Ralph L. Andersen
Chief Health Physicist
Nuclear Energy Institute
Ralph Andersen is Chief Health Physicist at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C. For the past 12 years, he has represented the nuclear energy industry to Congress, federal agencies, and other organizations on generic policy matters related to radiological protection and radioactive waste management.
Before joining NEI in 1992, Mr. Andersen worked for 20 years in radiation protection in the areas of nuclear energy, research, education and medicine, with organizations including the Detroit Edison Company, the University of Colorado, and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has also conducted research (under contract to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) on national radioactive waste management practices and has directed radioactive waste disposal projects at nuclear power plants and other facilities.
Mr. Andersen is certified as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and has completed graduate studies in the Department of Radiation Biology and Radiology at Colorado State University.
C. Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson is president of CKA associates, an international management and technology consulting company, which he founded in 1993.
From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Anderson was vice president of sales and marketing for the Nuclear Assurance Corporation. Prior to that, he had 21 years experience in various positions at ABB and Combustion Engineering with responsibility for developing that company’s nuclear fuel businesses. Anderson has worked on most major fuel cycle projects in the United States, Asia, Western Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R.
Mr. Anderson pursued science and business studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Sloan School of Business (MIT), and Bucknell University.
Ann Stouffer Bisconti
Bisconti Research, Inc.
Ann Bisconti is President of Bisconti Research, Inc. She provides research and communications advice to many domestic and international companies and organizations.
Dr. Bisconti was previously a vice president with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), where she directed one of the most comprehensive research programs ever undertaken by an industry on challenging social issues. Bisconti Research continues to conduct NEI’s public opinion and communications research under contract and serves many other clients in energy and other fields.
Dr. Bisconti attended Harvard University, McGill University, and The Union Institute, from which she received her Ph.D. in Social Science Research in 1977. She is listed in Who’s Who in America. Dr. Bisconti is a board member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). She is the author of five books and many other publications.
Charles A. Blanton, III
Senior Nuclear Fuel Procurement Specialist
Charles A. Blanton, III is a Senior Nuclear Fuel Procurement Specialist at Dominion Virginia Power.
Mr. Blanton works in the Nuclear Fuel Procurement section of the Nuclear Analysis & Fuel Department, concentrating mainly in uranium, conversion, and enrichment procurement as well as special projects related to front-end nuclear fuel. Mr. Blanton joined Dominion in 1978 in the Commercial Support group of the Fuel Resources Department, supporting both the fossil and nuclear fuel procurement groups. After working in the corporate contracts department for approximately two years, he joined Nuclear Fuel Procurement in 1986 where he has worked since that time.
Mr. Blanton earned a B.A. degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1975, a J.D. from the University of Richmond in 1978, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Frank L. "Skip" Bowman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute
Frank L. "Skip" Bowman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Adm. Bowman assumed his current position on Feb. 16, 2005.
Prior to joining NEI, Adm. Bowman served for more than 38 years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of admiral. He served as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and was the third successor to Adm. Hyman G. Rickover in that command. Adm. Bowman also was Deputy Administrator-Naval Reactors in the National Nuclear Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy. In these dual positions, he was responsible for the operations of more than 100 reactors aboard the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers and submarines, four training sites and two Department of Energy laboratories in Pittsburgh and Schenectady, N.Y.
Adm. Bowman is a 1966 graduate of Duke University. He completed a dual master's program in nuclear engineering and naval architecture/marine engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and was elected to the Society of Sigma Xi. He has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Duke University. He serves on two visiting committees at MIT (Ocean Engineering and Nuclear Engineering), the Engineering Board of Visitors at Duke University, and the Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Committee at the University of Tennessee.
E. William (Bill) Brach
Director, Spent Fuel Project Office
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mr. Brach's federal service spans over 30 years with the United States Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He joined the Atomic Energy Commission in 1971 as a field inspector at fuel fabrication facilities located throughout the southern and eastern United States. In 1975, Mr. Brach moved to NRC Headquarters and has held progressively more responsible positions in the Office of Inspection and Enforcement, Office of the Executive Director for Operations, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. Mr. Brach also served two years with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria developing reactor safeguards inspection programs. In 1999, Mr. Brach was appointed to his current position as Director of the Spent Fuel Project Office. The Spent Fuel Project Office has responsibility for review and certification of Type B and fissile material transportation packages, and review and approval of spent fuel storage facilities and storage casks.
