Ahmad M. Al-Daouk
Deputy Associate Administrator for Enterprise Stewardship
National Nuclear Security Administration
Mr. Ahmad Al-Daouk is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) and serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Enterprise Stewardship at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently responsible for the executive leadership and oversight of strategic partnerships with component leaders across NNSA and Department of Energy (DOE). He assures the development and delivery of enterprise cost-effective solutions to current and emerging national priorities in the offices of packaging and transportation, nuclear materials integration, and sustainability and environmental stewardship and radioactive waste management.
Prior to this position, Ahmad served as the Director of the NNSA Office of Packaging and Transportation (OPT). In this capacity he served as the NNSA Certifying Official for offsite shipments of materials of national security interest and other hazardous radioactive materials. He provided leadership in the vital areas of transportation safety policies and implementation of transportation safety requirements across the NNSA enterprise. Before becoming the OPT Director, he served as the National Security Department Manager in the NNSA Office of Technical Services. His responsibilities included the management and oversight of developing, implementing, and managing of assigned domestic and international program and project tasks. This supported the nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear materials integration, and the certification for shipments of materials of national security interests.
Before joining NNSA in 2005, Ahmad spent nearly 14 years at the DOE’s Idaho Operations Office and the Ohio Field Office/West Valley Demonstration Project. He was responsible for several projects that dealt with operations, engineering designs, constructions, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and waste management. A few significant projects he worked on during that time include the decommissioning of the High-Level Radioactive Waste Vitrification Facility, processing several hot cells used during the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing campaigns, and spent nuclear fuel storage pools. He managed the spent nuclear fuel loading operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission certifications of two 125 ton spent nuclear fuel casks, interfaced with nine corridor states, two tribes and negotiated contracts with four different railroad carriers. A notable accomplishment during this time period was in 2003, when he managed and successfully completed one of the largest single cross-country shipments of Spent Nuclear Fuel from New York to Idaho.
Norbert S. Doyle
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisition and Project Management
Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Norbert S. Doyle is the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisition and Project Management, for the Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy, located in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the Head of the Contracting Activity. The Office of Environmental Management awards almost $7 billion of contracts annually and has projects valued at approximately $20 billion in support of the world’s largest cleanup program. “Norb” was selected for this position in April, 2018. He is responsible for project management oversight as well as the contract award and administration processes for all Environmental Management contracts. He joined the Department of Energy in 2015. Norb retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel in 2008. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, University of Florida, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Ms. Echols serves as the president of FireWater, LLC which is a woman owned small nuclear waste management company established in 2009. Ms. Echols is responsible for directly growth and expansion of the company’s business with government and commercial clients. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the environmental and waste management areas beginning her career as a health physicist and regulator with the state of Mississippi Division of Radiological Health. Ms. Echols has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University. Ms. Echols is active in industry organizations that support DOE clean-up missions including serving as Vice Chair of the EFCOG Waste Management Working Group.
Eric K. Knox
Vice President of Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment
Eric Knox currently serves as Vice President, Strategic Development, Nuclear & Environment for AECOM. He also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Executive Committee for the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), a leading not-for-profit think tank advocate group for nuclear energy new-build in the U.S. with more than sixty members representing an "International Who's Who" of global nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers and suppliers. As Chairman of NIC from 2011- 2014, he was the longest serving Chairman in the history of the organization.
Prior to joining AECOM, he served at the U.S. Department of Energy as Associate Director for System Operations and External Outreach in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) where he led the successful Yucca Mountain Site recommendation effort and helped conclude the successful submission of the Yucca Mountain License Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Knox served as a Senior Advisor to three Secretaries of Energy – Watkins, Abraham and Bodman; and also served as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Energy from 2002-2006. From 1990 - 1992, he served in OCRWM and as Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.
Mr. Knox has an extensive energy, business and political background. He served as President and CEO of American Target Resources, LLP, a service organization representing national not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Knox has over 25 years’ experience working with state, local and national political candidates and party organizations. In addition to his business and political endeavors, Mr. Knox spent one year supporting global medical mission efforts working with the blind and disabled. He is a graduate of Clemson University and currently serves on their Washington, DC Alumni Board and served as President of the Board from 1992-1999.
Senior Director, Fuel and Decommissioning Programs
Nuclear Energy Institute
Rod McCullum has been working on regulatory issues at NEI since 1998. He has 30 years of nuclear engineering, licensing, management and regulatory policy experience. Currently, at NEI, he leads industry efforts to reduce business risks associated with used nuclear fuel management, commercial nuclear power plant decommissioning, emergent material degradation issues, and the introduction of accident tolerant fuels by directing broad scope technical and regulatory programs. He held prior positions in Government (with the Department of Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear power plants). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and a Master of Business Administration degree (Lewis University, 2000).
Vice President Business Development and Sales
Tammy Monday has over 30 years’ experience in the environmental and nuclear industry supporting Commercial, Federal and International clients solving their waste management challenges. Tammy joined Studsvik in May 2019 as the Vice President of Business Development and Sales where she will continue to use her technical knowledge and years of industry experience to provide cost effective solutions that mitigate client's risk. Prior to joining Studsvik, Tammy served in a variety of capacities with Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. With Perma-Fix, she served as Vice President of Waste Services Sales and Business Development planning and directing all aspects of the division’s business development and sales program for the Government, Commercial and International waste services markets. Prior to that role, she was Director of Sales focusing primarily on DOE sites across the Complex. In her early years with Perma-Fix, she managed the Customer Service Division which included responsibility for Perma-Fix’s waste brokerage services, waste shipments and meeting customer’s needs and expectations. Tammy has been an active member of the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) since 2012 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Waste Management Working Group and Chair of the Challenging Waste Subgroup.
Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Nicole Nelson-Jean is serving as the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for the Office of Environmental Management (EM). Nelson-Jean has overriding responsibility to support the 16 EM field sites working throughout the nation to clean up and safely disposition large volumes of nuclear waste, safeguard and prepare for disposition of nuclear materials, deactivate and decommission several thousand radiologically and chemically contaminated facilities, and remediate extensive surface and groundwater contamination.
Prior to this position, Nelson-Jean served as the Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Savannah River Field Office providing oversight for the management, security, quality assurance, environment, health, safety, nonproliferation, and national security missions for the Savannah River Site.
Nelson-Jean’s years of experience includes environmental management, infrastructure, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear energy, nonproliferation, business and contract management. She has held numerous positions domestically and abroad for the Department of Energy and NNSA. She was the Manager of the Livermore Field Office and Senior Advisor to the Acting NNSA Administrator at the Los Alamos Site Office.
She began her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Office of Environmental Management and then moved to the Nonproliferation and International Technology where she supplied technical analysis regarding foreign civil, military, and commercial technological advances in countries of a proliferation concern.
Nelson-Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grambling State University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and a master’s degree in strategic security studies from National Defense University. She also completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.