy Future and America’s Climate Choices).
Jim Carter is a former U.S. navy nuclear submarine officer and corporate executive with degrees in engineering, business and law. He has extensive management and consulting experience in a broad range of nuclear power activities. Mr. Carter was Vice President for several Architect/Engineering firms. He managed all mechanical aspects of the Salem Unit 1 construction completion and startup. He was construction completion and startup manager for the Hope Creek Nuclear Station and for Nine Mile Point Unit 2. As a consultant, Mr. Carter advises clients on risk management, operational due diligence, cost reduction, project management process and organization, contract development, contract administration and other matters. He has also supported clients in regulatory prudence reviews and civil litigation. Currently, Mr. Carter is the Managing Director of Michael Kenwood Nuclear Energy, a firm engaged in nuclear power consulting, direct investing in nuclear technology and the development of the worldwide nuclear power industry. The Michael Kenwood Group is a major investor in NuScale Power, Inc. which is developing a scalable small modular reactor. Mr. Carter serves on the NuScale Board of Directors.
Jeffrey A. Chapman
Jeffrey A. Chapman is the team lead for the Safeguards Security & Technology Group’s NonDestructive Assay Department. This department develops and deploys nuclear instrumentation to detect special nuclear materials such as fissionable uranium-235 or plutonium-239. These technologies are used by nuclear facilities to declare their inventory of SNM to the IAEA, by IAEA inspectors for verifying compliance, and by law enforcement personnel whose desire it is to interdict these materials. Jeff has been in this line of work for nearly 30 years, having worked at ORNL for 15 years, and other DOE subcontractors in California, Florida, and Connecticut. He has taught material detection and measurement courses at ORNL, LANL, LLNL, Yale, and UTK. He moved his family from Oak Ridge to Connecticut to support immediate homeland security needs in New York post 9-11. He attended college at Birmingham Southern, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Tennessee. He served on the board for Professional Nuclear Engineers and the Part 2 Board for the American Academy of Health Physicists. He is currently chair of the American Nuclear Society local Oak Ridge/Knoxville area.
Julie Cookson is senior vice president of human resources at Scripps Networks, where she oversees the human resources efforts for the company’s six cable networks – HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country (GAC). Julie began her career at Scripps Networks in 1994 as director of administration for HGTV. She was then tapped by Ken Lowe, former president/CEO of Scripps Networks, to develop and set up the company’s HR department, and its associated functions, in 1998. Her successes vaulted her up the ladder to director, then vice president and now senior vice president of human resources for the company. Julie launched her media career with Whittle Communications in 1988, working for two years in administration in both the Marketing and International Development departments. In 1990 she joined The Edison Project, a for-profit school management venture, working as the liaison to two of the Founding Partners during its development. She then returned to Whittle Communications and spent time in the company’s Public Affairs/Communications department. Julie’s previous legal experience includes administrative responsibilities with several law firms in Tennessee and North Carolina, as well as assignments with the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1986-87. Julie studied human resources development and business at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She serves on the boards of the Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA) and The Emma Bowen Foundation, and is an advisor to the M. Lee Smith Publishing Company. Julie and her husband, Ken, reside in Seymour, Tennessee.
Shaheen Azim Dewji
Shaheen Azim Dewji is a Ph.D. candidate in the Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, having studied at both the Atlanta, GA and Metz, France campuses. She received her B.Sc. in Physics from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and has participated in the Education Abroad Program at UC-Berkeley. She completed a Masters in Nuclear Engineering in 2009 at Georgia Tech in assaying internal contamination using handheld radiation detectors in the event of a radiological dispersion device for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2008-2009, Dewji was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Sam Nunn Security Program at Georgia Tech and has been pursuing her interests in safeguards applications and nuclear security policy. She is currently interning at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the NESLS/NGSI program, collaborating on safeguards research on integrated simulation and radiation detection methods for natural uranium conversion facilities.
Michael Ehinger has been working in the areas of Safeguards and Nuclear Non-Proliferation for 40 years, much of the time in production environments with broad international experience. Throughout the years he has held a number of technical and management positions in programs related to fuel cycle safeguards and operations. He spent six years at the IAEA working on safeguards for the Japanese reprocessing Plant. Over the years he has done work with most of the reprocessing facilities throughout the world. He started his career at the West Valley Reprocessing plant while it was operating as the world’s first commercial facility. He was involved with the Barnwell facility before it was finally closed in 1983. He is currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Senior Program Development Manager doing work principally in the area of fuel cycle and International Safeguards.
