Annie B. Kersting
Annie Kersting is director of University Relations and Science Education at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She oversees a broad range of educational science and technology programs and initiatives that advance the mission and vision of the Laboratory. She works with the Laboratory’s senior leadership to develop and execute strategies, build strategic partnerships and foster collaborative research and education initiatives to ensure a workforce pipeline of top-tier science and technology talent. Dr. Kersting’s research interests include the fields of radiochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and environmental chemistry. She manages an active research group in environmental radiochemistry focused on understanding the bio-geo-chemical processes that control actinide (U, Pu, Np, Am) transport in the environment. In particular, she is interested in identifying the processes that control actinide interactions on the molecular scale with inorganic, organic, microbial surfaces in the presence of water with the goal to reliably predict and control the cycling and mobility of actinides in the environment. Dr. Kersting previously served as the Director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, where she focused on collaborative research between LLNL and the academic community in nuclear forensics, super heavy element discovery and environmental radiochemistry. Dr. Kersting was a board member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, National Research Council 2010-2014, and a committee member on the National Academy Sciences National Research Council, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board Committee from 2006-2007. She served on the Environmental Management Sciences Program Review Panel of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science in 2006, and served as a scientific advisor on the Actinide Migration Committee for Rocky Flats from 2000-2003. She serves as an associate editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta since 2013. In 2016, she was awarded the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society for excellence in chemistry, leadership and service. In 2017, she was awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for contributions to the Department and the nation for serving on the technical Assessment Team. She holds a BS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS and PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at LLNL from 1992-1995.
M. David Maloney
M. David Maloney is a Technology Fellow, Emeritus, at Jacobs Engineering Group (formerly CH2M), Aerospace-Technology-Environment-Nuclear business line. At Rocky Flats and Hanford, both plutonium mission sites, he partnered with the DOE EM Science and Technology Program to create a risk/cost-shared approach that became a model and a Congressional Line Item for the weapons complex that saved over $350M. This work involved waste material conditioning/treatment, packaging, assay, certification, and shipping to other sites for future processing and to WIPP for disposal. Dr. Maloney participated in workshops on Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) models for the US HLW repository and on UK RWMD waste form/package/near-geoenvironment integration for the UK HLW/ILW repository. He also managed a 5-year NNSA Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention project with the Russian Academy of Sciences and the PA Mayak production and storage site investigating ceramics for waste form and cask applications. For 2 years he served as assistant to the general manager, Energy and Environment Programs, at Argonne National Laboratory where he focused on technology transfer to industry. He has participated in several National Academies of Science study panels from 1997 to date supporting DOE EM and NNSA inquiries. Dr. Maloney has a PhD in Physics from Brown University. His research associate work was at the Institute for Experimental Nuclear Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Kernforschungszentrum, Germany.
S. Andrew Orrell
Andrew Orrell is the section head for Waste and Environmental Safety at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he is responsible for the development and promulgation of internationally accepted standards, requirements and guides for the safe management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, decommissioning, remediation and environmental monitoring. In addition, Mr. Orrell oversees the planning and execution of support to the IAEA Member States for the implementation of the IAEA Safety Standards, and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. Prior to joining the IAEA, Mr. Orrell was the director of Nuclear Energy Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, where he was responsible for laboratory development initiatives involving all facets of the nuclear fuel cycle. He provided executive leadership for Sandia's Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems program, managing the completion of the post-closure performance assessment and safety case for a license to construct the nation's first geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. Prior to working on Yucca Mountain, he managed site characterization programs for a deep geologic repository for transuranic waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and developed transportation optimizations for the National Transuranic Waste Management program. With over 25 years of professional experience in nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management for the U.S. and several international programs, Mr. Orrell is versed in the complex interdependencies between nuclear energy development, waste management, decommissioning, remediation and disposal. Mr. Orrell routinely advises government and industry leaders on the technical and policy implications for radioactive waste management, including repository development and licensing, national policy development and regulation, site characterization and safety case. development, storage, transportation, and the securing of public confidence.
