Rebecca F. Smith-Kevern
Rebecca Smith-Kevern is the Director for Light Water Reactor Technologies within the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy. In this role she manages the Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support Program, which seeks to facilitate the development of innovative Small Modular Reactors, and the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, a research and development program aimed at developing the technical and economic basis for enabling the existing reactor fleet to operate beyond 60 years. She led the recently concluded Nuclear Power 2010 program, a $1.2 billion cost-shared program with industry for developing streamlined licensing processes for constructing and operating new reactors and for developing first-of-a-kind designs for advanced reactors. Before joining the Office of Nuclear Energy in 2000, she spent 10 yeaers with the Department’s Office of Environment, Safety, and Health. Prior to that, she worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a licensing engineer and for Bechtel Corporation at the damaged Three Mile Island reactor. Rebecca has more thatn 25 years of Federal service. She is a nuclear engineer from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.