Bill Travers is a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant with Talisman. He has more than 38 years experience working in nuclear safety including senior level management positions with both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). Prior to joining Talisman in 2015, Dr. Travers served as the first Director General of the FANR in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In that position he was responsible for the establishment and the day-to-day operation of a new national nuclear safety and security regulatory authority. This included the establishment of the full spectrum of regulatory infrastructure, e.g. staffing, draft regulations, policies and internal guidance to govern the organization’s programs for licensing and inspection. Dr. Travers, beginning with a staff of five in 2008, helped develop the FANR organization into a world class regulatory body of over 150 personnel and directed the first license reviews for two nuclear power plants in the UAE.
Dr. Travers spent a year working at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director General of Nuclear Safety and Security. His work at the IAEA included providing technical and policy advice on nuclear safety issues, including the improvement of the Agency’s Standards and Safety Review Services. Dr. Travers was particularly focused on enhancing the Agency’s activities for assisting countries initiating new nuclear power programs.
Dr. Travers’ tenure at the U.S. NRC included multiple assignments over 30 years including both Executive Director for Operations (5½ years) and Regional Administrator (3½ years). As the NRC’s Executive Director he was responsible for the day-to-day leadership of a technical staff of more than 1,500 and reported directly to the NRC Commission on all matters of policy. The technical direction included all new licensing for both nuclear facilities and nuclear materials throughout the United States. Dr. Travers’ responsibilities included the technical elements of NRC programs for licensing new reactor designs, nuclear security upgrades, nuclear regulatory research and the oversight/inspection of existing licensees. As the Regional Administrator, Region II (Atlanta), Dr. Travers led a staff of 250 in the conduct of nuclear safety and security inspections at 27 sites with 33 nuclear power plants and 9 fuel cycle facilities. Additional responsibilities included implementing the enforcement program and the licensing of approximately 1500 nuclear power plant operators.
He received a B.Sc. in Science, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Health Physics, all from Purdue University.