William C. Ostendorff
William C. Ostendorff (U.S. Navy-retired) joined the Naval Academy’s Political Science Department as the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security in August 2016. In the fall of 2016, he taught a senior seminar in nuclear weapons and US national security. In the spring of 2017, he taught a seminar Congress and National Security Decision Making, and a seminar course, Nuclear Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy. Captain Ostendorff has been confirmed by the US Senate on three occasions to serve in senior administration posts in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He served as Principal Deputy Administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the Bush Administration (2007-2009) and as a Commissioner at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, 2010-2016) in the Obama Administration prior to joining the Naval Academy faculty. At the NRC, Commissioner Ostendorff was a strong proponent of regulatory technical competence. He was considered by many to be a key leader on the Commission in the areas of post-Fukushima regulatory decision-making and in both physical and cyber security of commercial nuclear facilities. During his over six years as a Commissioner, he testified before Congress on twenty-six occasions and gave over 180 speeches in the United States and abroad on nuclear safety and security. At NNSA, Captain Ostendorff served as Central Technical Authority for nuclear safety and as Chief Operating Officer of the agency. He played a significant leadership role in developing the future vision for the nation’s national security laboratories and in evaluating options for nuclear weapons complex modernization. From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the staff of the House Armed Services Committee. There, he served as counsel and staff director for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee with oversight responsibilities for the Department of Energy's Atomic Energy Defense Activities as well as the Department of Defense's space, missile defense and intelligence programs. He served as staff chair for dozens of hearings at both the subcommittee and full committee level including highly visible hearings on the 9/11 Commission, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission and other hearings associated with US strategic forces. Captain Ostendorff was an officer in the US Navy from 1976 until he retired in 2002. Entering the Rickover Nuclear Navy, he served on six submarines. During his naval career, he commanded a nuclear attack submarine, a nuclear attack submarine squadron and served as Director of the Division of Mathematics and Science at the US Naval Academy. His military decorations include four awards of the Legion of Merit and numerous unit and campaign awards. He earned a bachelor degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a law degree from the University of Texas and a master’s in international and comparative law from Georgetown University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Tammy C. Ottmer
Tammy C. Ottmer is a nationally-recognized expert in nuclear waste transportation safety. She was appointed to her position as Colorado Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Program Manager of the Hazardous Materials Section by the Governor of the State of Colorado. In addition, she was delegated additional responsibility as Manager over Nuclear Materials Transportation Oversight by Colorado State Patrol including collaborative planning with shippers and carriers intending to move radioactive materials and nuclear waste through Colorado, the western region, and across the nation. She continues to design, develop, implement, and oversee nuclear materials transportation for new transportation campaigns utilizing the WIPP program as a model. A primary focus area continues to be the full implementation of the Western Governors' Association (WGA)/U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) Cooperative Agreement for the Transportation of Transuranic Wastes. She works at a regional and national level to innovate approaches to assure the safe transportation of transuranic materials; highway route controlled quantities; high-level radioactive waste as well as commercial spent nuclear fuel shipments in the distant future whether to interim storage or permanent disposal. Ms. Ottmer has chaired committees chartered to update internal USDOE Manuals then integrate them into the internal USDOE Order system. These Orders have a direct correlation to safe transportation when they are incorporated into USDOE Requests for Proposal for new contracts across the nation. Ms. Ottmer serves as Advisor to the Governor on nuclear transportation matters including the spent commercial nuclear fuel stored at the Fort Saint Vrain Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation in northern Colorado. Ms. Ottmer has had an opportunity to serve in an international capacity. The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, asked specifically for Ms. Ottmer to serve as a consultant. The mission of this consultancy was to review and evaluate international radiological transportation safety guides. The guides concerned transportation accidents involving radioactive materials as well as associated emergency response. She provided recommendations for the revisions of these transportation safety guides. Ms. Ottmer received a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Cecil V. Parks
Cecil V. Parks' career has spanned 39 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he is currently director of the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division (NSITD). Prior to this assignment, he served as director of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division (RNSD) and director for the former Nuclear Science and Technology Division. In these senior leadership positions Dr. Parks has been responsible for line management, strategic planning, and mission execution for diverse R&D organizations engaged in basic and applied science and technology for the nuclear fuel cycle, isotope production, and nuclear security. He has extensive experience in programmatic business development and execution with a wide range of government agencies including the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In his current role as director for NSITD, he has responsibility for staff and laboratories focused on isotope production and radiochemical processing, nuclear nonproliferation R&D, nuclear fuel cycle forensics, radiation detection and imaging, safeguards and security technology, material protection and control, transportation security, export control, and nuclear security operations support. From 1980 to 2014 Dr. Parks had project or line responsibility for development of the SCALE code system, which is used worldwide to solve challenging problems in reactor physics and depletion, criticality safety, and radiation transport. For 35 years Dr. Parks has consulted on technical and safety issues associated with transport and storage of fissile and radioactive material. From 1992 to 2012, he supported the NRC and the Department of Transportation (DOT) as the US technical expert to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on packaging requirements and transport controls for fissile material. Dr. Parks has been active in professional societies and been a member, facilitator, or leader of various review teams chartered by the NNSA, DOE, or NRC. Dr. Parks is the author or co-author of over 150 technical papers, ORNL or NRC reports, and journal articles, and has been engaged in standards development related to nuclear criticality safety. Dr. Parks has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee and MS and BS degrees in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University. He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Parks is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.
Matthew K. Silva
Matthew K. Silva served 10 years as the chemical engineer and four years as the director of the New Mexico Environmental Evaluation Group until its closure in 2004. As mandated by federal law, the organization provided an independent technical evaluation of the WIPP project to assure the protection of the safety and public health of the people of New Mexico. Currently, Dr. Silva serves as chair of the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee. He holds a B.S. in basic science and an M.S. in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas.