Bob Bromm is a professional mechanical engineer. He has recently been assigned to a new job with the team that has a contract to provide architect-engineering services for a two reactor ABWR for NRG.
As we have discussed on a number of occasions, the renaissance in atomic energy has begun. For show 67, I had a chat with Bob Bromm, an old friend of mine who will be starting a new assignment on Monday, September 17, 2007.
His employer – Fluor – has recently won a contract to supply the architect-engineering services for a two reactor addition to the South Texas project. (Contractors in flux for South Texas Project) Bob has been reassigned from the Hanford site to Greenville, South Carolina to be part of the design team.
Bob has a long history with the nuclear industry and has some great stories to share. As a 56 year old professional, who cut his teeth as part of the design team for one of the most recently constructed nuclear power plants (Palo Verde), he is a shining example of what is both right and wrong with the industry.
He really knows his stuff and has vast experience, but at age 56 he is one of the youngest people in the industry to have actually designed a plant that was built and operated. As I told him during my sign-off, I sure hope that his company has planned to match up younger engineers with all of the experienced ones so that they can grow their capacity as the renaissance continues.