David B. Amerine
David Amerine has 45 years of experience in the nuclear industry. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy and obtaining a Masters in Management Science from the Naval Post Graduate School, he served on two nuclear submarines. After leaving the Navy, he joined Westinghouse at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. There he worked as a shift operations manager and refueling manager for the initial core load of the Fast Flux Test Facility, the nation’s prototype breeder reactor.
Mr. Amerine furthered his career in the commercial nuclear power industry throughout the 1980’s, first as the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) vendor, Combustion Engineering, Site Manager at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station during startup and then as Assistant Vice President at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. There he led special, interdisciplinary task forces for complex problem resolutions involving engineering and operations during the recovery period back in the late 1980’s. From the Davis-Besse experience, Mr. Amerine went on to a series of leadership and executive positions in the nuclear industry.
Mr. Amerine has lead several recovery projects in his career. Davis-Besse was the first of eight nuclear plants where he was part of the leadership team or the leader brought in to restore stakeholder confidence in management and/or operations. In the DOE Nuclear Complex these recovery endeavors included the Replacement Tritium Facility, the Defense Waste Processing Facility, and the Salt Waste Processing Facility projects. In 1997 he was brought in as the Vice President of Engineering and Services at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station to contribute to the recovery actions following the facility being shut down by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). His responsibilities included establishing robust Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE) programs.
In 2000, Mr. Amerine assumed the role of Executive Vice President of a $2.5 billion business unit of Washington Group International (WGI). Mr. Amerine was then selected as the Executive Vice President and Deputy General Manager, CH2M Hill Nuclear Business Group, where he supported the President in managing day-to-day operation of the group, which included six major DOE sites. In both these executive roles he was charged with integrated safety management, overall conduct of operations and project management, and developing synergies between the diverse operating companies.
Mr. Amerine was selected by B&W as President of Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in early 2010 after the NRC had shut down that facility which is the sole producer of fuel for our nuclear Navy. He led the restoration of confidence of the various stakeholders including the NRC and Naval Reactors. The plant was restored to full operation under Mr. Amerine’s leadership. He retired from NFS in 2011.