Title: Technical Executive
Company: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Donald A. Cool, PhD, Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Nuclear Safety.
Dr. Cool is currently the Technical Executive for radiation safety with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), providing advice in radiation safety and protection, as well as active involvement in the EPRI program of work on low dose radiation effects. He is a retired senior level advisor and former international liaison in the Office of nuclear material safety and safeguards of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he served for nearly 33 years. Coordinating a wide range of international activities related to radiation protection, safety and security of byproduct materials, decommissioning and waste management, radiation protection policy, and international standards, Dr. Cool arrived in his position after serving in Senior Executive Service positions, including Director of the Division of Industrial and Medical Nuclear Safety.
Dr. Cool always enjoyed mentoring those coming into the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a similar vein, safety was always his utmost concern. He entered the field of radiation protection, following on to the career of his father, who also worked in radiation protection from late ‘40s to the mid ‘80s. Dr. Cool first studied biology with Houghton College, and earned a MA in radiation biology from the University of Rochester followed by a PhD in the subject in 1983. He was able to work within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission starting 1982, serving, by “hard work and God’s grace,” until his retirement and advisory role in 2015.
Being able to influence both international and national radiation protection and regulation has been very rewarding, and Dr. Cool also treasured the opportunity to mentor and talk to young people coming up through the system. Dr. Cool is now a fellow of the Health Physics Society, and has contributed to numerous industry publications on radiation safety. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to revisions for standards of protection against ionizing radiation, regulatory product development, and the International Basic Safety Standards for Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources. Naturally, Dr. Cool has often asked to consult and speak before expert groups and organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency, and Health Physics Society, and to provide testimony to Congress.
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