Mr. Bertil Dihné is president of Vattenfall Bränsle AB, a company within the Vattenfall Group, that provides nuclear fuel to the power plants in the group.
Mr Dihné has had this position since 1999. In the the years 1981-1999 he was employed at the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant, where he held several leading positions in operations, maintenance and engineering. He joined Vattenfall in 1973 and started working at the oil-fired power station in Stenungsund. Mr Dihné is chairman of the board of the Swedish NDT Qualification Center, the Swedish Centre of Nuclear Technology and is a board member of Vattenfall Treasury and the peat fuel company HMAB.
In 1972 he received a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Exelon Generating Company, LLC
Jeff Dunlap has been a Fuel Buyer with Exelon Generation Company for five years, where his responsibilities include enrichment procurement, fuel cost calculations, and special nuclear material tracking. Prior to that, Mr. Dunlap held a position as Safety Analysis Engineer with Commonwealth Edison for six years supporting the Byron, Braidwood, and Zion Nuclear Power Plants.
Mr. Dunlap received a B.A. degree in Physics and Mathematics from Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois, a M.Sc. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Marvin S. Fertel
Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute
Marvin Fertel is Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the industry organization responsible for establishing unified nuclear industry policy on matters affecting the nuclear energy industry.
He has 35 years of experience consulting to electric utilities on issues related to designing, siting, licensing and management of both fossil and nuclear plants. He has worked in executive positions with organizations such as Ebasco, Management Analysis Company, and Tenera. In November 1990 he joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness as Vice President, Technical Programs. With the formation of NEI in 1994, he became NEI’s Vice President of Nuclear Economics and Fuel Supply. He assumed his current position as head of the Nuclear Generation Division at NEI in March 2003.
Currently, Mr. Fertel is responsible for leading NEI’s programs related to ensuring an effective and safety-focused regulatory process. He is responsible for directing industry-wide efforts to ensure adequate security is provided at nuclear power plants and for addressing generic technical issues related to commercial nuclear facilities. The Nuclear Generation Division is responsible for NEI’s activities related to improving the economic performance at existing facilities through industry-wide benchmarking activities; the promotion of policies to achieve a long-term reliable and economic supply of nuclear fuel; and for policy initiative and industry programmatic activities that support the development of new commercial nuclear projects. Mr. Fertel is also responsible for overseeing NEI’s activities related to the management of used nuclear fuel and other waste products, including achieving success in the U.S. governments program for the storage and ultimate disposal of used nuclear fuel.
Mr. Fertel holds a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University, Boston; an M.Sc. in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New York; and has participated in the doctorate of public administration program at New York University.
Head of Unit External and Institutional Relations
Laurent Furedi is the head of the External & Institutional Relations and Member Services unit of FORATOM, the European Atomic Forum based in Brussels.
Mr. Furedi was senior advisor for communication at EDF in the Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant, and worked previously for the French waste management national agency (ANDRA) on the underground laboratory program. He began his career with the Chemical Industrial Union in Normandy.
He graduated with a Master of Communication and a university diploma from the Political Sciences Institute in France.
Roger W. Gale
GF Energy LLC
Roger Gale is President and CEO of GF Energy. He has managed and participated in numerous senior executive planning and strategic business design processes in North America, Europe and Asia. He is well-known globally as a leading corporate strategist and publisher of Electricity Outlook. In addition, he has expertise in corporate governance for large public enterprises.
Mr. Gale began consulting in 1988 after working in senior positions for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was an assistant to the secretary of energy and the EPA administrator and served as director of external affairs at FERC. Prior to working for the U.S. government he lived in Japan where he covered energy issues for a number of publications. He was CEO of PHB Hagler Bailly and headed PA Consulting's global energy practice before starting GF Energy in 2001.
Mr. Gale has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the board of directors of Constellation Energy Group and on the board of the United States Energy Association and the Consumer Energy Council of America.
