Ernie Kee

Title Research Associate
Department Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

Ernie Kee is a Research Associate with the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He has thirty-five years of experience in light water reactor risk assessment, operations, research, performance evaluation, and maintenance with the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC). He has recently retired from STPNOC, but remains the technical lead on the STPNOC project, where he manages a team from academia (four universities), industry (three entities), and a national laboratory in a multi-year project to implement Risk-Informed Resolution of the long-standing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Generic Safety Issue 191. He previously supervised a team of students to develop and implement the methodologies used at STPNOC to evaluate on-line configuration risk. These methodologies implemented quantitative analysis for the NRC Initiative 4b, Initiative 5b, NRC Maintenance Rule, INPO Mitigating Systems Performance Indicators (MSPI), and internal risk measures (Risk Index and Work Week Risk). Mr. Kee also regularly supervises university interns (both graduate and undergraduate) during the summer breaks. His operational experience includes commercial pressurized water reactors and the U.S. Navy applications. His research experience includes experiment design and analysis support using reactor safety codes such as TRAC and RELAP5 for transient analyses on commercial and experimental reactors in the U.S. and abroad. His experience in performance evaluation includes routine field measurements of reactor operating parameters using installed plant instrumentation, plant chemistry data analysis for fuel performance, and special test support for troubleshooting fuel modifications. His maintenance experience includes troubleshooting, corrective maintenance, and overhauling U.S. Navy nuclear submarine mechanical systems. Mr. Kee has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho.