The CASL organizational structure (see chart) has proven to accommodate necessary program priority changes and risk management actions during CASL’s lifetime, yet possess a primary structure that is stable and functional. Major features include:
- Central, integrated management working predominately from a single location at ORNL: Director with full line authority and accountability for all aspects of CASL; Deputy Direct to drive program planning, performance, and assessment; Chief Scientist to drive science-based elements; Focus Area Leads and Deputies with responsibility for the core science and engineering elements; Collaboration and Ideation Officer responsible for Virtual Office Community and Computing Lab project execution and integration across the core elements;
- Strong science, engineering, applications, and design leadership;
- A commitment to the one-roof approach and widespread implementation of state-of-the-art collaboration technology;
- Well-informed and timely decision making and program integration;
- Independent oversight and review via an external Board of Directors, which advises on annual performance goals, tactical and strategic plans, and performance metrics;
- Integrated technical project management across CASL for scheduling and budget and an integrated operations team providing clear leadership for environment, safety, and health; finance; program review; business management; quality; and security;
- Robust technology transfer and partnerships office to ensure efficient, widespread industrial engagement and coordinated management of intellectual property, ensuring that CASL discoveries and VERA will be translated rapidly to commercial applications.
Dr. David Kropaczek CASL Director
Dave Kropaczek joined ORNL in 2018 as CASL Director. Davecomes to us after serving as CASL Chief Scientist for 2 years and brings more than 25 years of nuclear experience to the position of CASL Director, most recently serving as the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Prior to that Dave served as president and chief executive officer of Studsvik Scandpower, Inc. and in other positions at Studsvik Scandpower, General Electric, and Westinghouse. His career has been focused on developing and applying light water reactor analysis methods within these positions and his areas of expertise include computational reactor physics and nuclear fuel cycles and optimization
Dr. Richard Martineau CASL Deputy Director
Dr. Richard Martineau serves as the CASL Deputy Director. Rich has worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for close to 30 years and currently serves as Director of Nuclear Science & Technology Modeling & Simulation. His areas of expertise include computational fluid dynamics, nonlinear coupling methods for multiphysics applications, andcompressible material dynamics (including stress wave phenomena and non-weapons related shock physics). In addition, Rich serves RELAP-7 Principal Investigator and as the MOOSE team lead, overseeing MOOSE-based application development, including multi-scale materials, reactor physics and radiation transport, thermal fluids, etc.
Dr. Scott Palmtag CASL Chief Technologist
The Chief Technologist, a new position in CASL, replaces the Chief Scientist role - acknowleding the shifting focus of CASL over the remaining two years with more emphasis on deploying the CASL technology to the United States Nuclear Industry. In addition to this role Scott will join NCSU full-time as a Research Professor. Scott brings over 20 years of experience working the United States Nuclear Industry and has been engaged with CASL for the last seven years in various research and leadership roles. Scott was instrumental in the development of the VERA Core Simulator. Prior to CASL Scott held positions at Global Nuclear Fuel and Studsvik Scandpower working on reactor methods development. He holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla as well as MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.