Dustin J. Garrow
ZB Marketing, LLC
Dustin J. Garrow is president of ZB Marketing, LLC (ZBM), a Colorado-based company that he founded in 1999. ZB Marketing provides commercial consulting support to the nuclear fuel industry, specializing in supply chain analysis and market-related assessments.
Mr. Garrow has held a variety of executive level positions in the industry including Senior Vice President-Marketing at World Wide Minerals, Executive Vice President at Nuclear Fuel Resources and Vice President - Marketing & Sales at ConverDyn. Moreover, Mr. Garrow held senior uranium marketing positions at Energy Fuels, Inc., Everest Exploration, Inc. and Rocky Mountain Energy.
Mr. Garrow received his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (1970) and completed coursework for an M.B.A. (Management) at San Francisco State University (1977). Prior to joining the nuclear fuel industry, he was on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an Anti-Submarine Warfare/Nuclear Weapons Officer on board the U.S.S. Shelton (DD-790).
Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Guselle is Vice-President, Marketing (Europe) & Trading with Cameco’s wholly owned marketing subsidiary Cameco Inc.
Mr. Guselle worked as an engineer in mines in Canada and Spain with Cominco Limited, and in West Africa with Ashanti Goldfields. Thereafter, he returned to Canada and joined Cameco Corporation’s Corporate Development department in Saskatoon to focus on mergers and acquisitions. He spent the next six and a half years in various roles that culminated in the position of Director, Corporate Development.
Mr. Guselle was trained as an engineer and received a degree in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1997.
Robert B. Hoffman
Bob Hoffman is president of RBH Associates, Inc., a nuclear consulting company specializing in nuclear fuel, nuclear technology and management.
Mr. Hoffman recently retired from Framatome, ANP, where he was the president and senior vice president of their fuel business. In that position he managed and led the company in the U.S. and far east for BWR and PWR fuel and services business. Prior to that, he was vice president of BWR fuel at ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Operations. He had joined ABB Atom Inc. in 1989 as vice president of sales and marketing and then became vice president of BWR fuel when the company was incorporated into ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Operations.
He had a 22 year career with General Electric as a fuels development engineer responsible for fuel design, testing, failure analysis, manufacturing engineering, project management, and finally as International Sales Manager for 10 years. During that time he worked in the development of UO2 fuel, superheat fuel, MOX, and fast breeder fuel. In 1981, he was promoted to GE’s national executive in Taiwan where he managed all of GE’s business there for 5 years. After returning to the US, he became the sales and marketing executive for Avantek, a defense electronics company. He has been on the Board of Directors of four companies, including the steam turbine joint venture with Taipower.
Mr. Hoffman has recently given lectures at the Engineering Schools of Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and Colorado School of Mines. He has also lectured at the Darden Graduate School of Business at UVA.
He received his Metallurgical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Vice President of Business Development
Entergy Operations, Inc.
Dan Keuter joined Entergy in 1995 as General Manager of the Waterford 3 nuclear plant just west of New Orleans. Mr. Keuter was asked in 1996 to help lead the implementation of Entergy’s nuclear growth strategy to become a national nuclear operating company.
In February 2000 he was named Vice President of Nuclear Business Development. Since that time, Entergy has doubled the size of its nuclear plant fleet by acquiring five additional units, $1 billion in new annual revenue, $200 million in annual earnings, 3,500 employees and a $250 million pay roll in the Northeast. Prior to joining Entergy, Dan was Vice President of nuclear operations support at the Tennessee Valley Authority and Chief Nuclear Officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Rancho Seco nuclear plant. He began his nuclear power career in 1974 at Portland General Electric’s Trojan nuclear plant in Oregon after getting his nuclear engineering degree from Oregon State. He is a registered Professional Engineer and held a Senior Reactor Operator's License for 10 years.
Dan was instrumental in setting up the NuStart Energy Consortium to license a new nuclear plant in the U.S., the first in 30 years, and serves on NuStart’s Management Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Hydrogen Association.
He is active in the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the American Nuclear Society, and the Electric Power Research Institute. Dan serves on several Utility Advisory Boards for the development of new reactor designs and is on the Nuclear Engineering Advisory Committees at Oregon State University and University of Tennessee.
