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Materials and Fuels Complex
Materials and Fuels Complex
Facilities & Instruments
Ronald A. Crone
Ronald A. Crone
Mr. Ron Crone has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, management and technical leadership. He served as interim associate lab director for the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was responsible for the management of the neutron sciences R&D portfolio, which includes the operation of the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). He began his career in the Reactor Engineering Group at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Toledo, Ohio. He then worked at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Station in Rowe, Massachusetts, as a reactor engineer and shift technical adviser. He moved to Tennessee and joined the staff of the HFIR in the Research Reactors Division (RRD) in January 1992. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
<div class="ExternalClassB42C3C7BE4174CF787FAF5506FA29B5D"><p><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">B</span><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">achelor’s degree in nuclear engineering, University of Cincinnati</span></p><p><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">Master’s degree in engineering, University of Alabama at Huntsville</span></p></div>
Associate Laboratory Director
Donna J. O’Kelly, Ph.D.
Donna J. O’Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. Donna J. O'Kelly is the director of the Analytical Research Laboratories at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Materials and Fuels Complex. Prior to her arrival at INL, Dr. O’Kelly was the group leader for the Elemental Measurement Science Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. With experience in academia as a laboratory manager and a research scientist, Dr. O’Kelly now provides management for facilities that characterize and fabricate new nuclear fuel, as well as examine nuclear fuels and materials after irradiation. Under Dr. O’Kelly, the Analytical Laboratory provides the chemical, radiochemical, physical, and other analytical data needed for various research and engineering development programs and for applied research and engineering development activities in support of advanced nuclear fuel design, waste management, environmental, and other INL programs. In addition, Dr. O’Kelly has served as the president of the INL Women in Leadership group since 2016. Dr. O’Kelly earned her doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Texas A&M University and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
<div class="ExternalClass80797227CC474FE99C81AD04F99B06AD"><p><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">B</span><span style="line-height:15.69px;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">achelor’s in Chemistry, Idaho State University</span></p><p><span style="line-height:25.6px;font-size:16px;">D</span><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">octorate in Nuclear Chemistry, Texas A&M University</span></p></div>
Director of Analytical Research Laboratories
Tim is the director of the Fuel Fabrication and Nuclear Material Management division at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex. This division is responsible for nuclear facility management of six nuclear facilities including two hazard category II facilities. The division has the responsibility to develop new fuel fabrication processes, to fabricate and assemble irradiation experiments and to demonstrate engineering scale fuel fabrication processes.Tim has over 30 years of experience in research and management. He is responsible for maintaining and expanding the personnel and capabilities to fabricate a wide range of actinide containing fuels and fuel systems. In the past, he has worked in numerous technical disciplines. Including plasma processing, aerosol particle measurement, magnetic properties measurement, magnetic alloy development, as well as numerous experimental design and mechanical design projects. These activities have resulted in numerous publications, and several awards, including an R&D 100 award. Tim is a co-inventor on numerous Invention Disclosures and is co-inventor on several issued patents.
<div class="ExternalClass7C4C03ECFAF84595B67CE66B6E1BB871"><p>Bachelor's degree, Mechanical Engineering<br></p><p>Master's degree, Mechanical Engineering<br></p><br></div>
Nuclear;Nuclear Fuels;Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Forensics
Director of Fuel Fabrication and Nuclear Material Management Division
Robert Miklos is the director of Production Facilities and Infrastructure at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). He has more than 30 years of experience in disciplined operations of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities, start-up and testing, integrated safety management and project management of large-scale and complex projects. He is responsible for safe and efficient operations, maintenance and project activities within the Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF) nuclear facility, nuclear and radiological Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDF), BEA Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC), and MFC infrastructure. Prior to joining the INL community, he spent 18 years in large-scale commercial construction, capital asset projects and DOD construction, overhaul and refueling, defueling and decommissioning experience when employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and its subsidiary company, Newport News Reactor Services. He is chair of the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) Project Delivery Working Group (PDWG), and holds undergraduate degrees in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Old Dominion University. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Stanford University Certified Project Manager (SCPM).
