Andrea Veil joined the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 1992 as an intern in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), and progressed to the position of senior materials engineer. In 2003, she completed a Congressional Fellowship on Capitol Hill. She has held a number of positions in the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) including Chief, Corrosion and Metallurgy Branch; Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch; Acting Director, Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis Staff; and a rotational assignment as Deputy Director, Division of Systems Analysis. In 2011, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) position of Associate Director, Human Resources Operations and Policy, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. This was a unique opportunity since Ms. Veil is an engineer, and is not a human resources professional. She built relationships, learned quickly, and led the organization during a critical time of restructuring and streamlining. In 2013, Ms. Veil was appointed to the SES position of Deputy Division Director, Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs, Office of New Reactors (NRO). Part of her responsibility was to serve as an SES lead for a bilateral agreement with China on AP-1000 new reactor construction, initial test program/commissioning, and inspector exchanges. Ms. Veil also served as Acting Assistant for Operations to the Executive Director for Operations (EDO) in 2015-2016 where she assisted the EDO and Deputy EDOs in the overall planning, management, control, and coordination of the operational and administrative activities of the agency.
In February 2016, Ms. Veil was appointed as the Executive Director of the independent Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). She is the first African-American female to hold this position since the inception of the committee in 1954. Her responsibilities included maintaining adequate staffing and resources, with a constrained budget, for both ACRS membership and support staff, ensuring that ACRS provides effective and timely advice to the Presidential Appointees on the Commission, and serving as liaison to the NRC Staff. In July 2019, she was appointed as the Deputy Office Director, RES. RES provides technical advice, tools, and information for meeting the NRC’s mission, including resolving safety and security issues, making regulatory decisions, and promulgating regulations and guidance. In December 2019, Ms. Veil was appointed to her current position of Deputy Office Director for Engineering, NRR. NRR supports the NRC mission to protect public health, safety, and the environment by developing and implementing rulemaking, licensing, oversight, and incident response programs for operating, new, and advanced reactors.
Ms. Veil was honored at the 2016 Women of Color STEM Conference with the Career Achievement in Government Award sponsored annually by the Career Communications Group, Inc. It is an extensive peer-reviewed award recognizing employees whose experience enhances their organization and who leads and manages others with sensitivity and strategic insight.
Ms. Veil is from Detroit, MI, and before joining the NRC she worked for Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, and Detroit Edison, Engineering Division in Warren, MI. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the NRC's SES Candidate Development Program.
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