United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

William Travers

Dr. William (Bill) Travers, Director General Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

In September 2008, William (Bill) Travers was named Director General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). As Director General, Dr. Travers is responsible for planning and implementing a nuclear regulatory program in the UAE.

Prior to joining FANR, Dr. Travers served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director General in the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 2007-2008. In this role, he was responsible for providing policy and technical advice on international nuclear safety issues. During his work with IAEA, Dr. Travers focused on enhancing IAEA activities for assisting countries initiating new nuclear power programs. Dr. Travers was also actively involved in continuing development, implementation, and improvement of the IAEA’s Safety Standards and Safety Review Services.

From 2004 2007, Dr. Travers served as Regional Administrator for Region II for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additionally, from 1998-2004, Dr. Travers served as the Executive Director for Operations for the NRC. Dr. Travers served on staff with the NRC since 1978, where he held positions in a variety of offices, including Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Branch, Deputy Associate Director for Advanced Reactors and License Renewal, and Director of the Special Project Office in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation; Director of the Spent Fuel Project Office in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; and Deputy Executive Director for Regulatory Effectiveness in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations.

Dr. Travers holds a Ph.D. in Radiation Health Physics and Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, where he also received his B.S. In 2005, he was awarded the rank of Distinguished Executive by President George W. Bush.

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