He is a lead risk analysis engineer at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the primary or key investigator in multiple Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) projects, including common cause failure analysis, simulation-based dynamic external flood analysis, nuclear operating experience data analysis, SPAR integrated capability model, SPAR model maintenance, and DOE Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization projects. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant as a PRA engineer and Beijing Institute of Nuclear Engineering as a nuclear system and design engineer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in nuclear reactor engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and his master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He serves on the ASME/ANS Jointed Standard Committee on Nuclear Risk Management Subcommittee on Standard Development, the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee, and the ANS Nuclear Installation Safety Division Executive Committee.
He holds a master's degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is principal investigator for two Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) projects and one Light Water Sustainability Program (LWRS) project in the Risk Assessment and Management Services Department at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). As principal investigator for Reactor Operating Experience Data, he collects, codifies, assures quality, and maintains data necessary to support various risk-associated NRC studies requiring reactor operation experience. He also is principal investigator for SACADA, an NRC program that collects operations training simulator data to support improved human reliability analysis (HRA) methods. He is the principal investigator for Outage Risk Management Improvement, an LWRS program that seeks to improve outage safety and efficiency through the application of new technologies. He has worked at INL for more than 11 years and has reactor operations, process engineering, and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) experience. He was previously a senior reactor operator (SRO)-certified shift technical adviser and shift support supervisor at a commercial boiling water reactor and a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.
She focuses her research on areas of computer-based procedures and automated work packages, control room modernization, and human-automation collaboration, and also leads research on digital architectures and data analytics at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This research helps leverage advanced technologies, increase overall efficiency, and improve human performance by informing the design of the interaction between the worker and the system. In 2016, she led the industry-wide Nuclear Electronic Work Packages – Enterprise Requirements (NEWPER) initiative where domestic and international nuclear utilities, research organizations, and vendors came together to define functional requirements for anything from smart PDFs to computer-based procedures. Before joining INL, she worked at Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden leading the Human Factors Engineering research and development and human reliability analysis activities. She has 10 years of research and practical experience with human reliability analysis.
He is a senior human factors scientist/engineer in the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). His research skills and expertise are in the areas of human factors engineering, human reliability analysis, human performance improvement, safety culture, organizational development, energy policy, and social and industrial/organizational psychology. Since joining INL in 2000, he also gained extensive business development and project management experience, managing projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Utah.