ACRS welcomes two new members

July 25, 2023, 9:30AMNuclear News

Robert P. Martin and Thomas E. Roberts have been appointed to four-year terms on the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on July 20.


The new members: ANS member Robert P. Martin, P.E., is a nuclear industry consultant with over 30 years of experience. He previously worked at BWX Technologies, Framatome, Siemens Power, and Idaho National Laboratory. His area of expertise is the development of evaluation methodologies and models for the design and safety analysis of advanced nuclear power plant concepts. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 journal publications, articles, and conference papers, including two books, A Best-Estimate Reactor Core Monitor Using State Feedback Strategies to Resolve Uncertainties and Design-Basis Accident Analysis Methods for Light-Water Nuclear Power Plants. Martin holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Penn State University and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University.


Thomas E. Roberts brings more than 40 years of experience in the field of nuclear reactor systems and safety. Prior to his ACRS appointment, he spent 36 years as an engineer and engineering manager with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He worked in various roles providing overall technical direction in the development of digital instrumentation and control systems for nuclear-powered ships. During his last 12 years with the navy, he served as the director of reactor plant safety and analysis at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Following his naval career, he has worked as a consultant. Roberts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

About the ACRS: The ACRS is a group of highly experienced technical experts that advises the NRC independently from the commission staff on safety issues related to the licensing and operation of nuclear power plants, nuclear materials and waste management, and radiation protection.

There’s more: A list of ACRS members, with biographies, is available on the NRC website.

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