MPR is led by a new generation of principal officers, who epitomize our founding partners' values and passion for excellence: Robert N. Coward, Paul S. Damerell, and Alex Zarechnak.
Bob Coward is a Principal Officer of MPR, a position he was promoted to in January 2009. Since joining MPR in 1983, Coward has worked on a wide range of challenging technical and management issues for a variety of clients. Previously, he was responsible for leading all of MPR's services to the nuclear power business sector, and he has worked on over 100 electric generating plants world wide. His specific expertise includes work in the areas of project management, safety analysis, and design and development of new nuclear power plants. Coward has been an industry leader in the design, licensing and development of new nuclear power plants, with leadership roles on the EPRI Advanced Light Water Reactor Program; the DOE NP2010 Program, as well as the STP 3&4 project to construct two ABWRs at the STP site in Texas. He also provided the project management and technical leadership to modify the Davis-Besse HPI pumps for operation with debris laden water following a loss of coolant accident, the first PWR project to address plant operation with debris laden water in the containment emergency sump. Coward regularly serves on "blue ribbon panels" in support of clients and industry groups addressing important design, regulatory, and operational challenges regarding advanced reactor systems, extended power uprates, safety system performance, significant event evaluations, and new plant projects. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Duke University, is a registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the American Nuclear Society.
Paul S. Damerell
Paul S. Damerell is a principal officer of MPR, a role he has held since 1999. He joined MPR as a summer intern in 1976, and, after completing his BSME and MSME degrees at Purdue University, Damerell accepted a full-time engineering position at MPR in 1977. He has worked internationally in the area of reactor safety, collaborating with associates in Japan, Korea, Germany, Sweden, and France on topics such as emergency core cooling systems (ECCS), containment, valves, and other related areas. He was the primary author of a landmark international report (published in the U.S. as NUREG/IA-0126 and 0127), which summarized the results of more than a decade of international research on ECCS performance. Since 1989, Damerell has led several U.S. nuclear industry efforts related to reliability of motor-operated valves (MOVs) in nuclear safety applications. These efforts included a combination of testing and analysis that had to satisfy considerable regulatory scrutiny. He led a program for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) that developed new design tools and evaluation methods for MOVs, the only such methods to receive a generic NRC approval for use in U.S. plants. He also led an effort for the BWR Owners Group to develop design and evaluation methods for DC powered MOVs, once again the only methods accepted by the NRC for use in U.S. plants. Finally, he led an industry-wide program for all of the U.S. nuclear plant owners groups, which developed accepted approaches and methods for periodic verification. All of these efforts produced landmark reports, and the resulting methods continue to be used in plants today.
Alex Zarechnak is a principal officer of MPR, a position he has held since 1999. Since joining MPR in 1968, Zarechnak has worked in a broad spectrum of challenging technical and management areas, leading large-scale projects and long-term improvement initiatives for a variety of clients. Following the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979, Zarechnak helped develop and improve power plant control rooms and alarms systems. Over the last two decades, several nuclear power plants have required significant upgrades of their engineering capabilities especially related to design and licensing bases. Zarechnak, together with others at MPR, has helped most U.S. nuclear plants with regulatory, operational, and/or compliance issues to improve their capabilities and restore credibility with the regulator. Zarechnak also has provided oversight for original technology development and continues to help MPR assist a variety of international clients in developing innovative energy technologies. He has managed multiple-year efforts with foreign utilities in establishing the requirements for the next generation nuclear power plant design. He holds degrees in physics from Princeton University (BA) and University of Maryland (MA), with major concentration in cosmology. His specific expertise includes thermal hydraulics, vibration, structural analysis, licensing, and human factors as applied to nuclear and fossil power plants and their multiple components.