Detailed Resume for Richard P. (Jenks) Johnson

 


PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Support organizational missions by analyzing systems and producing creative solutions.

 

PRIMARY SKILLS:

 

WORK SUMMARY:

Thirty years international experience in the nuclear field. Recently adapted the Necessary and Sufficient Set of Standards (NSSS) concept to create a hazards-based, facility-specific approach contractors use for identifying standards they must follow to ensure adequate safety of a nuclear facility. Previously performed thermal-hydraulic nuclear facility simulations and analyses. Developed and assessed nuclear safety computer codes and provided user support. Accomplished technical reviews and safety assessments. Directed a nonprofit institute advocating telecommuting to save lives, prevent injuries, and improve health for information-age workers.

Coordinated a major US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) international Cooperative Assessment Program called SR5CAP. Prior to that, on change-of-station assignment supporting development and operation of the Office of Safety Regulation (OSR) for the US Department of Energy - Richland Operations (DOE-RL). (Co-author of the ORP foundation documents and a primary author of DOE/RL-96-0004.) Also, provided liaison and technical support for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) waste-tank hydrogen mitigation safety assessment work at Hanford (for tank 101-SY).

Chaired an international peer review committee funded by the NRC. Was also a LANL staff member selected for advanced thermal-hydraulic research in England at Nuclear Electric, plc. Served as a resident engineer to NRC Office of Research. Past Leader of the NRC Reactor Applications Section at LANL and Principal Investigator for power plant simulation programs. Strong background in World Wide Web site design, development and maintenance, telework, software user support, thermal-hydraulic computer code development and advanced nuclear systems safety. Earlier background includes in-core / out-of-core nuclear fuel management for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and work with on-line nuclear core monitoring software.


CAREER:

2008 - 2009:  Senior Nuclear Engineer / Safety Analyst, NuScale Power Inc. Responsible for evaluation of severe accident prevention and mitigation features of the NuScale Power Nuclear Plant design to comply with NRC regulations contained in 10 CFR 52 and 10 CFR 50 as well as policy and guidelines contained in NUREG-0800.

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1999 - 2007: Semiretired. Participating in startup of a family business (Litehouse Technology, LLC).  Some work performing nuclear regulatory policy review, though most accomplishments during this period involved managing personal finances, developing real estate, ranching, and working on other projects at home, while devoting more time to family.

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1997 - 1999: Founder and Director, Telecommuting Safety & Health Benefits Institute (TSHBI)

Project: Created the concept that increased telecommuting can save lives and improve health for millions of people worldwide. Founded an international institute to promote concept to government agencies, business leaders, and the public. Developed web site for transfer of information: http://rickjohnsonconsulting.com/telecommutesafe/index.html Columnist for Telecommute Magazine. Feedback and Endorsements: http://rickjohnsonconsulting.com/telecommutesafe/email/endorse980416.html Featured in several articles, including June 1999 issue of Home Office Computing and January 24, 1998 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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1993 - 97: Technical Staff Member, Safety Assessment Group, TSA-10, Nuclear Design & Analysis, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: Coordination of an international SCDAP/RELAP5 Cooperative Assessment Program for the USNRC. Also worked as a principal developer of the process that TWRS Contractors follow to identify "necessary and sufficient" radiological, nuclear, and process safety standards at Hanford site. Assisted in creating a new framework for regulation by DOE-RL. Previously, on-site liaison/resident engineer to enhance technical exchanges and communications between LANL and Westinghouse Hanford Corporation on Hanford Waste Tank work (specifically LANL's safety assessment of the "Tank 101-SY mitigation of episodic hydrogen gas releases"). Most of this project was accomplished while telecommuting from my home office in Burns, Oregon with periodic flights to Richland in our private airplane.

Supervisor(s): Charles R. Bell, TSA-10 , MS K575, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, 505-672-3712 bellcharlesr@yahoo.com; . Kemal O. Pasamehmetoglu, TSA-10, MS K575, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, 505-667-9062. kemal.pasamehmetoglu@inl.gov; and Jack Edwards (previously) Note: to prevent spam Mr. Edwards has requested that potential employers initially obtain his mailing address, email address, and phone number directly from Rick Johnson (rickjohnson1950@gmail.com or 1-541-493-2212). Mr. Edwards will then provide potential employers a reference for work that Rick accomplished.

