Joe Olencz

Director, Office of the Departmental Representative to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

You are here

Mr. Olencz has approximately 25 years of experience working in both the private and public sectors, with the last 23 years working at both the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. From October 1991 to April 1997, Mr. Olencz worked at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Defense Programs serving as Project Manager for uranium stabilization and disposition efforts at the Fernald, Hanford, Savannah River, Oak Ridge, and Albuquerque Operation Offices.

Mr. Olencz also spent three years working in the Office of Environmental Management serving as the Program Manager for the Rocky Flats Solid Residue Elimination Project. From April 1997 to July 2003, Mr. Olencz worked at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he spent two years working in the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, Division of Fuel-Cycle Safety and Safeguards, as a Senior Chemical Process Safety and Material Control & Accountability Inspector, conducting safety and safeguards inspections at NRC licensed and regulated fuel-cycle facilities. Mr. Olencz spent the remaining four years in the Office of the Commission under former Chairman and Commissioner Greta Joy Dicus, serving as a Senior Materials Assistant, responsible for fuel-cycle, waste management, and transportation, packaging, and storage, as well as nuclear material process safety and safeguards areas.

In July 2003, Mr. Olencz rejoined the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, serving as the Director, Office of Fissile Materials Disposition, Office of Disposition Projects. In April 2005 until June 2011, he served as the Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition with primary responsibility for managing the U.S. and Russian Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility design, licensing, construction, and operations, lead test assembly fabrication and irradiation, and the down-blending and disposition of highly-enriched uranium.  In June 2011, Mr. Olencz joined the Office of Nuclear Safety, serving as the Deputy Director.

Mr. Olencz holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering with minors in Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical engineering, and also holds an M.S. Degree in Engineering Management. He is also a Nuclear Regulatory Commission certified senior fuel cycle inspector.