Y-12 has combined its nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation and global security operations into a new organization named Program Management and Business Development.

Y12_red_LogoY-12 has combined its nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation and global security operations into a new organization named Program Management and Business Development.

Vice President Bill Reis, formerly head of defense programs, will lead the new organization. Kevin Finney, formerly senior director of the Applied Technologies Division, will be deputy manager and executive director for Global Security and Technology Programs.

“The new organization brings together Y-12’s traditional nuclear deterrence and weapons programs with emerging growth areas in nuclear security, nonproliferation and strategic partnerships,” said Darrel Kohlhorst, president and general manager of B&W Y-12, which operates the Y-12 site for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Y-12 has a growing role in national and international nuclear security and nonproliferation. It helps retrieve highly enriched uranium from around the world, is helping to convert U.S. research reactors to low enriched uranium to reduce nuclear proliferation, and is creating a U.S. source of medical isotopes to treat cancer and other illnesses.

In 2010, Y-12 hosted and conducted training in nuclear security for more than 1,000 individuals from 30 U.S. and international cities. Y-12 also develops new technologies that are available for commercial licensing, and partners in research with many organizations to solve technical and scientific challenges of mutual interest.

“Y-12 makes the world a safer place. Converting weapons material to peaceful use is just one of our many efforts in nonproliferation,” Reis said. “I’m excited about helping lead this new organization in its missions.”

Reis is a 28-year Y-12 veteran and has been responsible for nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, facility infrastructure restoration, and uranium disposition and supply. He has been involved in surveillance, refurbishment or dismantlement of most weapons in the nuclear weapons stockpile and has been associated with every production facility at Y-12. He has had two assignments in Washington, D.C., at the National Nuclear Security Administration, and he is a member of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors.

Finney joined Babcock & Wilcox 26 years ago as an engineer in Naval Reactor fuels. He joined the B&W Y-12 team in 2000 as director of the Campaigns Program Office, where he was responsible for development, demonstration and deployment of new technologies. His most recent assignment was senior director of the Applied Technologies Division and as Chief Technology Officer within the Science, Technology and Partnerships organization, where his focus has been developing new mission areas for Y-12, technology transfer, partnership development, and technology management.

Source: B&W Y-12