Ron Gardner is a Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has over 40 years of experience in the nuclear power industry in both the construction and operation of nuclear power plants. Prior to joining Talisman, he served as a nuclear consultant to the NRC Headquarters staff.
Mr. Gardner’s NRC career included assignments at the NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Md. and at the NRC Region III Office in Lisle, Illinois. For a number of years, beginning in 2001, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the NRC’s new Part 52 reactor plant construction program. In recognition of his extensive expertise in the Part 50 and Part 52 construction programs, he conducted numerous formal training sessions for NRC managers, project managers, and technical reviewers regarding acceptable standards for ITAAC review and construction activities related to Part 52 requirements. Prior to his work with advanced reactors, he worked in the NRC Construction Resident Inspector program and as a regional manager responsible for NRC engineering inspection activities.
Mr. Gardner led and participated in numerous routine and reactive NRC inspections at operating reactors. He was the team leader for the Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) that responded to the Davis-Besse Reactor Vessel Head Degradation event as well as team leader for the AIT which responded to the Fermi Catastrophic Turbine Failure.
He has a thorough knowledge of the construction, preoperational testing, operational, QA, and engineering applications used at nuclear power plants and has demonstrated experience in both the Part 50 and Part 52 licensing and oversight activities for the current designs of US reactors.
Mr. Gardner earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He has also completed professional training courses in the areas of probabilistic risk assessment, incident investigation, problem resolution and nuclear/construction technology.