Alumnus Ronald Nimitz to offer lectures on nuclear engineering Apr. 13

Alumnus Ronald Nimitz will visit Penn State Altoona Thursday, April 13 in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel and offer lectures on his experiences with nuclear engineering.

From 11:30 a.m. - noon, Nimitz will meet with engineering and science faculty, followed by an alumni talk with engineering and science students until 12:40 p.m. He will then offer an alumni talk with a nuclear focus until 1:15 p.m.

Nimitz has more than forty years experience working primarily in regulatory oversight of the commercial nuclear power industry, serving for more than thirty-eight years as a senior technical staff member and inspector for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Nimitz served in lead emergency response roles and was a member of the NRC’s initial response team sent to the Three Mile Island nuclear event in 1979.

A recognized technical expert in power reactor radiological controls, Nimitz has been an expert witness in radiological control matters, and has worked in a technical capacity in the commercial nuclear field.

Nimitz earned his associate’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Penn State Altoona in 1972 and graduated from University Park in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He later obtained a master of management degree from Penn State in 1995.

Nimitz has served on various industry standards committees developing national standards and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) as both a Power Reactor and Comprehensive Health Physicist and served on the ABHP Panel of Examiners where he developed national certification testing of heath physicists. Nimitz has received numerous performance awards during his career including Federal Executive Board awards and the NRC’s Meritorious Service Award.