Stephen W. Kidd
Director, Strategy and Research
World Nuclear Association
Stephen Kidd is head of strategy and research at the World Nuclear Association (WNA), the international association for nuclear energy based in London, England.
Mr. Kidd joined WNA’s predecessor organization, The Uranium Institute, as senior research officer in 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he was an independent consultant. From 1981 to 1990, he was an industrial economist with leading UK companies specializing in the raw materials and engineering sectors. His prime responsibility was the analysis of markets of interest to his employers, including possible business diversification. Prior to his consulting career, he was an economics tutor at Sheffield University.
Mr. Kidd received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Queens’
College, University of Cambridge. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics.
Steven P. Kraft
Director, Waste Management
Nuclear Energy Institute
Steven P. Kraft is Director, Waste Management at the Nuclear Energy Institute, where he leads policy development and program management for used nuclear fuel, nuclear waste, nuclear plant decommissioning, and transportation on behalf of the nuclear energy industry.
Mr. Kraft joined NEI at its formation in 1994 as a merger of nuclear industry associations. Prior to joining NEI, Mr. Kraft served the industry and its customers in similar capacities at the Edison Electric Institute beginning in 1979. Before joining EEI, Mr. Kraft held engineering, project engineering and research engineering positions with GPU Service Company starting in 1973 (including service on the TMI Accident Recovery Team immediately following the March 29, 1979 accident). Beginning in 1972, Mr. Kraft held a nuclear projects engineering position with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division.
Mr. Kraft holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, Pi Tau Sigma, from New York University (1972). He also holds two Masters degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (1975) and Management Science (1980). He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Senior Vice President, International Marketing and Sales
Mr. Mani is Senior Vice President, International Marketing and Sales for ConverDyn, the joint venture partnership between General Atomics and Honeywell International Inc. (formerly AlliedSignal) responsible for worldwide marketing of UF6 conversion services produced at Honeywell’s Metropolis, Illinois facility.
He joined ConverDyn in 1994 as Manager of Marketing, and was subsequently promoted to other marketing positions before assuming his present responsibilities in 2004. Prior to joining ConverDyn Mr. Mani served at Honeywell’s headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey where he was involved in a number of financial, technical, business development and business management positions for a variety of products. In his last position as Business Manager, Fluorine Specialties, he managed the worldwide sales and development of specialty fluorine products, some of which are also manufactured at the Metropolis plant.
Mr. Mani has a Bachelor of Technology degree from Loughborough University in England and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Scott E. Melbye
Vice President, Marketing
Scott Melbye is vice president of marketing, Americas, for Cameco Inc. He is responsible for the North and South American markets. He assumed his current position in July 1999 after serving as vice president of marketing for Cameco’s U.S. mining subsidiary, Power ResourcesInc., in Denver.
Mr. Melbye has 21 years of nuclear industry experience. He joined Cameco in 1989 and held several positions in the Saskatoon head office with responsibilities for North American marketing, fuel services sales, and market planning. Prior to that, he worked for Arizona Public Service Co. as a nuclear fuel analyst/administrator with uranium and conversion procurement responsibilities for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. His initial industry experience was as a nuclear fuel broker with NUKEM, Inc., in New York.
Mr. Melbye earned a B.A. in business administration from Arizona State University in 1984, with degree specialization in international business. He is currently a regional advisor to United States Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and served on the Bush/Cheney ’04 leadership team for the State of Minnesota.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
John O'Neill, a partner, director, and Department Leader of the Regulatory Department of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, concentrates his practice in energy, environmental, and public utility law.
Mr. O’Neill represents electric utilities and companies in the nuclear industry in major commercial transactions, regulatory proceedings, and dispute resolution matters. He has an established commercial law practice and extensive experience in domestic and international transactions involving the acquisition and sale of power plants, major plant components, nuclear fuel, and services. Mr. O’Neill has represented both sellers and buyer in transactions involving the acquisition of nuclear power plants and was lead counsel in the acquisition of the Seabrook Plant in 2002. He has represented foreign governments and international clients on major procurements and advised a foreign government on restructuring its electric utility sector in response to recent legislation mandating deregulation and competition. He has served as lead licensing counsel in obtaining NRC operating licenses, major license amendments, license transfers, and enforcement actions. He has assisted management at plants where performance has trended down to develop recovery plans and reestablish a trusted relationship with the NRC. Mr. O'Neill's practice includes dispute resolution in federal and state courts and before domestic and foreign arbitral tribunals. He has served as lead counsel in a major jury trial in federal court, cases in the Court of Federal Claims, an ICC arbitration, and successful mediations of significant disputes.