<div class="ExternalClass50009AD7AE7F49AC9BB7ADC6B19231CB"><p>Degrees in engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Old Dominion University</p></div>
Fuel Recycling;Nuclear Fuels;Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Forensics
Director of Production Facilities
Tiffany Leavitt has been the MFC Business Division Director since 2016. After working as a text processor and technical writer at ATR for several years, she transitioned into managing the Document Management department at MFC. She previously worked in Counterintelligence as an intelligence specialist and spent a year in ATR Engineering as the systems health and issues management coordinator. She also worked as the Knowledge Management manager while in Information Management, overseeing documents, records, graphic arts, and printing for BEA. While in F&SS, she served as the Documents, Records, and Training manager for nuclear operations across the lab. Tiffany has been on the VPP leadership team since 1999 and has held many positions on employee safety teams, including her current position as the MFC management champion. She is the co-president of the BEA Prism resource team and sits on BEA’s executive inclusion council. She is also a member of the Battelle Nuclear Facility Manager Community of Practice.
<div class="ExternalClass2F750A83ED894368960B06CDFCA15248"><p>Bachelor's degree in English, Idaho State University<br></p></div>
MFC Business Division Director
Brady is the MFC Projects Director at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of projects focused on sustaining and advancing capabilities critical to INL’s nuclear energy mission. Brady has line management responsibility for execution of projects at MFC, reporting directly to the MFC Associate Laboratory Director. The total portfolio of ongoing projects being executed under his leadership is valued at approximately $125M with scope ranging from minor facility modifications to construction of new support facilities that enable nuclear energy mission critical activities. These projects are executed primarily utilizing firm, fixed-price construction subcontracts, including use of incentives/disincentives where appropriate. Brady is also the Project Director for the $166M (total project cost) Sample Preparation Laboratory Project at INL. This new state-of-the art, Hazard Category 3 nuclear laboratory will support the advancement of the understanding of nuclear fuel and materials behavior. Construction of the new facility commenced May 2020. Brady served as the INL Project Director for the $77.6 million Remote-Handled Low-Level Waste (RHLLW) Disposal Project from 2015 through project completion in 2018 and was responsible for all aspects of the project, including transition to operations. The project was executed utilizing a firm-fixed price design-build subcontract with incentives. The project, INL’s first line item capital construction project, was completed 6 months ahead of schedule and $4.7 million under budget. Several awards have recognized the effective and efficient execution of this critical project. At its annual Project Management workshop on April 24, 2019, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the RHLLW Disposal Project the Project Management Excellence Award, which recognizes a project team from the DOE Complex that has demonstrated exceptional results in completing a project within cost and schedule. On October 5, 2019, the RHLLW Disposal Project received one of three Project Excellence Awards awarded worldwide from the Project Management Institute. PMI presents this award to projects with a budget <$100M that demonstrate superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society. On July 31, 2019, Engineering New Record (ENR) – Mountain States recognized the RHLLW Disposal Project, one of 156 total entries, with a Merit Award in the Specialty Construction category. On August 23, 2019, ENR also selected the project to receive a Merit Award for Safety, recognizing the project’s exemplary safety record during construction of the RHLLW Disposal Facility. ENR recognizes the best projects across a seven-state region that includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Brady has 20+ years of experience in project management, engineering, and environmental management experience. He is a registered professional engineer and Project Management Professional (PMP). Brady also participated in DOE’s first Project Leadership Institute cohort in 2017.
