United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

David Desaulniers

Dr. Desaulniers is a senior level scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  He currently serves as NRC’s Senior Technical Advisor for Human Factors and Human Performance Evaluation, providing expert technical advice on emerging technical and policy issues concerning human performance in nuclear safety.  He obtained his doctorate in Psychology from Rice University in Houston Texas, having specialized in Engineering Psychology.  During the past 25+ years his work has addressed a wide range of technical and policy issues where there is a nexus between the design and operation of nuclear power plants, human and organizational performance, and the protection of public health and safety.  Specific areas of past work include serving as NRC’s technical lead for the development of a federal regulation to require fatigue management programs at all U.S. commercial nuclear power plants and providing human factors technical expertise in agency initiatives concerning severe accident management, crediting manual actions, evaluating the cumulative impact of operator workarounds, and assessing control room conduct of operations. Dr. Desaulniers' current work is focused on supporting NRC's response to the lessons learned from the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi and the integrated system validation of main control room designs.  Dr. Desaulniers is also active in industry and international organizations, serving as Chair of IEEE’s Nuclear Power and Energy Committee, Subcommittee 5 (Human Factors, Control Facilities, and Reliability) as well as serving as a Vice-Chair of NEA’s Working Group on Human and Organizational Factors.

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