Mr. O'Neill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Naval Science. He completed graduate work in nuclear engineering as part of the U.S. Navy nuclear power training program. Prior to practicing law, Mr. O'Neill was an officer in the U.S. Navy serving on nuclear submarines. He was licensed by the Atomic Energy Commission to supervise the operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion power plants.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Charles Peterson, a partner in the energy practice group of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, concentrates his practice on fuel and energy trading, international transactions and advanced nuclear reactors.
Mr. Peterson represents companies in the energy industry in major commercial transactions and dispute resolution. He has worked in Japan and several European countries, including an extended period in Russia. Mr. Peterson acts as legal counsel to the U.S. Industry Coalition, the association of companies that are involved in DOE’s Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention. Mr. Peterson has experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is currently representing a U.S. utility in a dispute over the ownership of uranium involving litigation in three countries and arbitration in additional two countries. Mr. Peterson is actively engaged in advising major U.S. companies on the structuring of investments in the energy sector of emerging markets. He has been chosen a member of the 30-person National Energy Panel of the American Arbitration Association.
In 1973 Mr. Peterson joined the General Electric Nuclear Power Division. He became legal counsel for the Nuclear Fuel Department in 1975. In that capacity he participated in the sale of nuclear fuel in the U.S. and ten foreign countries. In 1979 he was appointed Division Counsel of the General Electric Aircraft Equipment Division, where he was involved in sales of aircraft equipment and arms to the U.S. and foreign governments. In 1983 Mr. Peterson joined Cogema, part of the AREVA group of companies, as the first Executive Vice President of its U.S. subsidiary. He later served as President of NUEXCO during the period when NUEXCO came to prominence as a leading international nuclear fuel trading company. Mr. Peterson joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in April 2001.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960, Mr. Peterson served as chief engineer on board several nuclear submarines. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Captain. In 1971 he received an M.B.A. and in 1973 the J.D., both from Stanford University. He is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.
Suzanne R. Phelps
Senior Project Manager, Fuel Policy
Nuclear Energy Institute
Suzanne Phelps is senior project manager, fuel policy for the Nuclear Energy Institute, which she joined in 1997. At NEI she is responsible for policy issues related to front-end nuclear fuel supply.
Ms. Phelps has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear energy field, including assignments in nuclear licensing, nuclear operations, corrective actions, and radiation protection at Duke Power Company, Carolina Power & Light Company (now Progress Energy), Combustion Engineering and the Edison Electric Institute.
Ms. Phelps received her B.Sc. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University. She has served as the former chairwoman of Women In Energy Region II and on the national membership committee of the American Nuclear Society, and is a current member of the American Nuclear Society and Women In Nuclear.
World Nuclear Association
John Ritch joined the World Nuclear Association (WNA) in January 2001 after seven years as U.S. ambassador to UN organizations in Vienna, among them the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization. In Vienna, he was active in promoting the IAEA's global strengthened-safeguards system and new conventions on nuclear safety. He participated in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear negotiations and the UN Conferences reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1995 and 2000.
Previously Amb. Ritch was a staff adviser to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 22 years, specializing in East-West relations and nuclear arms control. During that period, he was also an entrepreneur, heading a real estate development company and co-founding a multinational enterprise marketing fitness-related products throughout throughout Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds an M.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Manager, Business Development
Since 2003, Scott Robertson has held the position of PWR Fuel Business Development Manager for Framatome-ANP. He is a 25+ year veteran of the nuclear industry.
He began his career in 1979 as a summer student for the Babcock & Wilcox Company, working on the Three Mile Island-2 plant monitoring effort. Scott has worked for Framatome-ANP his entire career, and worked most of that time as a Reload Physics Startup Test Engineer, including 12 years a Supervisor for the Site Support Group, responsible for core follow, incore detectors, core monitoring systems, and startup physics testing support activities.