Mary English is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a social scientist whose work has focused on energy and environmental policy, and has included research on mechanisms for involving stakeholders in public policy decisions, how "the community" should be defined within the context of community-based environmental efforts, information-gathering and analytic tools to improve environmental decision making, and guidance on conducting socioeconomic impact assessments. She previously served on the National Research Council’s Board on Radioactive Management, as well as its Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in American literature from Brown University.
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Lightbridge Corporation, a company that holds patents on a new type of nuclear power fuel based on thorium and which is located in McLean, Virginia. In 2010, Ambassador Graham was appointed to the United Arab Emirates' International Advisory Board, helping to guide that country's nuclear energy program and hold it to the highest standards of safety, security, and non-proliferation. He is also internationally known as one of the leading authorities in the field of international arms control and non-proliferation agreements designed to limit and to combat the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Ambassador Graham served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement in which the United States was involved during the period 1970-1997. In 1993, Ambassador Graham served as the Acting Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and for seven months in 1994 served as the Acting Deputy Director. From 1994 through 1997, he served as the Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament, appointed by President Clinton and in this capacity led U.S. government efforts to achieve the permanent extension of the NPT in 1994 and 1995. He also served for 15 years as the general counsel of ACDA. Ambassador Graham received an A.B. in 1955 from Princeton University and a J.D. in 1961 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Kentucky, District of Columbia and New York Bars, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dyrk Greenhalgh, PMP, PSP is a Vulnerability Assessment Team Lead at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Threat Reduction Project Engineer supporting NA-21 radiological source security upgrades, Second Line of Defense (SLD) programs, and physical security engineering activities in the U.S. and abroad. Dyrk holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Security Engineering from Arizona State University. Dyrk is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a Physical Security Professional from ASIS International. In his previous position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he served as the Team Leader of Safeguard Systems Security. Dyrk has been a member of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Independent Oversight Team, a member of the DOE National Training Center curriculum revision committee, and the ASIS International CPP certification revision committee. Research areas include advanced intrusion detection sensors, explosives detection and blast effects modeling, Alarm Communication and Display (AC&D) systems, and vulnerability assessment methodology. Dyrk is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Cornelius Dale Greer
Cornelius Dale Greer earned a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1993. Mr. Greer has approximately 18 years experience in the nuclear utility industry. Most recently, he worked as a Reactor Engineering Manager at the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, and as a Program Manager in Nuclear Safety Analysis at the TVA corporate office in Chattanooga. He also spent several years working for various firms in Oak Ridge, at one point working for the Architecture and Engineering firm responsible for building the Spallation Neutron Source Project. He currently resides in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and three children.
Dr. Howard L. Hall
Dr. Howard L. Hall joined the University of Tennessee in 2009. He is appointed as the UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Security, and serves as Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Center For Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Professor Hall is also a Senior Fellow in Global Security Policy at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he is Director of the Baker Center’s Global Security Programs. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989. His B.S. in Chemistry was granted by the College of Charleston in 1985. Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hall spent more than 20 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, where he led major scientific and operational missions in nuclear and homeland security. During his tenure at LLNL, Dr. Hall led efforts supporting U.S. Government programs in aviation safety and security, nuclear threat detection and nuclear emergency response, security of commerce, and specialized technology support to operational entities. In 2005, Dr. Hall was part of the team awarded the Department of Homeland Security/Science and Technology Directorate Undersecretary’s Award for Science. Dr. Hall is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.
Nolan Henrich is General Manager, Process Computer Engineering, Operation Support and Fleet Governance for TVA. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He is the nuclear power software quality assurance program manager, as well as the program manager for the TVA Nuclear Power Group cyber security program. In his current role, Mr. Henrich has responsibility for the governance and oversight of cyber security program implementation for TVA’s nuclear and fossil generating fleet. He has 38 years of experience at TVA, is a certified Project Management Professional, and has completed the Browns Ferry BWR SRO management equivalency training program.
Daniel F. Hollenbach
Daniel F. Hollenbach is currently a criticality engineer for Spectra Tech. He received a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University in 1982, M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington in 1983, and Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1992. He worked for the Nuclear Regulator Commission as a Reactor Inspector and for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He has been a nuclear engineering code developer for 15 years and worked on projects involving advanced fuel concepts for reactors and backscatter X‐ray imaging.
