Martin J. Virgilio is the Deputy Executive Director for Reactor and reparedness Programs and is responsible for leading the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, New Reactors, Nuclear Security and Incident Response and NRC’s four Regional Offices. Mr. Virgilio joined the NRC in 1977 and advanced within the technical staff of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation in mechanical, electrical and nuclear plant operations review and in a variety of supervisory roles. He has held progressively responsible positions at the NRC including the Director of the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards and most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director for Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal and Compliance Programs. In that capacity he was responsible for leading the Offices of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Enforcement, Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, Investigations, and Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. Mr. Virgilio received his B.S. degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1971 and has completed postgraduate work in nuclear engineering at Catholic University. Mr. Virgilio began his nuclear career in 1973, when he joined Newport News Shipbuilding's Atomic Power Division. From 1973 to 1977 he worked in the design verification, start-up and post-maintenance test programs for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Mr. Virgilio received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 1991 and 1999.