Our board includes industry executives and professional alumni from across the nation who meet annually to discuss and develop NSE goals.
Doug Adkisson has 40-years-experience in the nuclear industry. He spent the majority of his career on commercial and DOE related projects working with Siemens, then later AREVA where held a variety of senior positions in nuclear engineering, licensing, operations, R&D and reactor services. He was a senior operating manager at AREVA’s largest U.S. nuclear fuel facility and later as VP of operations, he commissioned a joint venture building two new nuclear facilities for the DOE. Mr. Adkisson has extensive experience working with light-water reactors, managing reactor services and fuel research. He’s managed projects in the U.S., Europe and Taiwan.
Adkisson joined TerraPower in 2008 as senior vice president of operations to help launch a new technology-innovation company formed by Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries to develop nuclear energy sources that are sustainable, emission-free, and cost-competitive. Partnering with another company, TerraPower has produced a traveling wave reactor, valued for its potential to produce power from a nearly inexhaustible source of fuel. Adkisson retired from TerraPower in 2017, but remains a consultant.
He holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and an MBA from Oregon State University.
Mr. Benz specializes in the development of technology and approaches for use in both arms control and international safeguards. His nine years of experience in these areas has centered on technologies and approaches to authenticate equipment and implement chain of custody, or to maintain continuity of knowledge over treaty accountable items and material of interest. This includes tamper indicating devices and enclosures, containment and surveillance technologies, and radiation detection technologies. He is particularly focused on how to generate and maintain trust in the authenticity and integrity of technologies, and associated information, that may be negotiated for use in a future treaty. This area spans both cyber and physical domain-space to ensure the trustworthiness of potential equipment. Mr. Benz’s projects involve implementation and verification of current and future arms control treaties and collaboration with the international community on technologies and approaches for use in future multilateral arms reduction treaties. Other current work includes identifying, evaluating, and addressing how cyber security interacts with and impacts the critical national security missions within nonproliferation, international safeguards and arms control.
Gamble led major portions of the international technology program and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) pre-application review for GE’s ESBWR Gen 3 light water reactor. Subsequently, he led design finalization and preparation of the design certification application for the U.S. NRC. Prior to this, he worked on design and licensing activities on the GE ABWR and SBWR light water reactors. As part of the ABWR development activities, he led the modification of the safety systems and severe accident mitigation systems for adaptation to European/Finnish standards as a key member of the proposal team for the bid in Finland.
Gamble comes to NuScale from AREVA Solar where he completed design, construction, commissioning and startup of a 125MWe thermal solar plant as the vice president of Engineering and GM for North America Operations.
Gamble received his PhD, M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School AREVA Executive Management Training Program.
Mrs. Stephanie Harsche (nee Antoine) is currently the manager of Nuclear Design and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality for the Fuels Engineering organization at Westinghouse Electric Company in Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania. The group is tasked with supporting domestic and international customers with their reload and Spent Fuel Pool needs.
John Jackson is currently is the National Technical Director for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy’s Microreactor Program which is focused on supporting development and deployment of rapidly evolving microreactor technology. He most recently served as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Technical Interface where he ensured that the nuclear industry had facilitated and appropriate access to DOE national laboratory capability. Prior to this, John was the Industry Program Lead for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) with a focus on characterization of irradiated fuels and materials.
In these capacities, John has worked closely with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry to ensure that DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable innovation. John has over twenty years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics. He also has over three years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, Texas.
John holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.
Mr. Jordheim is currently manager of Fuel Design Neutronics at the Framatome nuclear fuel manufacturing site in Richland, WA. Fuel design engineering in Richland serves the needs of BWR fuel reload customers throughout the U.S. as well as in the Asian rim market, and is matrixed into the Framatome worldwide fuel design engineering organization.
Previous positions held by Mr. Jordheim include engineering positions at both a PWR and a BWR as well as being an SRO-Certified Operations Supervisor at a BWR. Mr. Jordheim also held positions in commercial development and sales with Siemens, where he served as a fuel contract bid proposal engineer and an engineering services proposal developer. Mr. Jordheim is a proud Oregon State University alumnus, graduating with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 1987 and an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 1991. Mr. Jordheim also holds an MBA from Washington State University.
Charles Keller is an industry consultant providing advice to utilities and non-utility customers in the evaluation of nuclear technology, decommissioning, and major projects. He has worked with clients in Asia, North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Keller has spent time working in various utilities on field assignments.
Mr. Keller also provides business development services to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. He is in the process of re-engaging US - Canada relations for nuclear R&D and laboratory services, with utilities, government organizations, and research organizations.
Mr. Keller obtained his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University. He is an active ANS member and ANS Local Section Vice Chair in Colorado.
Paul Lorenzini has extensive experience in both executive management and nuclear operations. He began his career with Atomics International, a division of Rockwell International, after earning his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University. While at Rockwell he was involved in developing safety analysis codes for design of the Liquid Metal-cooled Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR). During this period he attended law school, receiving his JD. He also became involved in the public controversy over nuclear power and was co-chair in 1976 of the California campaign committee organized to oppose an anti-nuclear initiative.
Lorenzini returned to Oregon to join a Portland law firm where he represented leaders in Eastern Oregon who intervened in state regulatory proceedings in support of a proposed nuclear plant in their community. Lorenzini later re-joined Rockwell International at the Hanford nuclear defense complex in Eastern Washington. Rockwell employed more than 5,000 people and was responsible for nuclear waste management, fuel reprocessing, the Basalt Waste Isolation Project, and major site services, such as fire, patrol, security and other common services. He subsequently was named vice president and general manager of Rockwell’s Hanford Operations.
Lorenzini joined PacifiCorp, an electric utility company in Portland, Oregon where he spent more than a decade in several executive management positions, including president of Pacific Power & Light; chief executive officer, PacifiCorp Turkey; and chief executive officer, Powercor Australia.
Lorenzini co-founded NuScale Power and served as CEO until 2012.
As Portland General Electric (PGE) Senior Vice President, Bill Nicholson currently oversees Customer Service Operations, Strategy and Business Customer Development, and Transmission and Distribution Operations Services.
Nicholson previously served as vice president of Distribution Operations and two years as vice president of Customers & Economic Development. Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of capacities in Distribution Operations and Generation Engineering.
Nicholson has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, including current service on the boards of Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon BEST (Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies) and the board of regents for the Museum at Warm Springs.
A registered professional engineer, Nicholson belongs to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
He earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University in 1980 and has successfully completed the Harvard University Program on Negotiation, the Utility Executive program from the University of Idaho and the American Leadership Forum, where he serves as a senior fellow.
Nicholson and his wife, Kathy, live in northwest Portland.
Brian Woods is the Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette Endowed Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics and the Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. He received both his Ph.D. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Woods has worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as an engineer within the Office of Environmental Restoration as well as serving for four years in the U.S. Navy as a diver. Prior to coming to Oregon State in 2003, he worked as a Nuclear Safety Analyst at Dominion Energy’s Innsbrook Technical Center outside of Richmond, Virginia. Since coming to Oregon State University he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics, nuclear systems design, fluid mechanics, neutronics, and plasma physics. His areas of interest include experimental fluid dynamics, nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics, and nuclear reactor safety.