Steven Arndt was appointed Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2007. Dr. Arndt joined the NRC in 1988 as a member of the staff of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. Later that year he left the agency to take a position as a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1990 he returned to the NRC working in Emergency Response Center before being transferred the NRC’s Technical Training Center in Chattanooga, TN in 1992. In 1998 he returned to Headquarters as the Chief of the Human Factors Branch in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES). From 1999 to 2007 he held a number progressively more responsible positions in RES. Before coming to the NRC he was a professor and consultant in the nuclear industry. Dr. Arndt is very active in the engineering profession, including his current positions as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society and member of the U.S. delegation to the International Electrotechnical Commission. In 2012 Dr. Arndt was named the Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society for Professional Engineers.
Dr. Arndt holds a B.S. in engineering physics and a M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering all from The Ohio State University, where he was honored by the faculty of the College of Engineering in 2004 as a Distinguish Alumnus. Dr. Arndt also holds a M.S. in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Arndt is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Quality, the first person to ever hold the fellow rank in all four of these societies. In 1996, he received the NRC Meritorious Service Award for Engineering Excellence. Dr. Arndt is a registered professional engineer and was appointed by Governor Ehrlich in 2006 to the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers, where he currently serves as its Vice Chair.