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Ahmad Amoli

Ahmad is a mechanical engineer with over twenty-five years of experience in design and development of mechanical/remote systems for nuclear operations and facilities. Specific experience includes development of remote nuclear facilities, hot cells, and equipment for processing and handling radioactive waste materials, including the handling of shipping casks, waste canisters, and miscellaneous nuclear components and hardware. His past experience includes the design and development of systems for enrichment of uranium gas, vitrification process of nuclear waste, handling of materials and equipment for remote and contact operations, and design of mechanical systems for nuclear power plants. Specific equipment developed by Ahmad includes canister transfer carts, smear test transfer systems, cranes, lifting yokes, decontamination systems, and remote tools.

Ahmad's strong skills include development of unique engineering and design solutions for diverse operational, facility, and equipment requirements. His administration skills include planning and execution of engineering tasks, technical reviews of designs and documentation, preparation of reports, specifications and drawings, and interfacing with client, disciplines, and vendors.

Charles J. Divona

Charlie Divona is an internationally known expert in remote systems design and analysis. He started his career at the Argonne National Laboratory where he was responsible for design of remote fuel handling systems for advanced reactors such as the EBR-2 and FFTF. While at Argonne, he was a member of the Reactor Safety Review Committee that had the responsibility for review of all reactor experiments and modifications.

His more recent experience includes Director responsibility for nuclear mechanical design and engineering on major Fluor Daniel contracts with the Department of Energy at Idaho and Hanford. This work included design and construction of spent fuel-handling systems for a multitude of government and commercial fuel types, and the planning of facility deactivation activities involving highly radioactive waste.

Charlie is a Fellow in the ASME and the ANS. He was Chairman of the Remote and Robotic Systems Division of the ANS in 1991 and the recipient of the Ray Goertz Award for his contributions to remote systems engineering. He has authored over 25 technical papers in the area of nuclear and remote systems technology.

Simon Russek

Simon Russek has worked as a technician and as a consultant in the nuclear industry since 1982 in the fabrication, assembly (mechanical & electrical) and testing of hot cell robotics, remote handling units, and electromechanical fabrication and assembly of hot cell lighting and thru-cell lighting systems.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and brings over thirty years of experience in aerospace manufacturing and operations specializing in metallics, carbon fiber (CF) composites, thermal protection systems, and electrical/electronics. He was in leadership most of that time with over 17 years, in management and senior management. His expertise is in areas of manufacturing and operations for space, military, and commercial aviation; shop floor management and program management, start up, factory/program relocation, staffing, development, LRIP Low Rate Initial Production, full production, logistics, and quality. Simon was the CF composites strategy analyst for Boeing Defense Systems, working closely with the Boeing Commercial CF composites strategy analyst and international partners and collaborations on the direction and future of CF composites manufacturing and assembly for the Boeing Company.

Gene Danylyshyn

Gene is a well-rounded Quality Engineering Professional with over thirty years experience in defining and establishing quality assurance program requirements, assessing compliance and effectiveness of QA programs, establishing Quality assurance and project management procedures, interfacing with internal and external organizations on QA matters, developing/implementing QA indoctrination training programs, reviewing/approving subcontractor QA programs, and assisting project management in defining/maintaining quality records for commercial and nuclear operations and facilities. Specific experience includes managing quality assurance activities during engineering studies, conceptual and detail design, engineering, procurement, and construction of chemical processing plants, mixed waste processing, waste vitrification, remote handling of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive materials, storage of waste canisters and shipping casks. His past experience includes auditing and monitoring project activities for compliance with project procedures, identifying quality problems; contributing to problem resolutions, and evaluating the effectiveness of solutions for spent nuclear fuels facilities.

Gene's strengths include an intimate knowledge of the quality assurance requirements of nuclear facilities and his unique ability to implement them in an efficient, safe and cost-effective manner. His management skills enable him to plan and execute scheduled audits, training sessions, and reviews with Government, clients, management, various functions and engineering disciplines, suppliers, and fabricators. His specific strengths include tenacity, detail orientation, accuracy of data and reporting and ability to function as a contributing team member and leader.

