John Hernandez is the Department Leader of Operations Computer Systems at Palo Verde Generating Station, an engineering group responsible for the asset management of digital systems in the power block, as well as physical security systems, the cyber security program, and the strategic modernization of the information and control systems that operate the units. Prior to this, John founded the Digital Modifications engineering group, and led the creation of the Strategic Modernization Program. John believes in strong industry collaboration, and has created several multi-organizational teams with key industry peers to support station efforts, such as the Control Room Modernization project with Idaho National Laboratory under the the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program.
Prior to joining the Palo Verde team in 2014, John lived overseas in Germany, where he led a Nuclear Safety-Related Engineering and Manufacturing team at Framatome, which was responsible for the modernization of nuclear plants in Europe and Asia. Before moving overseas, John worked for Framatome in the US, where is worked on several projects including the Oconee Nuclear Station Reactor Protection System and Engineering Safety Feature Actuation System digital upgrade project, as well as the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant restart efforts. John has also held positions at Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station as an Instrumentation and Controls System Engineer.
John earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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