IRVINE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear, mixed and hazardous waste management, announced today the appointment of David Brockman to Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Brockman will lead the operations at the company’s Technology Development Center in Richland, Washington. Additionally, he will work closely with the Department of Energy (DOE) community on finding ways that Kurion can help the department achieve its clean-up goals at the Hanford site.
“David brings a great deal of local experience to our Richland test facilities,” said Ralph DiSibio, Kurion executive chairman and chief executive officer. “His understanding of Hanford issues along with his 20-plus years at the Department of Energy and its various partners makes him the ideal choice to run the next phase of our operations in Richland.”
Last December, Kurion announced that it had achieved a major milestone in the development of its Modular Vitrification System (MVS®) with completion of several glass-making commissioning tests on its new prototype system. Fabrication and testing of the system was conducted at Kurion’s MVS® Test Facility in Richland. The system tests demonstrated commercial viability of the MVS® technology and achieved the threshold that government organizations use to evaluate and procure new technologies (i.e. prototype demonstrations in the relevant environment).
“I’ve been impressed with Kurion’s technology as a leading solution that can help with the clean-up process at Hanford,” said David. “The company has conscientiously checked off each requirement and test asked by the Department of Energy during the review process. Combined with Kurion’s investment in the community, building facilities and creating jobs, there’s new hope for the people of Hanford. We are committed to making the community safe for future generations.”
Brockman is a notable executive and worldwide leader in the commercial nuclear industry. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at S.A. Technology Company, a specialty robotic/remote handling equipment provider to the nuclear decommissioning industry. Prior to S.A. Technology, he was chief energy advisor and energy program director at MRI Global, an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry.
Brockman has held several DOE positions including: manager, Office of River Protection; manager, Richland Operations Office; portfolio manager, Richland Operations Office; assistant manager, Strategic Integration Guidance, Rocky Flats Field Office; assistant manager, Environment, Safety and Health, Rocky Flats Field Office; director, Special Assistant to Resumption Manager, Rocky Flats Field Office. Brockman started his career in the United States Navy on board a fast attack nuclear submarine.
Brockman earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and received the high distinction of being a 2010 Presidential Rank Award recipient.
KURION PROVIDES INNOVATIVE, EASILY DEPLOYABLE TECHNOLOGIES TO ACCELERATE PROJECT PERFORMANCE AND COMPLIANCE AND SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE CUSTOMER RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT LIFE-CYCLE COSTS. FOUNDED IN 2008, KURION IS BACKED BY LEADING ENERGY INVESTORS LUX CAPITAL, FIRELAKE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND ACADIA WOODS PARTNERS. HEADQUARTERED IN IRVINE, CALIF., KURION OPERATES A TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT ITS RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS LICENSED FACILITY IN OAK RIDGE, TENN., TWO FACILITIES IN RICHLAND, WASH., FOR TESTING, EQUIPMENT STORAGE, ENGINEERING AND “COLD” NON-RADIOACTIVE TESTING, AND PERFORMS “HOT” RADIOACTIVE TESTING AT PNNL IN RICHLAND, WASH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.KURION.COM.