Ronald L. Tome

Ron is a seasoned Mechanical Engineer with over thirty years experience in concept and detail design, project engineering, system development, and engineering of remote equipment and systems for nuclear operations and facilities. Specific experience includes development of facilities, hot cells, and equipment for remote handling of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive materials, including the handling of shipping casks, waste canisters, and miscellaneous nuclear components and hardware. His past experience includes the design development of systems for transfer and processing of materials and equipment in hot cells, removal of nuclear waste from underground tanks, dry and wet transfer of nuclear fuel assemblies, remote maintenance, and nuclear facility deactivation/decommissioning. Specific equipment developed by Ron includes spent fuel transfer carts, fuel-handling machines, lifting yokes, grapples, loading/unloading ports, decontamination systems, and remote tools.

Ron's strong skills include development of unique engineering and design solutions for diverse operational, facility, and equipment requirements. His management skills include planning, execution and monitoring of engineering tasks, presentations, technical reviews of designs and documentation, preparation of studies, reports, and specifications, and interfacing with Government, clients, management, disciplines, vendors, and fabricators. His specific strengths include comprehension, attention to detail, thoroughness, and perseverance.

Stephen D. Sharp

Stephen is a registered professional chemical engineer with over twenty-seven years of experience in designing both nuclear and non-nuclear process systems. Recent nuclear assignments included the conceptual design of spent fuel storage pools, spent fuel vacuum drying units, transportation cask cooling systems, and cask blanket gas sampling and analysis systems for the CRWMS Surface Facilities. On past low-level and high-level waste vitrification projects he was responsible for process design of systems for the retrieval of solid waste from silos, processing and transport of plant feed and melter feed slurries, wastewater decontamination, vitrified product qualification and acceptance, process stream sampling and analysis, scheduling of batchwise plant operations, and melter off-gas/vessel vent gas pressure control, cooling, sweetening, and clean-up to remove both gaseous and finely divided solid radionuclides. Other assignments include the detailed process design of polymer powder and pellet pneumatic conveying, storage and blending systems; natural gas dehydration and recovery of natural gas liquids; scrubbing of fly ash and SO2 from power plant flue gas; recovery and incineration of vapors from an underground hydrocarbon plume; and air or steam stripping of dissolved organics from contaminated water.

Stephen's main strengths include technical writing, report preparation and the creation of sound process engineering solutions to complex problems. His management abilities include estimating, forecasting and scheduling; supervision and execution of engineering tasks; preparation and review of specifications; reporting and presentations; and coordination with clients, project management, other technical disciplines and vendors. He is conscientious and dedicated to producing high quality engineering work.

Harry Kortnicki

Harry is a mechanical engineer with 24 years experience in a variety of responsible positions in the nuclear, petrochemical, pipeline, and offshore industries. His nuclear experience has been on a wide variety of projects ranging from fuel enrichment and assembly, waste processing and disposal, Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) research, development, and storage facilities, and nuclear weapon fabrication plants. His experience has encompassed conceptual design, Titles I and II design, and Title III field support. His major expertise is in the area of system analysis, including extensive experience in operational analysis of plant operations using computer simulation of discrete events logistical systems. His mechanical experience includes selecting and specifying mechanical equipment such as remote handling equipment, centrifuge-floor module machine mounts, refrigeration and material handling systems.

Harry has significant experience in the programming and application of computers to engineering design tasks. Programming experience includes Fortran and PL/1. He has project application experience in operation analysis of plant operations using computer simulation of discrete event logistical systems. Specific simulation languages used include AUTOMOD, WITNESS and SIMSCRIPT II.5. He is also experienced in computer-based engineering and design (CAD/CAE) applications including 2-D and 3-D tools such as AUTOCAD and MICROSTATION. He has a high level of general experience with MS-DOS and WINDOWS microcomputer hardware and software.

Leonard Goodman

Len Goodman has over 40 years of energy and process industry experience in systems engineering, plant design, component design and test, and facility operations. As the Director of Systems Analysis at Fluor Daniel Inc., he led Value Engineering (VE) studies and PHA/HAZOP safety reviews, and he developed new techniques for risk assessment of environmentally sensitive projects. He concentrated on the means to identify the hidden sources of unnecessary costs, schedule delays, and process risks -- and then minimizing them. Usually these were done during conceptual or preliminary design as a means to minimize the cost of implementing the needed changes.

Len is a Life Certified Value Specialist (SAVE), and has led numerous VE studies for major nuclear, hydrocarbon processing and ore processing projects. He has conducted focused, short-term studies for analyzing hazards and for assessing risks in facilities in which highly toxic, radioactive, and explosive materials were processed, stored, or treated for eventual environmentally acceptable disposal. His workshops have lead to over $350 million in cumulative savings.