Mr. Robertson holds a B.Sc. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia and is an active member of the American Nuclear Society. He has participated in development of two ANS Standards: 19.6.1-1997 "Reload Startup Physics Tests for PWRs", and 19.11-1997 "Calculation and Measurement of the Moderator Temperature Coefficient of Reactivity for Water Moderated Power Reactors".
Sylvain St. Pierre
Director for Environment and Radiological Protection
World Nuclear Association
Sylvain St. Pierre joined the World Nuclear Association (WNA), based in London, UK, in 2004. He oversees environmental, radiological protection, waste management and decommissioning matters for WNA. He also is responsible for the development of policy statements on other Association issues.
Mr. St. Pierre is on loan from Areva, the parent company to Cogema, which he joined in 2000. Working at the head office in Paris, France, he headed radiation protection for company-wide operations in the nuclear fuel-cycle business, including mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, and reprocessing. Previously, Mr. St. Pierre worked for a Canadian environmental expert-consulting firm in Toronto where he conducted environmental, radiological protection, waste management and decommissioning assessments and other projects for a wide range of international and national clients from both nuclear and non-nuclear sectors. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for the uranium mining and milling operations of Cogema Resources in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, where he was head of radiation protection for challenging new high-grade uranium-ore operating sites and for decommissioned sites.
Mr. St. Pierre graduated in Physics Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada, in 1989.
James. J. Sheppard
President and Chief Executive Officer
STP Nuclear Operating Company
James J. (Joe) Sheppard is President and CEO of the STP Nuclear Operation Company. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Assistant to the President/CEO where he oversaw the leadership changes prior to the retirement of his predecessor. Before that, he served as the Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services, where he managed the engineering and technical support functions that directly supported plant operations. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President, Business Systems in which he managed the site’s business functions and oversaw the transition to the Operating Company. Prior to these assignments, Mr. Sheppard served as the Assistant to the Executive Vice President and as the General Manager, Nuclear Licensing.
Mr. Sheppard came to Houston Lighting and Power Company from Sequoyah Fuels Corporation where he was President and Chief Executive Officer responsible for plant operations of the uranium conversion plant and ultimately for development and execution of plans to shutdown and decommission the facility. Prior to Sequoyah Fuels, Mr. Sheppard held a series of positions with Carolina Power & Light, including Plant Operations Manager and Plant General Manager of the Robinson Nuclear Project.
Mr. Sheppard is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is also a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received his M.B.A. Additionally, Mr. Sheppard is a licensed Senior Reactor Operator and a graduate of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations’ Senior Nuclear Plant Management course and the Senior Nuclear Executives Seminar.
Julian J. Steyn
Energy Resources International, Inc.
Julian Steyn is one of the two principals of Energy Resources International, Inc., a Washington, DC consulting firm which he co-founded in 1989.
Dr. Steyn was one of the founding Directors in 1980 of IEA of Japan Company, Ltd., Tokyo. Since graduate school in the early 1960s, he has been a nuclear fuel consultant to utilities, industry, and government in the U.S. and elsewhere, including Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan. He has authored more than seventy publications and public presentations on nuclear power, nuclear fuel, and radiation transport physics. Dr. Steyn began his nuclear engineering career in Elliot Lake, Canada, as the assistant project manager for the construction of the Denison uranium mill in 1955-1956, and immediately thereafter the project manager for construction of the Stanleigh uranium mill.
Dr. Steyn is a member of the International Nuclear Energy Academy and the Atlantic Council of the U.S.-Japan Energy Policy Dialogue for the long-term future for nuclear energy.
He received B.Sc. and M.A. degrees from Dublin University, Ireland. He also holds an M.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. in applied nuclear science from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Charles A. Trabandt
Charles River Associates
Charles A. Trabandt is a vice president within the Electric Utility Restructuring & Strategy Practice at Charles River Associates, an economics, finance and management consulting firm. An attorney by training and a senior investment banker, Mr. Trabandt has long provided advice on critical financial transactions and strategic planning to major corporations and government clients in the global energy and power sectors.
