Dr. Richard (Rich) Keenan, BS, MBA, DBA, oversees Kurion’s processing systems development and delivery. In his 35 years in the nuclear industry, Dr. Keenan has worked on virtually every Department of Energy (DOE) program involving vitrification since the early 1980s. Before joining Kurion, Dr. Keenan managed design of the pretreatment and lab facilities at the nation’s largest nuclear waste remediation project in Hanford, Wash., which represent nearly 50% of the project’s scope.
Dr. Keenan provided the vision, design, and overall project management for the Kurion cesium removal system deployed at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant. He previously designed, developed and delivered successful and directly relevant systems to both DOE and commercial nuclear reactor sites.
From 2002 – 2006, Dr. Keenan was vice president for DOE Programs at AECOM Technology Corporation, and from 2006 – 2010 he established his own successful consulting firm. As a consultant, Dr. Keenan became a team member performing the Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) for Kurion’s MVS® vitrification technology and immediately thereafter joined Kurion as Vice President – Engineering in June 2010.
Previously, Dr. Keenan was senior project manager for Washington Group International (now URS Corporation) from 1994 – 2001. There he managed classified and other projects. In 2000, Dr. Keenan was selected and served as the first Pretreatment Area Project Manager (APM) with responsibility for almost half of the $12.3 billion Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant scope. This included ultrafiltration, ion exchange and evaporation systems, as well as the site analytical laboratory. In his capacity as Pretreatment APM, Dr. Keenan restructured the facility configuration to support canyon remote operations and maintenance for the majority of pretreatment process systems and redefined the analytical facility requirements for the entire project.
As a project manager at WasteChem Corporation (later NUKEM Corporation) from 1978 – 1994, Dr. Keenan delivered state-of-the-art low level radioactive waste processing systems to multiple nuclear power stations in the U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Keenan served as start-up director onsite at the Palisades Station I in Benton Harbor, Mich., for the first volume reduction and solidification system to go radioactively hot in North America.
In 1984 –1985, Dr. Keenan performed conceptual and detailed design for the supernatant treatment inorganic ion exchange process and hot cell facility used to successfully process 660,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid PUREX waste originating from the U.S. DOE West Valley Demonstration Project (a former commercial fuel reprocessing facility). He also performed conceptual design of the vitrification cell, ultimately producing more than 300 canisters of vitrified waste.
Education and Licensure
• DBA, Management – Argosy University
• MBA, Executive Management – St. John’s University
• BS, Chemical Engineering – Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art