Donald G. LaBounty

Don is a registered professional mechanical engineer with over twenty-five years of experience in the engineering of both nuclear and non-nuclear mechanical systems. Recent experience includes all aspects of the design and analysis of pressure vessels and other equipment including thermal cycling, shock, and fatigue conditions as well as seismic and dynamic analysis. Evaluated fatigue of pressure vessels and components due to cyclic loading at high temperature (creep range).

Nuclear experience includes the static, dynamic, and kinematic analysis of the mechanisms and structures of tools used to move spent nuclear fuel, including weight and strength optimization, structural vibration, and seismic design. Engineered impact loading mitigation systems using linear and non-linear shock absorbers. Engineered impact loading mitigation systems, and linear and non-linear impact shock absorbers. Performed design of elasto-plastic springs, cutting tools utilizing traveling wave pulses, and unique friction-based fuel transfer devices. Performed non-linear impact analysis of fuel storage cask.

Don is also a Member of the ASME and has authored several papers in the area of stress analysis.

Kanhaiya (Ken) L. Bardia

Ken is an internationally known expert in stress analysis with over 30 years of experience. His specialties include fatigue failure analysis, vibration and dynamic analysis, creep fatigue interaction, heat transfer, and thermal stress analysis. Recent experience includes the fatigue failure analysis of high pressure and temperature petrochemical equipment; seismic design of the largest refinery column on the West Coast; and seismic risk analysis of refinery equipment.

Nuclear experience includes the heat transfer and thermal stress analysis of the canister storage building at Hanford as well as the fire rating of walls at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Ken is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the state of California. He is a Member of the ASME and has authored over 10 papers in the field of stress analysis.

Robert Fages

Bob is a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with over 20 years experience in nuclear facilities design as well as design of complex remote-mechanical systems. He is highly proficient in AutoCad, Intergraph Micro Station and Computer Vision design media. In a recent assignment, Bob was responsible for the conceptual layouts of the Yucca Mountain Repository surface facilities, including the Storage pool area and the Waste Handling Building. This work included the equipment selection, arrangement in the facility, cost estimates and supporting calculations. The equipment involved included transportation casks, spent fuel storage canisters and heavy load remotely operated handling equipment.

Bob's experience includes the conceptual design of a modular vault storage facility for DOE spent fuel, and the detail design and specification of the cask interfacing equipment for a Dry Transfer System recently built for demonstration of commercial spent fuel transfer at a utility dry storage facility.

David Benac

Dave is a highly qualified, knowledgeable, and dedicated individual offering more than 17 years of experience in program/project management, process and mechanical engineering, and business development in the nuclear, environmental, aerospace, architect/engineering, and construction industries. He is well respected for his proven abilities to professionally organize, manage, and lead multiple projects within complex work environments. Mr. Benac's experience with high- and low-level nuclear waste includes more than 10 projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and the commercial nuclear power industry.

One example is the - TWRS Facility Configuration Trade Studies for High-Level and Low-Level Waste Forms, Westinghouse Hanford Company - Richland, WA where Dave authored the draft final reports and led a multi-disciplined engineering team to study 20 separate facility configurations for the processing, transportation, and short- and long-term dry storage of high- and low-level nuclear wastes. Each configuration was evaluated against criteria which included process flow sheet/facility design impacts, operability/complexity, maintainability, technology maturity, project schedule impacts, regulatory impacts, safety, and costs. Waste form types, waste container types, melters, other vitrification systems, and transportation and storage concepts were studied and evaluated. All waste forms had to comply with Federal Repository requirements.

Henry W. Shin

Henry is an environmental engineering professional with strong financial and systems experience in engineering process design, project management, business systems analysis and design, and economic analysis. He brings a wide array of engineering and financial expertise in environmental engineering as well as in the deregulated electric power industry.

Henry was responsible for conducting several feasibility and design studies involving treatment of industrial wastewater and contaminated groundwater from CERCLA sites. The studies involved conventional aerobic biological treatment systems as well as cutting-edge anaerobic Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) systems. He designed and conducted an EPA sponsored study examining the geospatial statistical relationship between the cancer mortality rate and air toxics released from industrial sources located in EPA Region III.

Henry worked on a court-sanctioned study of water and sewer connection fees charged by Charles County, Maryland for Piper & Marbury LLP, a premiere law firm in Baltimore-Washington Metro. He compiled all financial transactions for water/sewer related capital projects and developed strategies for determining the connection charges and the commodity rates for Charles County, Maryland.

