United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Richard Lee

Dr. Richard Lee, currently the Branch Chief of Fuel and Source Term Code Development Branch in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, responsible for managing experiments; the development, assessment and applications of codes for fuel, neutronics, and severe accidents analysis. 

He also represents the NRC on the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations/Nuclear Energy Agency Expert Group on Plutonium Disposition and the Working Group on Scientific Issues for Fuel Cycle, and to the Steering Committee of the Phebus program and the European Commission Severe Accident Research NETwork of Excellence – Phase 2 Project.   He was also in charge of the NRC effort on the joint NRC and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India benchmark exercises on thermal hydraulics and severe accident analysis.  He also served as the NRC representative to the DOE Secretary Chu’s Science Council to advise the Secretary on technical issues related to the March 11, 2011 Fukushima Dai-chi accident.  Currently, FSCB is supporting the implementation of NRC Near-Term Task Force Recommendations (in response to the Fukushima accident) for U.S. Nuclear Power Plants.  He is the NRC representative to the management of the ongoing CSNI/NEA Fukushima forensic analysis effort, and collaboration between NRC and DOE on the Japanese Fukushima recovery efforts.

Before this, Dr. Lee was responsible for many experiments projects (direct containment heating, iodine chemistry research, Phebus-Fisson Products experiments, the Westinghouse FLECHT- SEASET; Babcock & Wilcox MIST and code developments (SCDAP/RELAP5, TRACE-B, and RELAP5), and he co-authored NUREG-1465 (Accident Source Terms for Light-Water Nuclear Power Plants, February 1995).

He holds a B.S. degree in Nuclear/Mechanical Engineering (1977), and an M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1982) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland.

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