- AS, Mechanical/Construction Engineering, State Technical Institute, Knoxville, Tennessee, graduated with high honors, 1983
- Major courses included:
Introduction to rotating machines, Instrumentation, Strength and Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Technical Drawing
- Mechanical Engineering Certificate, Case Western Reserve University, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, 1978
- Attended a summer program in mechanical engineering. Major field of study, Metallurgy
- 1989-Present – UT Battelle, Oak Ridge, Technical Support Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Corrosion Science & Technology Group
- Assist in project design concepts in the preparation and development of experimental systems. This includes specifications and other related documentation.
- Provides assistance in review of technical documentation in support of the procurement of experimental equipment.
- Aids in the preparation and development of integrated; installation, test, and commissioning plans for experimental systems and related equipment.
- Provides technical support during the assembly, installation, testing, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of experimental equipment and other related systems.
- Ensures compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements, including ISMS. This could include analyzing system/equipment problems and troubleshooting equipment failures and operational deficiencies as well as defining facility system design and safety envelope requirements.
- Operates equipment that assist in the development of materials to include intermetallics, oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys, modified steels, metallic and ceramic coatings which leads to improved performance of corrosion resistance alloys. Materials tested in oxidizing environments utilizing complex experimental equipment.
- Assist in the operation of closed loop thermal convection systems to assess the long-term, high temperature compatibility of high electrical resistance coatings and alloys with flowing lithium at high temperatures for fusion applications. Extreme hazards involved in operation of equipment.
- 1984-1989 – Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Technician, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, (Tennessee Valley Authority)
- Engineering Aide - Design Service Complex
- Responsible for planning, design, engineering calculations and construction related to standard tasks for varying scope water resource systems projects. Provide support services to engineer and/or engineer manager for activities including planning functions, design, facility layout, cost estimates and/or basic engineering calculations. Maintain CAD workstations, directories and archives. Perform field surveys and field inspections to insure standards are met and proper records are kept.
- 1983 to 1984 – Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Tennessee Valley Authority)
- Engineering Aide - Hangers Design
- Assisted in the inspection of installed hangers and, where necessary, designed new hanger supports. Promoted to System Engineer over Spent Fuel Pool System at Watts Bar.