Formerly chairman of Global Power Strategic Advisory Services and a managing director at Merrill Lynch & Co., he provided transaction leadership and strategic consulting services, including privatization and restructuring advice, for electric utilities and transmission companies worldwide. Mr. Trabandt has participated in U.S. energy trade missions to China, India and Pakistan, and has conducted other industry activities throughout the Middle East, Asia Pacific, South America and Africa. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he served two four-year terms as a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he was actively involved in all aspects of electric power, natural gas, and oil pipeline regulation, as well as licensing and litigation activities. Mr. Trabandt also served as chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, exercising supervisory and legislative responsibilities in connection with all energy and natural resource bills, as well as related budget and appropriations matters.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former nuclear submarine officer, Mr. Trabandt also holds a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Robert Van Namen
Senior Vice President
Bob Van Namen is Senior Vice President for USEC Inc., the world’s leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear plants. He heads the company's marketing and sales department and has lead responsibility for USEC’s relationships with its customers and the nuclear power industry.
From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Van Namen was manager of nuclear fuel management for Duke Energy. His career at Duke Energy included seven years in nuclear design and safety analysis before moving to fuel management activities in 1991.
Mr. Van Namen earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in nuclear engineering at the University of Virginia and continued his studies in Duke Energy’s leadership development programs. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of North Carolina and has published numerous papers dealing with nuclear fuel issues and the impact of deregulation on nuclear power. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the nuclear fuel industry, professional organizations, and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Director, Commercial Consulting
Dr. Varley is Director Commercial Consulting with NAC International. He has more than 29 years of experience in the nuclear industry; more than 17 years as a consultant and manager with NAC and, before that, more than 12 years with U.K. nuclear fuel services company British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL).
Since joining NAC in April 1988, Dr. Varley has applied his experience and expertise to a wide range of consulting activities, serving industrial and government clients worldwide. In June 1993 he became general manager of NAC's Zurich operations. In this capacity he was responsible for all consulting, database and sales activities performed at NAC's European hub. In 1996 he opened NAC’s first office in the United Kingdom and now from a base close to London he directs NAC Worldwide Consulting activities. His individual consulting expertise is applied to all nuclear fuel cycle sectors.
Dr. Varley was invited in 2003 to be secretary to the Board of Governors of the World Nuclear Fuel Market. Before joining NAC, Dr. Varley he fulfilled a number of roles with BNFL, focussing on fuel and fuel-cycle technical and economic assessments, international commercial and technical collaborations, and a wide variety of planning and assessment projects in the fuel, reprocessing and engineering divisions.
Dr. Varley holds a B.Sc. in physics, a Diploma for advanced studies in science (nuclear physics) and a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear structure physics, all awarded by the Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Ronald B. Witzel
Longenecker & Associates
Ron Witzel is an independent consultant specializing in utility nuclear fuel procurement and uranium and enrichment marketing. He has over thirty years experience in the nuclear fuel industry and understands both the electric utility and fuel supplier perspectives in the nuclear fuel cycle. He has also served as an expert witness, an independent arbitrator, and a uranium marketing agent.
Mr. Witzel is a Principal in Longenecker & Associates of Del Mar, California, providing expertise in uranium enrichment marketing. In 1998, Mr. Witzel was part of a team seeking to acquire the U.S. enrichment enterprise through a merger or acquisition. The enterprise was subsequently sold through an IPO.
From 1990 through early 1993, Mr. Witzel was employed by NUEXCO Trading Corporation. Initially, his role was to manage NUEXCO's fuel cycle services projects. In August 1991, Mr. Witzel began spending about half of his time working with Global Nuclear Services and Supply (GNSS), NUEXCO's Russian joint venture located in Washington, D.C. In October 1991, Mr. Witzel visited the Urals ElectroChemical Enrichment Plant in Yetkateringburg escorting utility customers. Prior to 1990, Mr. Witzel was employed by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for 23 years where his responsibilities included management of out-of-core nuclear fuel. As Director of Nuclear Fuel Management, Mr. Witzel had responsibility for numerous activities including supply/demand forecasting, fuel cost forecasting, contract negotiations, administration, fuel cost and lease accounting.
In 1989, Mr. Witzel was elected Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute's Nuclear Fuel Committee.
Mr. Witzel received his B.Sc. degree in Business and Industrial Management in 1967 from San Jose State University and his M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University in 1971.