Nathan Sanfilippo has been with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) since 2002 and began his current assignment as an Executive Technical Assistant, in the Office of the Executive Director for Operations (OEDO), in May of 2010. He is the primary advisor to the Executive Director for programs of the Office of New Reactors and for NRC’s Region II office, which oversees operating nuclear power reactors in the Southeast U.S. Most recently, Nathan was a member of the NRC’s Near-Term Task Force which evaluated insights from the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plants in Japan to determine whether changes were warranted for the U.S. nuclear industry.
Prior to his position in OEDO, Nathan served as a Reactor Operations Engineer in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) for over 2 years. He led the Operating Reactor Assessment Program, the process by which nuclear power plants’ performance is assessed, and was also responsible for monthly public meetings between the NRC and the nuclear industry to discuss issues involving the Reactor Oversight Process.
Prior to his position in NRR, Nathan spent over 3 years doing emergency preparedness inspection, new reactor licensing, and aircraft attack mitigation work in the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. When he joined the agency, Nathan completed developmental rotations in materials engineering technical review, licensing, communications, incident response, and as an inspector at the Millstone Power Station in Connecticut.
Nathan earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Global Business Strategies from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Certificate in Legislative Studies from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He is a 2004 graduate of the NRC’s Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program and a 2009 graduate of the agency’s Leadership Potential Program.