Daniel G. Stoddard
Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Power Generation Group, Dominion Energy
Daniel G. “Dan” Stoddard is senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, Power Generation Group.
He joined Dominion in July 2006 as director-Nuclear Station Safety & Licensing, and was named site vice president North Anna Power Station later that year. He assumed the post of vice president-Nuclear Operations in February 2010, and was promoted to senior vice president-Nuclear Operations in May 2011. He added the title of chief nuclear officer in October 2016.
Prior to joining the company, Stoddard was plant general manager at Progress Energy’s H.B. Robinson nuclear station in Hartsville, S.C. He held several positions at Robinson starting in August 1992.
As a member of the U.S. Navy, Stoddard served as commissioned officer and master instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1989 to 1992 and as a commissioned officer on the USS James K. Polk from 1987 to 1989.
Stoddard is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the American Nuclear Society.
A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, Stoddard earned his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Sama Bilbao y León
Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, NEA
Dr Sama Bilbao y León joined the NEA as Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics in June 2018. She leads the NEA activities in the fields of technology, economics, resources and interactions with civil society.
Dr Bilbao y León has 18 years of experience in the nuclear field, in both academia and the private sector, as well as with international organisations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Prior to her appointment at the NEA, she served as the Director of Nuclear Engineering Programmes and Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she was part of a pioneering team that started the VCU nuclear engineering programme. Previously she also worked as a nuclear safety analysis engineer at Dominion Energy in the United States.
A dual American and Spanish citizen, Dr Bilbao y León holds PhD and Master’s degrees in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in energy technologies from the Technical University of Madrid, as well as an MBA from Averett University. During her successive posts in academic institutions in the United States and Spain, her experience included cutting-edge research on nuclear thermal-hydraulics for both light water reactors and sodium-cooled reactors, nuclear reactor design, nuclear safety, energy and environmental policy, and complex decision making.
Senior Vice President, Vogtle Units 3&4 Project Director, Bechtel
Brian Reilly is a Senior Vice President with Bechtel. He is currently serving as the Bechtel Project Director for the Plant Vogtle Units 3&4 Project in Waynesboro, Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for directing construction completion of two new Gen III+ nuclear units, which will provide power to more than half a million homes when complete.
Brian has 38 years of engineering, construction and project management experience and has been a consistent leader in the power and environmental management industries. His previous positions with Bechtel span the spectrum of engineering and construction services to management of major projects to key positions in business line management.
Before joining the Vogtle team, Brian was Project Director for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Project being built for the U.S. Department of Energy in Richland, Washington. Before WTP, Brian was the Project Director for the $6.5B Uranium Processing Facility Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Brian has also previously served as the global manager of operations for the Bechtel Nuclear Power business, encompassing operating plant services, major modifications and new generation.
Brian holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Rutgers University. He is the President-elect of the Engineers Without Borders-USA Board of Directors, Chairman of the Rutgers University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and past Chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Supplier Advisory Committee.
Dr. John E. Kelly is the President of the American Nuclear Society. Recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy as the Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for establishing the strategic technical direction for the Office of Nuclear Energy’s research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolios. Prior to assuming the duties of Chief Technology Officer, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies. His office was responsible for the civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which included programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactors, and Generation IV reactors. Dr. Kelly also chaired the Generation IV International Forum and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy. Prior to joining the DOE in 2010, Dr. Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. Dr. Kelly received his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.