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 New Mexico Society of Hazardous Materials Managers
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NMSHMM Annual Dinner 2018

Friday, March 30
Season’s Rotisserie and Grill
2031 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM


6:00pm - Appetizers and Networking
7:00pm - Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Annual Meeting



Classic Caesar Salad
chopped romaine, house-made croutons, grana padano cheese, garlic anchovy dressing

Specialty Seasonal Salad


Handmade Autumn Squash & Three Cheese Ravioli
sautéed baby spinach & shiitake mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, shaved asiago, maple sage cream sauce

Seared Rare Hawaiian Ahi Tuna
jasmine rice pilaf, seasonal vegetable, lemon-honey beurre blanc

Oak Fired New York Striploin
roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable, port wine demi-glace


Chocolate Mousse Cake
chocolate ganache

Carrot Cake
candied walnuts, cream cheese frosting

Dr. Ronald Allen KniefKeynote Speaker

Dr. Ronald Allen Knief holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He also holds a B.A. in physics, mathematics, and economics from Albion (MI) College. Dr. Knief has served as director of the radiation-measurement and reactor-operations laboratories. During this time Dr. Knief developed – and has continued to serve as advisor and faculty member for – the UNM Nuclear Criticality Safety Short Course programs which have educated many of the world’s brilliant Nuclear Criticality practitioners.

Throughout the 1980s, Dr. Knief spent much of his career at Three Mile Island (TMI) in the aftermath of the TMI-2 accident. He served initially as Manager of Training for the TMI site and then had subsequent roles in corporate training and education, programmatic nuclear safety for the TMI-2 recovery and defueling, and corporate risk management. Since 1998, Dr. Knief’s “day job” has been as nuclear criticality safety engineer and Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, NM. One of his primary responsibilities has been the training and certification of operators at Sandia’s “Technical Area V” research reactors, hot cell, and gamma irradiation facility.

Thrughout the years, Dr. Knief’s projects, interests, and expertise have taken him to Canada, the UK, France, Sweden, Japan, Russia, and the Ukraine.

Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Criticality SafetyDr. