Richard P. (Jenks) Johnson

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




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. Coordinated international assessments of large deterministic state-of-the-art computer codes that model phenomenology in nuclear power plants and experimental facilities. 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. Many other accomplishments.



2010 - present: Principal Nuclear Engineering Consultant, Rick Johnson Consulting.  Assisting organizations with innovation and planning.  Leading international teams to collaborate on  nuclear energy programs.  Performing independent technical reviews.  Coordinating international peer reviews of nuclear power systems, nuclear simulation computer codes, policies and standards.  Accomplishing nuclear severe accident assessment, PIRT development, and thermal-hydraulic simulation and analysis.  Assisting with nuclear energy research and other nuclear engineering and project management tasks.

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.


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.


1997 - 1999: Founder and Director, Telecommuting Safety & Health Benefits Institute (TSHBI). Created concept that increased telecommuting saves lives and improves the health for millions of people worldwide. Founded a web-based institute to promote concept to government agencies, business leaders, and the public. Received acclaim for this effort. Columnist for Telecommute magazine.


1984 - 97: Section Leader / Technical Staff Member, University of California - Los Alamos National Laboratory. Supported development and operation of the Office of Safety Regulations (OSR) for US Department of Energy - Richland Operations. Co-author of ORP foundation documents and a primary author of DOE/RL-96-0004. Coordinator of international code assessment project (SR5CAP) for US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Resident engineer and technical support for DOE-funded work at Hanford, Washington site. Previously, chaired NRC-funded international experts review of SCDAP/RELAP5 severe-accident simulation computer code. Performed MIST calculations using the MELCOR PRA severe-accident analysis code. One-year research leave to Nuclear Electric, plc, United Kingdom for assessment of post-critical heat flux models in the TRAC power plant safety analysis computer code. First five years performed safety studies related to nuclear facility transient behavior, MELPROG/TRAC simulation and analyses, TRAC code assessment, and TRAC computer code user support.


1983 - 84: Nuclear Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Responsible for verification and benchmarking of numerous boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel-management computer codes, development and coordination of BWR core on-line monitoring system benchmarking and fuel management / reload analysis.


1982 - 83: Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University. Responsible for operation of high-speed motion neutron radiographic facility and construction of Sphere-Pac fuel shear-testing apparatus.


1975 - 81: Consulting Nuclear Engineer for mineral-detection manufacturer.


1972 - 73: Technician, Teledyne Wah Chang. Mass spectroscopy, other laboratory techniques.


EDUCATION, PUBLICATIONS, HONORS and AWARDS: MS/BS, Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University. Numerous technical reports, papers, articles, newsletters. Member American Nuclear Society. Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Nu Sigma honor societies. President of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Substitute teaching license (K-12). Private pilot. Harney County Planning Commission Member.




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Rick Johnson, 69854 Crane Buchanan Rd., Burns, OR 97720 USA

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