Bobby G. Russell, Ph.D., formerly division engineering manager of B&W Pantex, has been named chief engineer of Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services, LLC (BWCS) starting immediately. The announcement was made by John Woolery, president and project manager of BWCS.
Dr. Bobby G. Russell
BWCS is the Department of Energy contractor on the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project, reporting to the Department’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office in Lexington, KY.
“Bobby brings ideal engineering capability in nuclear operations to this position, with more than 20 years of engineering and operations experience
under the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Woolery said. Russell’s portfolio at Pantex included all aspects of nuclear operations: process engineering, authorization basis, system engineering, tooling and tester design, and engineering document control.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Science degree. in chemistry from Southwestern College, an M.S. in chemistry from West Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton.
As chief engineer, Russell replaces Kent Fortenberry, who left BWCS at the end of May.
B&W Conversion Services, LLC, is a single purpose company formed by Babcock & Wilcox and URS in 2011. Headquartered in Lexington, KY, BWCS was created to safely and effectively operate the Department of Energy’s depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion facilities in Paducah, KY, and Piketon, OH.