<div class="ExternalClassA2CC4E3C104D47A98B2DE8EDFA5114DC"><p>Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, Utah State University</p><p>Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, Utah State University</p></div>
MFC Projects Director
Stuart R. Jensen
Stuart R. Jensen
Stuart R. Jensen is the director of Engineering and Projects for Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. He holds a master’s in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University. He began his career as a designer of remote handling equipment for fuel storage basins and hot cells, where he led implementation of solid-modeling based engineering and manufacturing techniques. He then worked as an analyst and supervisor in the analysis group, performing a variety of engineering analyses including impact simulations, thermal analyses, computational fluid dynamics, seismic analysis, and blast effects simulations. Next, at INL’s Advanced Test Reactor, he led a comprehensive seismic assessment of all ATR safety- related structures and equipment. In 2014, Jensen moved to the Materials and Fuels Complex to serve as the Deputy Director for Research. In this brief role he has become familiar with MFC facilities, equipment, personnel, and programs, and engaged on behalf of MFC senior management with laboratory-wide management systems. He serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers working group for Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures, co-authoring the ASCE 4 and ASCE 43 standards.
<div class="ExternalClassE48C8A896ABE4DF2BA506002D985A4A9"><p><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;line-height:15.6933px;">Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, Brigham Young University</span></p><p><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">M</span><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">master’s in manufacturing systems engineering, Stanford University</span></p></div>
Director of MFC Engineering
Dr. Stephen G. Johnson is the director of the Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologies Division at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. Most recently this program fueled, tested and delivered the MMRTG for NASA’s Mars Scientific Laboratory mission. During his tenure, the laboratory has successfully pursued involvement in the Radioisotope Power Systems program. Following that involvement, the fueling and testing of space and terrestrial power systems operations were transferred from Mound Laboratory to the Idaho National Laboratory. He initiated the Technical Integration Office for the DOE’s national Space and Defense Power Systems program. This office focuses on cross-cutting initiatives, mission planning scenarios for nuclear power systems for DOE customers such as NASA, and provides resources for various other needs for DOE’s SDPS department. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in mathematics and chemistry from Lake Superior State University of Michigan and a Ph. D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.
Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologies
Director of Space Nuclear Power & Isotope Technologies
Eric W. Papaioannou
Eric W. Papaioannou
Eric W. Papaioannou is the director of the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Maintenance, Infrastructure & Fabrication Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics with an emphasis in radiological engineering from Idaho State University. He has 36 years of nuclear experience, beginning in 1986 with his career in the United States Naval Nuclear Program where he spent just over nine years. He served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and at the A1W Prototype as a staff instructor. Following his naval service, he attended Idaho State University and obtained his degree. In 1998, he began working for Argonne National Laboratory-West as an operator in the Fuel Conditioning Facility. In 2000, he became the Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF) plant criticality safety engineer and eventually was responsible for the criticality safety program in multiple MFC facilities. Following the Idaho National Lab merger in 2005, he served on the Hot Cell Services (HCS) Department Manager's staff and has since held multiple positions throughout MFC Operations including assistant nuclear facility manager (NFM) for Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF), NFM for the Fuel Conditioning Facility, NFM for HFEF, Operations Department Manager, MFC Maintenance Department Manager, and MFC Operations, Maintenance, Infrastructure & Fabrication Division Director. In these roles Eric was responsible to ensure that these facilities were appropriately staffed, maintained, and operated to meet INL's mission in an effective, safe, and compliant manner. Eric has served as the chair of the MFC Operational Safety Board, the vice-chair of the INL Operations Council, chair of the INL ALARA Committee, and is a current member of the Battelle Operations Committee for LANL Operations.
<div class="ExternalClassE11DC4A128CE47948889345BC0050EEB"><p><span style="line-height:15.69px;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">Bachelor’s in physics with an emphasis in radiological engineering</span><span style="line-height:25.6px;font-size:16px;"></span>, <span style="line-height:107%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">Idaho State University</span></p></div>
MFC Maintenance, Infrastructure and Fabrication Division Director
Alan Carvo has 30 years of experience performing environmental, regulatory, and operations support both in the private sector and for government entities. His work experience includes medical research at the University of Southern California, regulatory oversight and waste management for commercial hazardous waste operations in California and Utah, and environmental supervision and management supporting the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Hanford Site in Washington, and INL.
