Lawrence Kokajko

Senior Consultant (AdSTM)
Core Competencies: 

Forty (40) years of nuclear-related experience in operations, training and education, and regulation.  Diverse positions include: operator, instructor, project manager, technical assistant, and manager and senior executive of professional staff.  Additionally, obtained significant experience with IAEA and US Department of State.  Areas of expertise include:

  • Nuclear power plant operations and licensing, including research and test reactors
  • High-Level waste policy and regulation, including spent fuel storage and transportation      
  • Spent fuel storage and transportation          
  • Nuclear regulatory policy and rulemaking 
  • Supervision and management of engineering, scientific, and administrative staff
Career Highlights: 
Advanced Systems Technology and Management, Inc. (AdSTM)
2016 - Present

Staffed to work on the NRC Office of International Programs (OIP) International Regulatory Development Partnership (IRDP). Consultation with Jordan authority on operational aspects of the Jordan Research and Test Reactor.

U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC)
1989 - 2016

Director, Division of Policy and Rulemaking 2013 – 2016

Director, Division of Spent Fuel Alternative Strategies 2011 – 2013

Director, Division of High-Level Waste Repository Safety 2006 – 2011

Deputy Director, Technical Review, Division of High-Level Waste Repository Safety 2004 – 2006

Branch Chief, Environmental and Performance Assessment, Division of Waste Management 2002 – 2004

Section Chief, NMSS Risk Task Group 2000 - 2004

Detailed Positions: Commissioner’s Assistant, OEDO Regional Technical Coordinator, Divisional Technical Assistant, Senior Project Manager, Project Manager and Engineer

Rulemaking: Led staff activities associated with developing regulations and guidance associated with operating reactors; e.g., mitigating beyond design basis, containment protection/release reduction, security, emergency core cooling, and fitness for duty; responsible for rulemaking petitions; Managed regulatory analysis process and updating cost-benefit guidance, including assessing qualitative factors for decision-making; Provided leadership for cumulative effects of regulation team to use risk information to find a balance of safety regulation and regulatory burden; Led staff activities associated with generic communications, and oversaw activities associated licensing processes.

Research and Test Reactors: Led interoffice licensing program for the proposed Molybdenum-99 production facilities (e.g., SHINE); oversaw relicensing of research and test reactors, including security, inspection, and operator examinations; Assured appropriate regulatory outcomes on risk, safety systems, security, and lessons learned from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami; Directed the division's engagement with organizations within the US government and internationally.

High-Level Waste and Spent Fuel: Led the regulatory review of the Nation’s first license application for a spent nuclear fuel geologic facility; managed diverse multidisciplinary technical staff and contractors, budget development and execution, requirements for environmental, technical, legal, adjudication, and stakeholder outreach with Federal partners, and State, Local, and Tribal representatives, and the public;Closed program due to National policy changes, which included using effective knowledge management practices to capture more than three decades of accumulated regulatory and technical knowledge, culminating in the development of Technical Evaluation Reports on proposed geologic repository performance;Managed USNRC’s only federally-funded research and development center for nuclear waste regulatory analyses for geologic disposal; Led technical efforts associated with preparing for the review of the proposed geologic repository license application, including work on preparatory technical studies across 293 key technical issues; Led efforts to address radioactive facility decommissioning and waste issues from a performance assessment perspective; led  environmental review efforts, including oversight of environmental impact statements and assessment; Led multidisciplinary task group to assess feasibility and propose strategies to risk-inform material, waste, and fuel facilities regulatory programs.

Additional experiences: USG representative on the IAEA planning committee for the April 2016 International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems in Vienna, Austria; Detailed as Nuclear Safety Attaché to the US Department of State’s Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria; Deputy Team Leader for original and follow-up IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service missions in Stockholm, Sweden; Commissioner’s Assistant for Commissioner Dicus when Commissioner and interim Chairman; Co-led South Texas Allegations Review Team, culminating in NUREG-1517 publication; Led first large-scale licensing action to risk-inform technical specifications for South Texas Project; Led first licensing action on steam generator tube plugging criteria at Trojan Nuclear Plant.

Professional Development and Achievements: 

Member of Senior Executive Service (SES) - 2004 until retirement in 2016

USNRC Meritorious Service Award, 2000

Federal Executive Institute in China, USOPM/Tsinghua University; 2012

Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society; USOPM; 2002

Senior Reactor Operator License (SOP-3938) at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (BWR-4); obtained after completion of License Training Program; 1981

Nuclear Reactor Fundamentals Program, Center for Nuclear Studies, Memphis State University; 1976


B.S., Applied Science and Technology (Nuclear); Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ; 1988
M.Ed., Occupatonal Education (Administration and Supervision); Keene State College, Keene, NH; 1985
B.S., Psychology/Biology; Memphis State University, Memphis, TN; 1977