Dr. Daniel Ingersoll
Dr. Daniel Ingersoll is a Senior Program Manager for the Nuclear Technology Programs Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He currently serves as national technical leader for the anticipated DOE/NE Small Modular Reactor program and has participated in several previous advanced reactor programs, including the Advanced High Temperature Reactor project, the International Reactor Innovative and Secure project, the Space Reactor Technology program, the Advanced Liquid-Metal Reactor program, and the High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor program. During his 33 years at ORNL, he also has led several ORNL research groups conducting radiation transport modeling and reactor physics analysis. Dr. Ingersoll received a B.S. degree in Physics from Miami University in 1973 and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1977. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and Past Chairman of the ANS Radiation Protection and Shielding Division.
Gregory P. Kessler
Gregory P. Kessler received a B.S. degree in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2009. Greg has worked for AREVA since 2007 and is currently the Manager of Fuel Reliability. Prior to coming to AREVA, he was a Nuclear Fuel Engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Bernadette Kirk is the director of the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) and Group Leader of the Nuclear Computational Information in the Nuclear Science and Technology Division (NSTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA. Kirk’s research experience covers radiation transport using both Monte Carlo and discrete ordinates method and neutron diffusion theory. Within RSICC, Kirk initiated the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) in 2002, an internship program for students and faculty with a concentration on nuclear science fields. Kirk is an active participant in the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative’s Human Capital Development program. Kirk is a member of the American Nuclear Society, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Institute of Nuclear Material Management, Society of Women Engineers and Women In Nuclear.
Shelly Hunt Lohmann
Shelly Hunt Lohmann leads the University and Fellowship Recruiting Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Lohmann joined the Laboratory in October of 2005, and in addition to her responsibilities for university and fellowship recruiting, also serves as the Talent Acquisition Manager for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, a jointly managed effort between ORNL and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to engage graduate students in energy research. Prior to joining ORNL, her previous roles include a 12 year tenure in Human Resources/Recruiting and Operations Management with a national 200+ unit restaurant chain and two years as the Staffing and Recruitment Coordinator for Baptist Healthcare System, now part of Mercy Health Partners.
Mick Mastilovic is a Program Manager of Nuclear Fuel Supply with TVA. Mick has about 20-years of experience covering the entire nuclear fuel cycle. Before coming to TVA, Mick worked as Vice President of Operations for Virginia Uranium, a uranium mining start-up company that is working to bring one of the largest undeveloped uranium deposits in the U.S. into production. He was Director of Production Operations and Senior Manager of Marketing and Sales with USEC, a uranium enrichment company and used fuel cask provider. Mick has power development experience with PSEG Global/Power, the independent power producing subsidiary of a large east coast utility. Mick’s career started as an engineer with AREVA, a provider of nuclear services. Mick graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a major in Economics. He holds a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. Mick is a Registered Professional Engineer (Virginia).
Kim E. Maza
Kim E. Maza is Vice President, Analysis for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia. INPO, sponsored by the nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability ¾ to promote excellence ¾ in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants. Ms. Maza attained the vice presidency in October 2009. In this position, she is responsible for Events Analysis, Industry Analysis, and Data Management. She is also an exit representative for plant evaluations. Previous positions include Director, Assistance-Special Focus; Deputy Director, Plant Evaluations; Manager, Evaluations; and Team Manager for plant evaluations. Before joining INPO in 1996, she was with Hope Creek Generating Station for 13 years, and received senior reactor operator certification. A graduate of Ohio State University, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.
Laura Paddock is a Tennessee native, and has been in the recruiting field for 13 years. She joined TVA in 2009 as the Sr. Program Manager of Nuclear Recruiting, and has since been promoted as the Manager of Talent Acquisition for all of TVA. She is passionate about a diversified workforce, and speaks at numerous conferences on the topic. She is a current resident of Signal Mountain where she lives with her three children, and works in TVA’s downtown Chattanooga office.
Dr. Adam Rondinone
Dr. Adam Rondinone is a staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and was also a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. He joined the Alexander staff on assignment from ORNL in 2008 and worked to develop climate, energy and science policy. His scientific expertise comprises nanotechnology, neutron scattering and materials chemistry, and he has worked on diverse issues such as targeted radiotherapy and passive radiation detection using nanotechnology. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has won numerous awards including an R&D 100 and Office of Science Outstanding Mentor.
