Robert L. Rothman, Ph.D.

rothman_billRobert Rothman is a Geophysics Consultant to Talisman with over 40 years experience in geophysics. In his capacity as a consultant with Talisman, Dr. Rothman has provided expertise in the areas of seismology, geology and seismic engineering. He has reviewed Sections of the Design Certification Documents (DCD) for MHI/MNES related to damping values, steel liner plate strain near PCCV penetrations and local stress evaluations of the steel liner plate. Additionally, he prepared a report for a Talisman international client in which he gave detailed information on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) current seismic siting criteria, rules and regulations, and an industry standard. The client has proposed a nuclear power plant design using a Regulatory Guide 1.60 seismic design spectrum with a 0.3 g zero period acceleration. The report contained a discussion on areas of the eastern and central United States where this design would be appropriate.

Prior to joining Talisman, Dr. Rothman was a member of the Senior Review Panel for the preparation of the Safety Analysis Report for the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant Early Site Permit application. He has experience in reviewing the geology and seismology for technical correctness and compliance with the NRC’s rules, regulations, regulatory guides and standard review plan. Dr. Rothman was also a Geophysics Consultant to Information Systems Laboratories. He provided review and comments on the Nuclear Power Industry’s proposed new plant seismic issues resolution program. With the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), he collaborated in a proposal to resolve generic seismic issues in a timeframe to support the siting and licensing of a new generation of nuclear power plants. Dr. Rothman was also involved in the resolutions program that updated the regulatory guidance.

Dr. Rothman retired from the NRC in 2001 as Chief of the Geosciences Section within the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.  He received a B.S. in Geology from Brooklyn College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Pennsylvania State University.