Dr. Todd Wright is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Nuclear & Environment Strategic Business Unit of AECOM’s Management Services Group. He has operations management responsibility for AECOM’s work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
He oversees Nuclear & Environment’s day-to-day operations; manages profit and loss, strategic initiatives and business development; and oversees administrative and operations support functions. He has management responsibility for the strategic business unit, which encompasses the management and operation of complex nuclear and chemical sites, project management at high-hazard facilities, safety management, nuclear component fabrication, nuclear material management/treatment, and technology development.
Dr. Wright has 36 years of leadership experience in managing complex nuclear site operations, project management, contractor assurance, advanced research and development, and achieving safety performance excellence. In leadership positions at three of the most complex nuclear sites in the world and a U.S. National Laboratory, he has successfully led complex organizations and managed unprecedented change in highly regulated environments. He is the former Managing Director for Sellafield Ltd.; and the former Laboratory Director of the Savannah River National Laboratory.
As the Managing Director for Sellafield Sites, one of the world’s most complex nuclear sites, he led the efforts to bring safety performance at Sellafield Ltd. to the best ever in its 60-year history, earning the corporate honor of Safe Project of the Year for an unprecedented two consecutive years. He led Sellafield to achieve significantly improved nuclear safety performance, and led efforts to build a foundation for sustained performance in both workforce culture and infrastructure improvements.
At DOE’s Savannah River Site, Dr. Wright served as the Laboratory Director at the Savannah River National Laboratory, successfully transitioning the laboratory from a site-centered focused Laboratory to a national research program with a diverse portfolio of new customers. Under his leadership, revenue for the Laboratory was significantly increased over 35% while several innovative initiatives were realized, including the construction and establishment of the Center for Hydrogen Research, the only facility of its kind in the United States dedicated to hydrogen research and technology development. In addition, new work arrangements were realized including a cooperative agreement with Toyota for hydrogen power systems for automobiles which was unprecedented with a U.S. DOE production site. In cooperation with local economic developers, Dr. Wright was responsible for establishing numerous strategic partnerships with leading research institutions, including the first-ever agreement with a major medical research University, a significant partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and broader agreements with other Federal agencies.
Most recently, he was appointed as a representative to the U.S. Department of Commerce Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in 2015.
Dr. Wright has led work in all of the processes of the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, including High Level Waste Operations. Early in his career, Dr. Wright led several teams that were instrumental in the formalization of the process for HLW vitrification. Dr. Wright was responsible for the development the concept for high energy gas-solid separations which led to the reference process for the Defense Waste Process Facility off gas treatment system which is operating today as well as the team that developed “Saltstone,” which is the primary process for disposition of decontaminated salt waste at the Savannah River Site.
Dr. Wright earned his PhD, Master’s, and Baccalaureate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with specialization in thermal fluid sciences and chemical thermodynamics.
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