Rob Price is a Senior Nuclear Energy Consultant to Talisman. He has over 32 years of military, civilian government, private sector, and international experience with increasing responsibility in nuclear engineering and program management complemented by a master’s degree in Engineering Management. Most recently, he has been the Vice President of Engineering for a small R&D and materials fabrication business as well as a private consultant to academic and government clients. As Director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Systems Engineering and Integration, he implemented the use of systems engineering principles to support management of the nation’s nuclear fuel cycle technologies R&D program. He managed a major evaluation and screening of a comprehensive set of nuclear energy systems as the basis to focus and prioritize R&D. Mr. Price also served as the Acting Director of DOE’s Fuel Cycle R&D program, a $200+ million program that conducted cutting-edge R&D in the areas of chemical separations; sodium-cooled fast reactors; reactor fuels; radioactive wastes; structural materials; and materials protection, accountancy and control. He created and implemented the Fuel Resources R&D program to fill a gap in the Fuel Cycle R&D program with a focus on extraction of uranium from seawater; a transformational advance, if successful. He defined and implemented the small and medium-sized reactor program as part of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). As Secretariat for joint International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Uranium Group (2001-2006), Mr. Price’s primary responsibility was drafting, editing and producing the biennial publication Uranium: Resources, Production and Demand, a world-recognized reference on uranium; he managed publication of the 2001, 2003 and 2005 editions. As part of the DOE response to DNFSB Recommendation 94-1 Mr. Price led a $50+ million international procurement project to develop standardized plutonium stabilization and packaging system from conception to final implementation that resulted in cost savings estimated in excess of $10 million. Mr. Price began his career as an officer in the US Navy where he helped commission the USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723). There he qualified to be the Engineer of a nuclear-powered submarine and a Submarine Warfare Officer.
Mr. Price earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University and a Master’s equivalent in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Training Unit. He also earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.