Michael Mayfield is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to Talisman. He has over 40 years of engineering, research and management experience. His research experience emphasized structural integrity assessments of piping and pressure vessels, drawing on both analytical and experimental efforts. His extensive experience directing the Engineering Divisions in three of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) major offices, included responsibilities for mechanical, materials, structural, electrical, and electronics engineering disciplines.
He has extensive experience in national and international codes and standards activities, having served on various ASTM and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) committees, as the NRC representative to the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, and as the NRC’s Standards Executive. He was the NRC representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Safety Standards Committee for several years, as well as serving on various Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and IAEA special groups.
Mr. Mayfield was also involved in developing a regulatory environment and licensing construct specifically aimed at innovative reactor designs and technologies, known as Small Modular Reactors and Advanced (or non-light water) reactors. He was instrumental in creating and leading the NRC’s organization responsible for addressing the technical, regulatory, and policy issues that are pivotal to the regulatory success of these new technologies.
Mr. Mayfield spent the last year of his career at NRC serving as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of New Reactors. In this capacity, he was responsible for the full spectrum of technical, regulatory, inspection, and licensing activities for the nation’s new and advanced reactors. He was heavily engaged in resolving the regulatory issues affecting the successful construction of the AP 1000’s at the Vogtle site, the technical issues facing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) design during certification review, and providing continuing oversight of the NRC’s program to address the licensing of Advanced Reactors.
He holds a B.S. in Physics from Missouri Southern State College and an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.