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1992 - 93: Staff Member, Terrestrial Reactor Technology Section, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: Independent Assessment of MELCOR code. Tasks involve implementing code on various platforms, developing input model using an existing TRAC model of the Multiple Integral Systems Test (MIST) facility, performing transient simulations, analyzing results and documenting the assessment results. Most of this project was accomplished while telecommuting from my home office in Burns, Oregon with periodic flights to Los Alamos in our private airplane.

Supervisor(s): Brent E. Boyack, Leader, Terrestrial Reactor Technology Section, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, MS K551, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545. bmboyack@msn.com

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1991 - 93: Staff Member, Terrestrial Reactor Technology Section, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: Chaired an international USNRC-funded SCDAP/RELAP5 Independent Peer Review Committee. Directed effort involving recognized international experts in the severe-accident field reviewing the technical adequacy of large safety systems computer code. Involved organizing committee, enhancing and implementing review procedures, setting up and assigning review activities, conducting peer review meetings, gaining consensus of members for a multitude of review issues, and publishing a final review summary report. Involved extensive communications between remote locations, periodic travel to meeting sites, interaction with universities, government, national laboratories, international organizations, private and other organizations (much of which was performed from my remote home workstation in Oregon as a telecommuter). Required budgeting and project management of consultants and subcontractors.

Supervisor(s): Brent E. Boyack, Leader, Terrestrial Reactor Technology Section, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, MS K551, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545. bmboyack@msn.com

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1990 - 91: Staff Scientist, Nuclear Electric, plc, Barnwood, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

Project: Thermal-hydraulic research assessing post-critical heat flux (CHF) models in the TRAC-PF1/MOD2 power plant safety analysis computer code. Performed sensitivity studies of peak clad temperature (PCT) to post-CHF heat transfer uncertainties for a postulated large break loss-of-coolant accident in the Sizewell B pressurized water reactor. Refined and improved comparison calculations between TRAC and post-CHF heat transfer experiments. Eighteen experiments in four test facilities were used in all for the code assessment exercise. Work led to development of a biasing factor for wall-to-liquid heat transfer, which gave overall improved agreement with the PCTs measured in the experiments. Provided advice and guidance on the development of new TRAC PWR model and training for relatively new TRAC users.

Supervisor(s): Keith Ardron and Peter Hall, Safety Technology Branch, Technology Division, Nuclear Electric, plc, Barnett Way, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 7RS, UK.

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1989 - 90: Section Leader, DOE/NPR Severe Accident Analysis Project and NRC Reactor Applications, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: Supervised a team that acquired and used severe accident analysis tools (systems computer codes) for an expanding DOE/NPR project. Also provided technical direction, coordination, and administrative leadership for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Reactor Applications Section. Focus was to conceptualize, develop, promote and implement a new analysis technology, involving state-of-the-art graphical user interfaces, that enhance the value of our product (which is thermal-hydraulic and severe-accident analyses). This project involved defining the desired product in the context of our analysis needs, and more importantly the needs of our funding agency, working out a schedule that would realistically lead us to this enhancement considering cost and identifying an acceptable level of demonstrated performance by the new technology. Involved recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training technical staff, as well as conducting employee performance evaluations.

Supervisor(s): John R. Ireland, Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, MS K551, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545.

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1988 - 89: Nuclear Engineer, Principal Investigator, Safety Assessment Group, N-6, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: MELPROG/TRAC Code Integration. Provided technical lead and support for completion of all tasks associated with this program. Principally responsible for degraded core analysis of the TMI-2 accident in coordination with the USNRC Severe Accident Evaluation Branch and the TMI-2 Standard Problem Exercise sponsored by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France) and CSNI, both international organizations.

Supervisor(s): Jay W. Spore, Group N-6, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, MS K557, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, 505-667-7573 jspore@islinc.com

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1988 - 88: Visiting Scientist, Reactor and Plant Systems Branch, Reactor Systems Branch, Division of Reactor System Safety, NL5650, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555.

Project: USNRC/Los Alamos Liaison (two-month assignment). Supported Dr. Gene Rhee on programmatic activities involving both domestic and international researchers.

Supervisor(s): Gene Rhee, Reactor and Plant Systems Branch, Division of Systems Technology, USNRC, Washington, D.C. 20555, mail stop T10E46, 301-415-6489. gsr@nrc.gov

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1985 - 88: Principal Investigator, Safety Code Development Group, N-9, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Project: Responsible for four activities - International Code Assessment Program, Domestic TRAC-PF1/MOD2 Code User Support, Code Maintenance Supervision, and Degraded Core Code Development. Provided technical lead, direction and support for completion of all tasks associated with these activities and coordinated support efforts by group staff members involved in Code User Support activities.

