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Michael Layton (Class of 1979)

Current Position: Branch Chief--Materials, Transportation, and Waste Security, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (1979); M.S., Geology, University of South Florida (1982).

Professional Licenses: Licensed Professional Geologist--Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1992).

Notable Accomplishments: Since joining the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in June 1991, I have held several positions of progressive responsibility.  As a senior technical reviewer and Team Leader in the Uranium Recovery Program, Division of Waste Management, and the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), I conducted environmental compliance reviews for the licensing and decommissioning of uranium milling facilities. On more than one occasion, I have also served as the rotational Technical Assistant to the Director of the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, and the Office Director of NMSS where I reviewed and augmented the development of agency policy papers developed by other staff. I successfully completed a rotational assignment in 2002, as a Materials Assistant to the Deputy Director of Materials, Research and State Programs in the Office of the Executive Director of Operations. In early 2003, I was also a Materials Assistant to Commissioner Dicus during the last six months of her second term as NRC Commissioner. Currently, I am the Branch Chief of the Materials, Transportation, and Waste Security programs in the Division of Nuclear Security Policy, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. I supervise and oversee the agency's efforts for enhancing security of licensed radioactive materials uses, radioactive materials and spent nuclear fuel transportation, and the storage of spent nuclear fuel in Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations - along with the physical protection of spent fuel and high-level waste at the Yucca Mountain Geological Repository (when the application is received from the Department of Energy).

Past Positions: Adjunct Instructor. University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 1999-present; Senior Hydrogeologist and Geosciences Group Leader, Dames & Moore, Baton Rouge, LA, 1986-1991; Staff Hydrogeologist I, Dames & Moore, Houston, TX, 1984-1986; Geophysicist, Mobil Exploration and Producing Services, Dallas, TX, 1982-1983.

Personal Statement: "I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to start my academic training at Pitt-Johnstown.  The excellent geology curriculum and broad exposure to the many varied aspects of the geosciences, along with the individualized attention and instruction from the professors, prepared me well for my graduate studies. In graduate school, I was able complete my comprehensive exams with few deficiencies, due in large part to the academic preparation I received Pitt-Johnstown. My time at Pitt-Johnstown gave me a solid foundation in the geosciences, which I was able to build upon in graduate school and throughout my professional experiences over the past 25 years. I'm very happy to be able to carry on the fine tradition of excellence in the geosciences at Pitt-Johnstown by serving as an Adjunct Instructor in the department where I began my academics so many years ago."

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Last Reviewed: August 10, 2006