Mr. Robert Edwards was appointed Manager of the Department of Energy’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) on July 24, 2016. He joined PPPO as Deputy Manager on December 30, 2012. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, PPPO is charged with the environmental remediation, deactivation, and decontamination and decommissioning of the former gaseous diffusion plants near Paducah, KY and Portsmouth, OH. Mr. Edwards also oversees the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project, which operates two plants at the Ohio and Kentucky sites to convert more than 700,000 metric tons of DUF6 to a more stable form for beneficial reuse and/or disposal.
A career member of the Senior Executive Service, he has more than 30 years of substantive experience leading operations, engineering and program management efforts in highly complex nuclear and non-nuclear programs.
From February 2011 to December 2012, Mr. Edwards served as Director of the Office of Safety and Quality Assurance at the Savannah River Site (SRS). From April 2008 to February 2011, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Safeguards, Security and Emergency Services at SRS. From July 2007 to April 2008, Mr. Edwards served as the site’s Director of the Nuclear Material Programs Division, and from December 2005 to July 2007, he was Director of the Nuclear Material Operations Division. From January 1992 to August 1998, Mr. Edwards served as a DOE Facility Representative, subsequently being promoted to Senior Facility Representative in August 1998.
Prior to joining DOE in 1992, Mr. Edwards worked in the Reactor Engineering Division of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, completing his tenure there as Chief of the Technical Support Branch. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.