More recently, he has been consulting in the deregulated power industry for the past three years. While working at California Power Exchange (CalPX), California Independent System Operator (CAISO), and several Scheduling Coordinators (SCs), he gained a unique combination of business and systems expertise in settlement of power transactions. He has recently been involved in designing ISO settlement charge types as well as reconciling them from the SC side. He has also worked with several energy transaction management systems such as Altra Power‚, ISO BBS Settlement‚, POMAX‚ suite of scheduling, settlement, and risk management systems, and RMRTool‚. In addition, Henry is an expert in regulatory, scheduling, settlement, and invoicing aspects of CAISOís Reliability Must-Run contracts. Most recently, he has been working on the calculation of Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered refund related to the State of Californiaís claim on 9 billion dollars of overcharges by the sellers of electricity.

Stephen Michaud - Embedded Control Systems and Software Development

Stephen is a Senior Electronics Engineer with an extensive background in the design of embedded control systems and software/firmware development. His skills include the development of electromechanical control system requirements, human factors engineering pertaining to user interfaces, and design specifications for prototype systems. This work usually includes interfacing with the client, and with multi-disciplined technical staff regarding deployment, safety, and operation of the system.

In addition to control system development, his experience includes development of system product test and certification plans, disaster recovery plans and initiatives, and development of security processes and procedures. This expertise includes the planning and management of any required ISO certification processes, hardware and software licensing issues, patents and copyrights, audits, design and deployment of Wide Area Networks, and any security issues pertaining to firewall and intrusion attempts.

Frank Heckendorn

Frank is an electrical and computer engineer with over 43 years experience in the design and deployment of process systems with the last 28 years specifically in nuclear field, specializing in remote handling and remote viewing systems. His assignments have included the Savannah River National Laboratory (DWPF design and the Robotics Section), the ITER Organization (Remote Handling Section in Japan and France), a consultant in remote viewing for the International Atomic Energy Agency, and as the developer of several Homeland Security systems.

Frank has been the lead designer and implementer of numerous nuclear remote viewing systems, remote connectors, remote mobile platforms, hot cell designs, robot /manipulator developments, and underground waste tank remote viewing systems. This included development of the remote connectors adopted for all applications in the Defence Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) and all of the remote viewing systems for DWPF. He has also developed and fielded more than 35 specialized remote video or viewing systems for a variety of applications at the SRNL.

He was the Chairman of the Robotics and remote Systems Division of the ANS in 2008, and was author of the ASTM Standard on Remote Viewing for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Division. He holds four patents in nuclear remote handling and viewing and has authored/co-authored more than 28 technical papers in the field.

Joe Divona

Joe Divona, the President of ITAV Solutions Inc. (www.ITAVsolutions.com), is a senior engineer with over 15 years of "hands-on" experience in the areas of information technology and audio-visual systems design and installation. Joe has a proven record in overhauling ineffective methods, turning around marginally-producing operations, developing technology solutions and starting-up prototype operations. He works effectively with senior executive management and high-level clients and is highly regarded for his analysis skills and ability to produce measurable and sustainable results in a timely manner. Joe has extensive expertise in many disciplines relating to Surveillance, Security, Audio Visual, and Information Technologies. Joe is a licensed High and Low voltage contractor for the state of California and was the recent winner of the 2007 Microsoft Pinnacle Award for Excellence in using Microsoft Technologies.

Doug Effenberger

President of Power Engineering Services (PES), Doug has over 25 years of consulting and management experience for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, testing, and commissioning of modern commercial, institutional, petro-chemical, and industrial power systems for buildings and infrastructure. Doug has experience working with specific environmental and installation requirements such as nuclear (high radiation), explosive classified locations, marine environments including off-shore and submarine, and hospitals. PES (www.pespower.com), has collaborated with NSA to design and manufacture electrical power, control, and lighting systems for various nuclear facility installations. Doug is presently working on several projects that involve reducing electric energy and carbon emissions including Cold Ironing and fuel cell development and photovoltaic and wind energy.

Doug graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and is a California registered professional electrical engineer and California licensed C-10 electrical contractor. He is also a founding principal of PES, a full service electrical consulting and testing firm, in Brea, CA.

Doug has had authored or co-authored a variety of Standards, Guidelines, and articles for the IEEE and the Cal State University system. Doug and his firm regularly act in the capacity of electrical engineer and representative for many clients. PES was awarded the 2008 Best Practices in Lighting and Controls by the Green Building Research Center, at the University of California, Berkeley.


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