Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Alumni Ron Pillow Named AREVA Engineer-of-the-Year for 2010 “This year’s Engineers of the Year exemplify operational excellence through safety, quality, delivery and performance,” said Mike Rencheck, AREVA Inc. Chief Operating Officer. “Through their contributions to the company and the community in which they live and work, these individuals are making a difference.” Here are highlights of their accomplishments. Congratulations to our Engineers of the Year for 2010 who were nominated by their business unit. “Ron is an expert in his CRDM niche. He has no problem stepping up to the place with his knowledge and expertise in a crisis and is respected by his customers and his peers.” “Ron Pillow is an Advisory Engineer in Component Replacement and Repair (CR&R) and Engineering and Projects (E&P) whose innovative solutions were instrumental in investigating and quickly responding to several critical customer situations during 2009.” “Ron’s knowledge and skills were essential to the successful Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM) replacement at Turkey Point in the spring of 2009, where he supported the evaluation of a bent lead screw and ultimate replacement of the CRDM that delayed startup.” “This past fall, Ron quickly deployed with a team to Oconee to troubleshoot a CRDM that would not latch to its control component following refueling. Ron was able to use his knowledge and creativity to respond to our customer’s needs by eliminating the CRDM as the cause of the problem and helping identify a crushed fuel assembly as the root cause.” “Ron also was recognized for supporting South Texas Project when their vendor was unable to remove a stuck coil stack during a reactor vessel closure head replacement outage, advising regarding design requirements and our past experiences.” “He led the AREVA emergent response to a cracked CRDM at Crystal River 3, and worked with the Nuclear Parts Center to develop a test plan to characterize the stresses, ultimately responding to customer needs.” “Based on his past success in supporting the Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO) ratchet trip evaluations over the 2008 December holiday, ANO requested Ron, by name, to participate in their site evaluation team in 2009.” An AREVA employee for 36 years, Ron has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Industrial Management from George Washington University.
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