Tom Kozak is a Nuclear Safety Consultant at Talisman. He has over 30 years of nuclear safety experience in the construction and operation of nuclear power plants. During his 26-year career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), he served in a series of increasingly responsible positions in two separate NRC Offices. Before entering consulting, he was a Senior Reactor Operations Engineer at the NRC Office of New Reactors (NRO). Prior to that position, he was the Team Leader, Technical Support Staff and Chief, Reactor Projects Branch 4 in NRC Region III. Prior to working with the NRC, he was last a Supervisory Nuclear Engineer during his 6 years working at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
Mr. Kozak has a thorough knowledge of the NRC’s Reactor Oversight Process (ROP) and led the development of the Construction Reactor Oversight Process (cROP) and the Construction Significance Determination Process (SDP). He led NRO’s safety culture program and had primary responsibility for NRO’s safety culture governing documents. He has extensive experience in all NRC processes related to Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria (ITAAC), from the resolution of ITAAC findings to ITAAC maintenance and ITAAC closure. He is also an experienced inspector of operating nuclear reactor equipment testing, engineering, maintenance, operations, quality assurance, corrective action, and radiation protection programs. He has extensive experience in assessing the effectiveness of licensees’ Problem Identification and Resolution (PI&R) Programs, root cause evaluations, and the conduct of the NRC’s supplemental inspections (Inspection Procedures 95001, 95002, and 95003). He has a thorough understanding of NRC rules, regulations, and procedures for the administration and enforcement of licensee activities for operating nuclear power plants.
Mr. Kozak received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.