<div class="ExternalClass465E63C154C34B35AFB9B1DCCE6BA7A8"><p>Bachelor's degree, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine </p><p>Master's degree, Industrial Hygiene, Montana Tech<br></p></div>
Director of MFC Safety and Compliance
Doug C. Crawford
Doug C. Crawford
Doug Crawford was appointed Director of the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) Division in October 2019. Crawford leads strategic and administrative functions and ensures the TREAT operations team is equipped and enabled to meet mission objectives. Previously, he served as MFC Chief Scientist, responsible for compiling strategies to modernize MFC research capabilities to meet INL mission needs, fostering collaborations with nuclear universities and laboratories, and facilitating industrial partnerships to meet fuels and materials research and development needs. Crawford has also contributed to the Versatile Reactor Project addressing fuel cycle planning and fuel design. From 1990 to 2007 Crawford worked at Argonne National Laboratory-West and INL. In 2007 he joined GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in Wilmington, NC, where he led engineering teams supporting boiling water reactor customers with fuel technology, reactor systems and components engineering, and reactor plant mechanical analysis. From 2016 to prior to rejoining INL, Crawford worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as reactor technology leader and GAIN deputy director. Crawford’s subject matter expertise includes fast reactor and boiling water reactor fuel performance and design, fuel safety testing and licensing, fuel specification, technical leadership and issue resolution, and nuclear materials storage technology.
<div class="ExternalClassBE15B0A145FC421FA437409B4255AAED"><p>Bachelor's degree, metallurgical engineering, University of Idaho, 1984</p><p>Master's degree, nuclear engineering, University of Washington, 1986</p><p>Doctorate, nuclear engineering, University of Michigan, 1991</p><p>MBA, University of Chicago, 2005</p></div>
<div class="ExternalClass422FB4F9D3DB480198B7604287A0D03E"><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;">Douglas C. Crawford, Douglas L. Porter, Steven L. Hayes, “Fuels for sodium-cooled fast reactors: US perspective,” <em>Journal of Nuclear Materials</em> 371 (2007) 202–231.</div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;">Douglas C. Crawford, Douglas L. Porter, Steven L. Hayes, Mitchell K. Meyer, David A. Petti, Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, “An approach to fuel development and qualification,” <em>Journal of Nuclear Materials</em> 371 (2007) 232–242.</div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;">L. C. Walters, D. L. Porter, and D. C. Crawford, “Nuclear Fuel Considerations for the 21st Century,” International Seminar on Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems Toward Zero Release of Radioactive Wastes, in <em>Progress in Nuclear Energy</em>, Vol. 40, No. 3-4 (2002), pp. 513-521.</div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;">Editor, "Proceedings of the International Symposium on Fuels for Liquid Metal Reactors," Chicago, IL, November 15-20, 1992, published in <em>Journal of Nuclear Materials</em> 204 (1993) 1- 270.</div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><div>R.G. Pahl, D.L. Porter, D.C. Crawford, and L.C. Walters, "Irradiation Behavior of Metallic Fast Reactor Fuels," <em>Journal of Nuclear Materials</em> 188 (1992) 3-9.</div><div><br></div><div>D.C. Crawford and G.S. Was, "The Role of Grain Boundary Misorientation in Intergranular Cracking of Ni-16Cr-9Fe in 360°C Argon and High Purity Water," <em>Metallurgical Transactions A</em>, 23A (1992), 1195-1206.</div></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><div>P. Cantonwine, D. Crawford, M. Downs, B. Joe, T. Bahensky, J. Reimer, C. del laHoz, K. Petersen, M. Reitmeyer, J. Morris, A. Zbib, “Channel - Control Blade Interference Management at LaSalle 1 and 2 during 2007 and 2008,” <em>Proceedings of Top Fuel 2009</em>, September 6-10, 2009, Paris, France, Paper 2154.</div><div><br></div><div>D. C. Crawford, R. J. Schneider, and A. A. Lingenfelter, “GNF Fuel Performance Update,” American Nuclear Society 2008 Winter Meeting, Reno, NV, November 9-13, 2008, <em>Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc.</em>, 99 (2008).</div></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></div><div style="color:#222222;font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:#ffffff;">D. C. Crawford, A. E. Wright, R. W. Swanson, and R. E. Holtz, “RIA Testing Capability of the Transient Reactor Test Facility,” <em>Proceedings of the IAEA Technical Committee Meeting on Fuel Cycle Options for LWRs and HWRs</em>, Victoria, Canada, May 1998, IAEA-TECDOC- 1122, pp. 99-109.<br></div></div>
