Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Management of the Nuclear Enterprise: Course Preview


Dr. Kyle Turner


Chief Executive Officer, McCallum-Turner, Inc.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Steve Biegalski


This seminar will briefly introduce the NEM concentration and then focus on discussing the associated flagship NRE course “Management of the Nuclear Enterprise” (NRE 8803). This course is designed to provide students insights into the unique challenges of and techniques for managing highly technical, potentially hazardous operations, i.e., those in the Nuclear Enterprise. The course objective is to prepare students for the responsibilities they will have as practitioners, as well as providing the skills needed as their careers advance to increasing levels of responsibility. The seminar will provide a brief overview of the course content, focusing primarily on the over-arching principles that underpin management systems used in the Nuclear Enterprise and the challenges associated with maintaining fidelity of the systems in highly competitive and budget-limited environments. Also discussed will be an overview of the relationship between NEM systems and risk management. Also provided will be a description of the approach to course delivery, including the objective of maintaining relevance to current industry needs and challenges. Feedback is highly encouraged.


Kyle Turner’s more than 30 years of experience has been focused on the effective management for deployment and operation of nuclear technologies. His professional practice has been devoted to design and implementation of systems, processes, and techniques necessary to address the unique challenges of managing activities in the nuclear enterprise. Dr. Turner’s assignments have included design, implementation, assessment, and performance improvement for management processes such as safety management, conduct of operations, work planning and control, strategic decision management, assurance systems (feedback and improvement), corrective action management, quality assurance, and public information. Clients have included resource development and processing companies, nuclear utilities, reactor vendors, US national laboratories, venture capital companies, and private and academic testing and research organizations. Dr. Turner has more than 20 publications on nuclear power plant licensing and nuclear waste management, and he has served on the Woodruff School and Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Advisory Board since 2003. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 1996 and the College’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013. He received the American Nuclear Society Leadership Award (1996), and served on the Society’s Board of Directors 1999 – 2003, was Treasurer (2001 through 2003), and Chair, Power Division 2000 through 2001.


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