United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

David Desaulniers

For the past 10 years Dr. Desaulniers has served as NRC’s Senior Technical Advisor for Human Factors and Human Performance Evaluation. He obtained his doctorate from Rice University in Houston Texas where he specialized in Engineering Psychology. Since joining the agency in 1989 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. Past activities include serving as NRC’s technical lead for the development of regulatory requirements for 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 development of technical guidance for the human factors validation of nuclear power plant control rooms and systems.  In conjunction with his work at the NRC, Dr. Desaulniers also serves as the Chair of IEEE/NPEC's Sub-Committee 5, Human Factors, Control Facilities and Human Reliability, and is a Vice-Chair or the Nuclear Energy Agency's Working Group on Human and Organizational Factors.
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