Nuclear Engineering;Nuclear Fuels
TREAT Division Director
Shawn Hill has more than 35 years of experience in operations, maintenance, training, engineering, and research at nuclear facilities. Shawn is currently the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Operations Division Director and is responsible for safe and efficient operations and research at MFC. Shawn started his nuclear career in 1985 in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program. He served six years, including time teaching students at the A1W prototype and time aboard the fast attack submarine USS Grayling, SSN-646. In 1991, upon completion of his service to the Navy, Shawn returned to Idaho and began work at Argonne National Laboratory West (ANL-W). From 1993 through 2007, Shawn worked at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) in maintenance, training, and operations, certifying as the Advanced Test Reactor Critical (ATRC) facility Reactor Supervisor, Nuclear Material Inspection and Storage (NMIS) facility supervisor, and ATR Senior Reactor Operator/Shift Supervisor. From 2007 to 2012, Shawn worked for DOE-ID as a Facility Representative and Federal Project Director for the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU). Shawn returned to ATR in the fall of 2012 as the ATR Training Manager, a position he held until being appointed the ATR Operations Division Director in 2013 where he served six years. In 2019, Shawn accepted his current position as the Operations Division Director at MFC.
<div class="ExternalClassE80F500079934FB8B6C2730C9BAA907E"><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Bachelor's degree, nuclear engineering technolo</span><span style="font-size:16px;">gy</span><br></p></div>
MFC Operations Division Director
Abdul joined INL in September 2020 as the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) Chief Scientist. Prior to joining INL, he worked at the Westinghouse Electric Company, starting in 1994 as a senior research engineer in the area of radiation detection instrumentation and nondestructive inspection systems. He went on to other positions of increasing responsibility at the company, eventually becoming Director for Plant Technologies and Product Development with oversight of programs that included advanced reactor development and materials research and testing.
<div class="ExternalClass6D7F54D6CF694CE8A142A844131F747D"><p> Bachelor's degree, nuclear engineering, University of California-Berkeley </p><p>Master's degree, nuclear engineering, Pennsylvania State University</p><p>Ph.D., nuclear engineering, Pennsylvania State University<br><br></p></div>
MFC Chief Scientist
David Coates is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC), a position he has held since September 2019. In this role, David provides operational and organizational leadership in achieving overall directorate objectives. As the COO, David coordinates with the MFC Associate Laboratory Director to improve directorate performance through the development and implementation of a strategic approach to operations, fostering excellent human performance, nuclear safety culture and integrating MFC improvements with INL. David has an extensive background in nuclear plant operations and management including experience in the U.S. Navy and commercial nuclear power plant operations. Prior to joining INL, David conducted extensive oversight, evaluation and assessment, and assistance activities to promote excellence in the nuclear industry through the auspices of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). David has led performance improvement efforts in domestic and foreign nuclear power plants and domestic and foreign laboratories throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Romania, and France. David’s areas of expertise include organizational effectiveness (OR), nuclear safety culture, operations, maintenance, work management, training, independent oversight, quality assurance, performance improvement, and operating experience. David has served in various leadership roles at INPO, WANO, Progress Energy (now part of Duke Energy), and the United States Navy. David’s professional activities have taken him to seven foreign nuclear power plants in five countries, over thirty domestic nuclear power plants, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor & material processing facilities, and Canada’s Chalk River Laboratory – National Research Universal.
MFC Chief Operating Officer