Supervisor(s): Jay W. Spore, Group N-6, Nuclear Technology and Engineering Division, MS K553, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, 505-667-7573. jspore@islinc.com

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1984 - 85: Staff Member, Safety Applications Group, Q-7, Energy Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM. 

Project: : Performed and documented numerous TRAC-PF1/MOD1 thermal-hydraulic simulations and safety analyses of reactor transients in nuclear power plants. 

Supervisor(s): : Dr. Brent Boyack, Associate Group Leader, Group Q-7, Energy Division, MS K555, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545

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1983 - 84: Nuclear Engineer, BWR Fuel Engineering, Nuclear Fuel Division, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Project: Responsible for verification and benchmarking of numerous BWR fuel management codes, development and coordination of BWR core on-line monitoring system benchmarking, and implementation of core on-line monitoring system on mini-computer. Performed numerous fuel management analyses, including reload analysis, cold critical/hot critical bias evaluation , rod sequencing, and in-depth fuel cycle analysis (IFCA computer code). 

Supervisor(s): Dr. P. K. Doshi, Manager, BWR Fuel Engineering, Nuclear Fuel Division, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Power Systems, P.O. Box 3912, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230. 

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1982 - 83: Faculty Research Assistant / Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 

Project: Experiments - High Speed Motion Neutron Radiography. Responsible for operation of neutron radiographic facility that provides motion pictures of dynamic processes lasting from one to ten milliseconds. Constructed sphere-pac fuel shear-testing apparatus and performed experiments to determine friction angle for uranium-oxide fuel. 

Supervisor(s): Drs. Alan H. Robinson and K. L. Peddicord, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, 503-737-2341. k-peddicord@tamu.edu 

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1972 - 81: Various nuclear-engineering-related work including performing radioisotope studies for mineral-detection manufacturer, Philomath, Oregon. Also worked for Teledyne Wah Chang, Albany, Oregon. Performed quality control of Zirconium, Hafnium production using mass spectroscopy and other laboratory techniques. 

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COMPUTER EXPERIENCE: Thermal-hydraulics and severe-accident systems analysis code experience (TRAC, MELPROG, MELCOR, SNAP). Also, some limited experience with SCDAP/RELAP5 applications. Fuel management computer code experience (PHOENIX, POLCA, KENO, CONDOR, THERMOS, LEOPARD, BAIPO, POREF, DCORR, BAREST, BUFUSK). Fuel cycle code experience (IFCA). On line core surveillance and process computer code experience (POLCA/UPDAT, COMPUS). Development and application of various FORTRAN, Pascal and BASIC programs for microcomputers and mainframes (and some experience with Java and C coding) on Cray, CDC, VAX, IBM, Apple, Macintosh, SUN platforms). Competent or familiar with CTSS, UNICOS, VAX/VMS, DOS, UNIX, IBM and Macintosh operating systems. Modeling and simulation studies done with Monte Carlo statistical methods (DRAW, SIMLIB, GASP). Extensive experience with plotting and regression routines, and 3D graphics packages (GRAFFIT, TEMPLATE, HIPLOT, DISPLA, etc). Microcomputer and mainframe word-processing experience. Proficient with Gopher, World Wide Web, HTML and various other network-related software and hardware.  Experience with Tex, Excel, Word, Photoshop, Acrobat Exchange, Claris Home Page, Fetch, GraphicConverter, MacDraw, Norton, ResEdit, Stuffit, Zipit, Zterm and other mainframe or desktop applications. Skilled with WWW web site development, networking and "telecommuting" (working via Internet and other forms of telecommunications from a remote workstation).

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EDUCATION: B.S. / M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University, June 1974 / June 1983; Integrated Minors: Statistics and Numerical Methods; Major Professor: Dr. K. L. Peddicord; k-peddicord@tamu.edu; Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1968 - 1970.

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TRAINING: Numerous project management, line management, and communication-improvement type company-sponsored courses taken including Leadership-Training program curricula. 

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PROFESSIONAL / HONORS and AWARDS: American Nuclear Society Member. Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society for Nuclear Science & Engineering. President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Nu Chapter, 1970, Member Harney County Planning Commission.

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SECURITY CLEARANCES: DOE Q (previous); DOD Secret (previous) 

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LICENSES: Private Pilot (PPSEL, ~800 hours), Substitute Teacher (K-12)

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