2008 News and Updates


Mark W. Frei Joins L&A Team

September 5, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Mark W. Frei has joined the team as a Senior Executive Consultant and Vice President. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Frei has more than 35 years experience in the field of energy, with multi-faceted experience in managing programs in the Department of Energy at Headquarters and in the field. Mr. Frei’s experience includes serving in the Office of Environmental Management (EM) as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Program Planning and Budget; Director, Office of Cleanup Technologies; DAS for Project Completion; Manager of Idaho Operations Office; DAS for Waste Management; and Director, Office of Waste Management Projects.

Prior to joining EM, Mark served as a Branch Chief in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, and as a Nuclear Engineer in the Atomic Energy Commission and Energy Research and Development Administration.

While at DOE Mr. Frei received a number of awards including the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished Executive, 2006; Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious Executive, 1997; Commendation, Admiral of Nuclear Navy, 1995; Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award, 1992; Commendation, Department of Justice, 1992; more than 10 Special Act or Service Awards; and, more than 15 Senior Executive Service Performance Awards.

Mr. Frei holds an M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of California (Santa Barbara).

As part of the L&A team, Mr. Frei will be supporting a range of management assessments and strategic planning activities for commercial and government clients.

In announcing the selection, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Mark’s extensive management experience provides a strong addition to our team. I have known Mark for the past 35 years and he is one of the smartest and hardest working people I have ever known.” [/read]


L&A Announces Changes in Management Structure To Support Continued Growth

May 31, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today a restructuring of the company management to better support current operations and to support future growth. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Highlights of the organizational changes include:

  • Warren Bergholz was named Sr. Vice President of Business and Contracts. In this position Warren will assume day to day operational responsibilities in the areas of business and contracts in addition to his duties on existing projects.
  • Ronald Stevens was named Sr. Vice President for Operations. In this new position, Ron will take on day to day responsibility for overall company project and technical operations, in addition to his management of the company’s Yucca Mountain projects in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Keith Klein was named as Vice President for Northwest Operations in which he will be responsible for all L&A projects and contracts in the region.
  • Robert Shepard was named as Vice President for Commercial Nuclear Projects where his focus will be on expanding L&A’s commercial nuclear portfolio in fuel cycle and reactor projects.
  • Ronald Milner was named as Vice President for Nuclear Waste Programs. In this capacity, Mr. Milner will focus on expanding L&A’s business base in all aspects of nuclear high level waste management, interim storage and transportation.

In announcing these changes, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “As our business base has grown, our company management structure by necessity must also change. This new structure recognizes the strengths of our management team, provides more depth in managing daily operations and responding to our customers, and positions us for growth in the government and commercial nuclear sectors for the years ahead.” [/read]


Bruce Matthews Joins L&A Team

March 24, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Dr. Robert (Bruce) Matthews has joined the team as a Senior Executive Associate effective March 24, 2008. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Dr. Matthews has more than thirty-five years of scientific and engineering experience in nuclear technologies with a primary focus on nuclear materials, nuclear reactor fuels, nuclear facility operations, and nuclear safety. Dr. Matthews has worked at national laboratories as a scientist, line manager, and project leader and has been involved in Department of Energy programs in stockpile stewardship, plutonium technologies, nuclear materials disposition, environmental management, and space and terrestrial nuclear power systems. He has direct experience in nuclear facilities management including operations, construction, regulatory compliance, integrated safety management, and safeguards and security. Dr. Matthews is the author or co-author of over eighty journal publications, conference proceedings and technical reports. He initiated the international Plutonium Futures Conference and is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

From April 2002 to December 2005, Dr. Matthews was a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. The Board provides independent oversight of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons, materials, and environmental management activities. In addition to his oversight responsibilities, Dr. Matthews focused on safety management of high-hazard nuclear facilities and implementation of Integrated Safety Management.

From 1980 to 1993, Dr. Matthews was a research scientist and line manager responsible for research, development, fabrication, irradiation testing, and post irradiation examination of advanced reactor fuels for space and terrestrial nuclear reactor fuels programs. In 1993 Matthews became the Division Director for Nuclear Materials Technology. He had overall responsibility for the TA-55 Plutonium Facility and the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Building. That position had two major aspects: (1) Managing nuclear facilities infrastructure including nuclear facility construction projects, facilities operations, nuclear materials control and accountability, waste management, environmental compliance, industrial and radiation safety, training, quality assurance, and safeguards and security. (2) Managing technical and programmatic nuclear materials activities for DOE missions in stockpile stewardship, materials disposition, environmental stewardship, and nuclear energy.

From 1978-1980, Dr. Matthews was a Research scientist at PNNL, responsible for development of (U, Th) 02 proliferation resistant fuels for advanced reactors.

