Project Management at Department of Energy

This webinar will focus on two multi-billion-dollar projects at the Department of Energy in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Associate Administrator for the Office of Infrastructure of NNSA Nicole Nelson-Jean and Sheri Bone Senior Advisor for Special Projects to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Infrastructure will share how projects at Uranium Processing Facility in Oak Ridge, TN and Plutonium Pit Production in Savanah River SC are managed. Key takeaways: Department of Energy has large projects requiring exceptional Project Managers Uranium and Plutonium production require unique Project Management skills Research and development concerning Nuclear Material Management continues to evolve.


Sherri Bone

Sheri Bone serves as Senior Advisor for Special Projects to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Infrastructure. Before returning to NNSA, Ms. Bone served as the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to joining ED, she served as a Division Director in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation Office, as well as the Director of Mission Support for Defense Nuclear Security where she developed DOE’s National Strategic Plan for the Management of Nuclear Materials. She also established and spearheaded the launch of the Mark-18A Target Material Recovery Program, to recover and preserve rare/valuable materials critical to U.S. national security programs, as well as medical, industrial, commercial, and academic efforts in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Bone is a 2022 Secretary's Honor Awards Recipient for her involvement in the W93 Phase 1 Concept Study to assess potential weapon design options and Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Her past leadership experience includes serving as Acting Deputy Director for the Division of Policy and Rulemaking at Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Executive Director for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation’s DOE/NNSA’s Moscow Office; Acting Deputy Site Manager for the Argonne Office; Director of Environmental Engineering for the Army Corps of Engineers; and Director of Environment at the United States Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss. Ms. Bone is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University with degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry. She has a Master of Science in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies, Counterterrorism, and a War College Diploma in Irregular Warfare from the National Defense University.


Nelson Jean

Nicole Nelson-Jean is the Associate Administrator for the Office of Infrastructure in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. In this role, she is responsible for executive leadership to maintain, operate, and modernize NNSA’s infrastructure in a safe and effective manner. This includes more than 5,000 facilities located in seven states comprising over $130 billion in real property assets. Nelson-Jean oversees programs and construction projects with an annual budget of nearly $6 billion. Before returning to NNSA, Nelson-Jean was the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations in the Office of Environment Management (EM), and had overriding responsibility for 15 U.S. sites in the areas of field operations, infrastructure, contract acquisition and administration, project management, safety and security, and the worldwide implementation of the EM technology and development programs for the largest cleanup program in the world, totaling close to $8 billion. She also oversaw EM’s efforts under the Biden -Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative. Prior to this position, Nelson-Jean served as the Manager of the NNSA Savannah River Field Office providing oversight for the management, quality assurance, nonproliferation, and national security missions for the Savannah River Site. Prior to Savanah River Site, Nelson-Jean was the Manager of the Livermore Field Office and the Senior Advisor to the Acting NNSA Administrator at the Los Alamos Site Office. In these roles, she provided executive leadership related to nuclear operations, infrastructure, nuclear safety and security, nonproliferation, business, and contract management. Prior to this, Nelson-Jean was overseas, serving as Energy Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador of the Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria, where she coordinated and oversaw NNSA support of the International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear security. Before Vienna, she was in Tokyo as the DOE Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan overseeing NNSA interests in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Other positions held in NNSA include Office Director with the Global Threat Reduction Initiative and Deputy Office Director in Material Protection, Control and Accounting Program. Nelson-Jean began her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory over 32 years ago supporting environmental management and national security missions. Nelson-Jean has been honored with the Secretary of Energy Honor Award, Department of Energy Career Service Award, the U.S. Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, Partnership for Public Service - Service to America Medal, NNSA Administrator Distinguished Achievement Gold Medal, Savannah River Site Leader of the Year Award, and the Department of Energy Pride Award. Nelson-Jean earned a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, and master’s degrees from St. John’s College, and National Defense University. Nelson-Jean is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Event Details

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29 August 2023

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM (EST-05:00)


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