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ETEC Meeting: Ken Rueter, UCOR
March 6, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am EDT
Ken Rueter is UCOR’s President and ETTP Cleanup Project Manager. He previously served as Savannah River Remediation LLC President and Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Project Manager. Prior to that, he served as UCOR’s Chief Operating Officer.
Ken brings more than 26 years of experience in his field to the UCOR team. He has led all aspects of site cleanup/remediation, radioactive waste treatment, and project integration, including project, construction, interface, and risk management as well as cost and schedule development.
At Savannah River Remediation LLC, Ken led a $3 billion high-level waste treatment and tank closure project. He oversaw a complex, integrated set of radioactive liquid waste facilities that remove high-level waste from the Savannah River Site’s large waste tanks, turning the waste into a safe, immobile glass form in the Defense Waste Processing Facility. In addition, he oversaw other areas, including salt waste processing, removing low-level radioactive materials from the tanks, and safely demonstrating and proving new technologies. His job involved operationally closing waste tanks once the tanks were emptied, cleaned, and certified for closure. He also maintained the site’s tank farms to ensure site missions could be executed.
Ken worked as Chief Operating Officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract (TOC) from June 2010 to May 2011. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project, which was valued at more than $600M per year with more than 1,500 personnel. These operations involved facility operations, business management, and capital and non-capital project execution under DOE Order 413.3.
Ken also served as the Director of Project Integration for Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington. He managed an annual budget of $40 million and a team over 300 personnel. He also ensured standardization in project management and controls, interface management, Earned Value Management project engineering, and construction and commissioning approach, definition, and control.
Also at TOC, Ken led the deployment of the URS Execution with Certainty project operational approach application to a federal project. This deployment entailed application of contract, business, project, and performance assurance methods and techniques. He was also responsible for overall operations and execution of $360M in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project and work scope. He received recognition that the ARRA project executed for the Office of River Protection was one of the best in the DOE complex.