Dr. Matthews holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Wales, Swansea, Glamorgan, UK. ; an MS in Materials Science, from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.; and a BS in Metallurgy from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

In announcing the selection, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Bruce’s extensive experience provides a significant resource to our team. We all look forward to working with him to address some the key technical and management issues that surround the DOE complex.” [/read]


L&A Awards Scholarship at WM 2008 Symposium

March 10, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. awarded a scholarship to Brent Searle Matteson of Oregon State University on February 25, 2008, at the Waste Management 2008 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Matteson received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Hamilton College, majoring in Chemical Physics. He is currently a Ph. D Candidate at the University of Oregon and his major field of study is Radiochemistry and Waste Management. Mr. Matteson was student in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Since 2005, Mr. Matteson has been part of the Laboratory of Transuranic Elements in the University of Oregon Chemistry Department. The goal of his research is to better define the behavior of neptunium and other actinides under selected separation process conditions used in spent nuclear fuel reprocessing. He has received numerous awards and honors, along with a Department of Energy Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Fellowship in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

In presenting the scholarship, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Helping students like Brent to advance their education and enter our industry is one of the most important things that we can do to make nuclear energy a sustainable power source for the future”. [/read]


Dr. Edgar Berkey Joins L&A Team

March 7, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Edgar Berkey, PhD has joined the team as a Senior Executive Associate effective March 1, 2008. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Dr. Berkey has 40 years experience with nuclear technology, environmental technology, project management, science, strategy, and policy issues associated with DOE Headquarters, numerous Weapons Complex sites, and national laboratories.

In prior assignments, Dr. Berkey served as Vice President, R&D, and Chief Quality Officer with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), in Johnstown, PA, where he directed dynamic growth (>20% annually) of energy and environmental business sector to over $60 million per year.

Dr. Berkey was co-founder and President of two innovative non-profit organizations devoted to environmental technology development, education, training, and technology transfer. In this role, Dr. Berkey contributed to the Exxon Valdez spill clean-up, hazardous waste incinerator permitting, pollution prevention education, hazardous waste cleanup training, and new technologies.

Dr. Berkey holds a Ph.D., in Engineering Physics (Major: Nuclear Science; Minors: Astrophysics, Physical Chemistry), from Cornell University (Sigma Xi); and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; Tau Beta Pi; Phi Lambda Upsilon). Dr. Berkey participated in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

As part of the L&A team, Dr. Berkey will be supporting a range of management assessments and strategic planning activities for commercial and government clients.

In announcing the selection, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Ed’s extensive management experience provides a significant resource to our team. We all look forward to working with Ed to address some the key management and technical issues that surround the DOE complex.” [/read]


Dr. William J. Madia Named To Longenecker & Associates, Inc. Board

February 21, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Dr. William J. Madia has been named to the company’s strategic advisory board. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Since 1975, Dr. Madia has been a world leader in research and research management. His experience spans the full technology development process — from basic research and development to deployment and commercialization of new products. Dr. Madia is currently responsible for the governance and oversight of the DOE’s Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University where he chairs its Board of Overseers.

Previously, Dr. Madia was the Executive Vice President for Laboratory Operations at Battelle, responsible for the management and operations of 6 DOE National Laboratories and one Homeland Security National Laboratory. During his 33-year tenure at Battelle, Dr. Madia was Laboratory Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), serving also as CEO of the laboratory contractor, UT-Battelle, LLC. In addition to completion of the $1.4 Spallation Neutron Source project, the agenda for ORNL’s 3,800 employees was built around rebuilding the laboratory’s scientific programs as well as the laboratory’s research and support infrastructure.

Prior to Oak Ridge, Dr. Madia was Laboratory Director of DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. During his tenure, Dr. Madia focused PNNL’s mission on environmental science and technology, enhanced the laboratory’s productivity, and modernized its administrative systems.

Before leading the national laboratories at Richland and Oak Ridge, Dr. Madia managed Battelle’s $800 million per year global environmental business. Earlier, as President of Battelle Technology International, Dr. Madia led Battelle’s research, development, and applications efforts involving more than 4,100 staff at major facilities in Columbus, Ohio; Frankfurt, Germany; and Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Madia also served as Laboratory Director of Battelle’s Columbus Laboratories, managing a staff of 3,200.

Prior to these assignments, Dr. Madia was VP and General Manager of Battelle’s Project Management Division, where he managed Battelle’s systems engineering business.

Dr. Madia has been nominated for the National Medal of Technology. He received DOE’s Gold Award as well as its Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Madia was named “Laboratory Director of the Year” in 1999 by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. He received the Warren Medal from the U.S. Government, the Sigma Xi Research Award in Chemistry and the U.S. Army’s Commendation Medal for nuclear engineering education.

John Longenecker, President of L&A, announced the appointment stating “Bill has a proven track record of innovation and accomplishment throughout his career, and we are honored to have him serve as a member of our board.” [/read]


Troy E. Wade II Named To Longenecker & Associates, Inc. Board

January 15, 2008

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Troy E. Wade II has been named to the company’s strategic advisory board. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Wade is a senior management consultant in the areas of national defense, security and energy. Mr. Wade retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1989 after 31 years with the nation’s nuclear programs. His three-plus decades with the program included service in Washington, D.C. as well as a term as deputy manager of the Nevada Operations Office-the Las Vegas headquarters for NTS activities.

Over the past 19 years, Mr. Wade has supported a range of key energy and defense projects as a corporate manager and consultant. Mr. Wade serves as chairman of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, and was instrumental in promoting the idea of a comprehensive historical center focusing on the nuclear testing program, and arranging the funding for the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NV.

John Longenecker, President of L&A, announced the appointment stating “Troy is a very dedicated and accomplished executive who brings an extensive base of experience and accomplishment to our team. He is also a long time friend and I am honored to have him as a member of our board.” [/read]