Andrea L. Sterdis
Andrea L. Sterdis is the Senior Manager of Strategic Nuclear Expansion for the TVA Nuclear Generation Development and Construction organization. Ms. Sterdis is responsible for managing activities associated with TVA’s strategic nuclear projects, and is the Project Director for the mPower™ SMR industry. She also directed the TVA Bellefonte Nuclear Plant efforts to transition the Units 1 and 2 Construction Permits to deferred status. Ms. Sterdis has over 29 years of experience in the nuclear industry with background in engineering, environmental assessments, licensing and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining TVA, she held the position of AP1000 Licensing Manager for Westinghouse Electric Company. She holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Preston Swafford is currently Chief Nuclear Officer and Executive Vice President of TVA’s Nuclear Power Group. He is responsible for managing the nuclear fleet and providing a stable base load of power from six nuclear operating units at TVA’s Browns Ferry, Sequoyah and Watts Bar plants. He is also responsible for power production, nuclear power plant operations, plant modification, all nuclear support services, and all nuclear engineering activities, as well as ensuring compliance with nuclear regulatory commission requirements. Swafford joined TVA in May 2006 as Senior Vice President of TVA Nuclear Support, and held key roles in nuclear operations, filling in as TVA’s Chief Nuclear Officer in early spring 2007 and overseeing Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants in 2006. Swafford’s responsibilities in TVA Nuclear Support included directing engineering and technical services, nuclear assurance and licensing, emergency services, project management, outage and scheduling, business services, process methods, nuclear security, and other areas. In July of 2007, Preston was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Fossil Power Group, where he was responsible for business, engineering and operation of 59 operating units at 11 fossil plant sites across the Tennessee valley area, accounting for more than 60 percent of TVA power generation. He was also responsible for 87 peaking combustion turbines, six combined cycle units and 13 diesel generators for emergency back-up power for a total generating capacity of 7134 megawatts. The combined total power of fossil and combustion turbines was more than 22000 megawatts. Swafford has 25 years of experience in the fossil and nuclear industry. Before joining TVA, he spent more than 10 years with Exelon, where his most recent position was Senior Vice President of Exelon Energy Delivery, with accountability for all aspects of technical services. He previously served as Exelon’s Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery Operations, directing all daily operations for the transmission and distribution system of PECO and ComEd, and before that as Maintenance Superintendent, Station Manager, and Site Vice President for Dresden Units 2 and 3. Swafford currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bruce Power. In his role as a director, he also serves on the Nuclear Safety Review Board. Prior to joining Exelon, Swafford held various positions, including Radiation Protection Manager and Maintenance Manager for Niagara Mohawk. Swafford holds a B.S. in chemistry from Truman State University and an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri. He is certified as a Senior Reactor Operator for boiling water reactors.
Dr. Timothy Valentine
Dr. Timothy Valentine manages a group of scientists and engineers that utilize their expertise in theory, modeling and experimentation to analyze the security impacts associated with the production, processing, diversion and detonation of nuclear material. The group is principally involved in nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards and forensics as well as applied nuclear physics. Timothy assumed this position in October 2010 after returning from a one-year assignment as the science and nuclear policy fellow on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On the committee he focused on developing science and nuclear legislation as well as supporting the committee hearings on climate change, energy technologies, and nuclear technology. Up until September 2009, he was the Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for the Energy & Engineering Sciences (EES) Directorate of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Valentine joined ORNL in 1995 conducting research on nuclear safety and nuclear nonproliferation. He was the principal investigator on nuclear safety experiments and validation for research reactor fuel and was the principal investigator for development of technologies to verify dismantlement of nuclear weapons. In 2000, Dr. Valentine became a senior research engineer conducting nuclear physics experiments at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator and was the program manager of ORNL’s nuclear data program. From 2003 until 2005, Dr. Valentine was the science and nuclear policy advisor for Senator Alexander of Tennessee and for Senator Bingaman of New Mexico. Dr. Valentine was responsible for developing legislation on science and energy policy, staffing hearings on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and creating and staffing the Senate Science and Technology Caucus. From 2005 until 2007, Dr. Valentine served as a senior advisor to ORNL’s leadership team on matters of science and energy policy and served as ORNL’s Program Director for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.