Debra Sparkman is a Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. She is a well-recognized software quality consultant in the nuclear waste processing arena. Prior to her consulting profession, she was the principal software quality expert for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Chief of Nuclear Safety. Ms. Sparkman joined DOE in 2003 to support a Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board recommendation. In this effort, she developed DOE directives for software that either performs or supports safety functions in DOE’s nuclear facilities.
As an independent consultant, Ms. Sparkman provided assessment and recommendations for improvement of software quality and engineering practices for systems and facilities that include nuclear waste repository and processing. She established an approved American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) NQA-1 software quality program, including writing and implementing procedures, for a small business.
As a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Ms. Sparkman developed multiple independent test programs for high-integrity software, including nuclear applications, atmospheric dispersion-modeling, work-order processing, and research applications. She has extensive experience in software development across multiple programming languages and operating systems.
Ms. Sparkman has over 10 years with an American National Standards Institutes (ANSI) standard development organization. She was a key technical writer and contributor for commercial-grade dedications for computer programs and obtaining Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) endorsement for ASME NQA-1. Ms. Sparkman has held several leadership positions within ASME NQA, including Chair of the Subcommittee on Software Quality Assurance.
Ms. Sparkman holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of the Pacific.