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Project Manager and Principal Investigator
Environmental Assessment Division

Mr. Suermann is assigned to the Radiological Health Risk Section of EAD. His responsibilities have included managing a $0.5M project involved with preparing three study reports in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) project. These reports involved the transportation risks and costs of transuranic (TRU) waste and the characterization of treated TRU waste destined for disposal at the WIPP. He has also supported the DOE TechCon program run by EAD, and he continues to provide technical support to the FUSRAP program currently managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Suermann also completed a Quality Assurance programmatic review of the TransAlaska Pipeline System for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He continues to provide programmatic technical support assistance to Argonne's Waste Management Operations department for its TRU waste program. Prior to joining ANL, he was the Manager-Waste Characterization, National TRU Program at the DOE's Carlsbad Area Office; in this capacity he managed the waste characterization program that had oversight responsibility for all 23 DOE waste sites with TRU waste.

Mr. Suermann has over 25 years experience in both the private and government sectors in the fields of nuclear waste management and nuclear power generation, and environmental engineering and planning services. His expertise includes project management, operations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, business development and marketing, strategic planning, and systems/facilities engineering, construction, and inspection. He has worked for energy services, environmental engineering and planning, and architect-engineer firms. At the Federal level, he has worked for the DOE, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (in both military and civilian roles). With the NRC, he held positions including Congressional Affairs Officer, licensing project manager, section chief for inspection and enforcement, and reactor inspector (both construction and operations).

Mr. Suermann is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA for both the Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and he held both Airborne and Ranger qualifications as a Regular Army Officer. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned a Master of Engineering (Nuclear Engineering) degree from the University of Virginia. He completed additional graduate studies in business administration at the University of Southern California and has completed professional technical training at the NRC's Technical Training Center. He is a registered Engineer-in-Training and a former Nuclear QA Lead Auditor.

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