Mr. Tappert is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs in the Office of New Reactors (NRO). Mr. Tappert joined the NRC in 1991 as a Reactor Engineer in the Philadelphia Regional office. He was subsequently assigned as the Resident Inspector at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Ontario before transferring to the Headquarters Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. He has held progressively more responsible positions across the nuclear reactor program including several supervisory and management positions. Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Tappert served in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program. He received a B.S. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Professional Engineer’s license.