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NE Colloquium: Travis Tate

Title: "Licensing and Oversight of Non-Power Production and Utilization Facilities."

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) applies risk-informed and performance-based approaches to licensing and oversight of advanced reactors and non-power production and utilization facilities (NPUF), including research reactors, testing facilities, and medical radioisotope facilities. The Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) conducts the design reviews and initial licensing reviews for advanced reactors and NPUFs submitted under 10 CFR Parts 50 and 52. NRR applies insights from engineering, systems analysis, and consequence analysis to the reviews of licensing actions, preparation of regulatory guidance documents, resolution of policy issues, development of operator licensing examinations, and conduct of safety and security inspections. NRR also supports international coordination programs for the oversight of advanced reactors and NPUFs and consults on the export and import of nuclear technology and material.

This seminar presents NRR’s oversight responsibility for the regulation and licensing of operating research and test reactors. There are three major oversight responsibilities for operating research and test reactors: Program Management, Inspection, and Operator Licensing.

Travis Tate is branch chief of the Non-Power Production and Utilization Facility Oversight Branch, Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-Power Production and Utilization Facilities, NRR. Prior to this position, he served as branch chief of the Criticality, Shielding and Risk Assessment Branch, Division of Spent Fuel Management, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. Tate has also served in various other branch chief positions including the Licensing Branch, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing; the Accident Dose Branch, Division of Risk Assessment; and the Program Operations Branch, Division of License Renewal, within NRR.

Tate joined the NRC in January 2001 as a Licensing Project Manager (PM) in NRR. He has also served as technical assistant (TA) to the Director of the Division of Component Integrity, NRR, and TA to the Associate Director for Engineering and Safety Systems, NRR. Prior to joining the NRC, he was employed as a staff nuclear engineer with Science Applications International Corporation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and provided nuclear facility safety analysis, transportation package safety analysis, and nuclear criticality safety analysis support at various US Department of Energy facilities.

He was selected to the NRC’s Leadership Potential Program class of 2009 and received the NRC’s Meritorious Service Award for Equal Employment Opportunity Excellence in 2012. Travis graduated from UT with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering in 1992.

Tate is also on the board of advisors for UTNE.

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Zoom Meeting ID: 933 9681 2886
Password: 743022

Wednesday, October 28 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, Prospective Students


NE Colloquium, NE Fall 2020


Nuclear Engineering
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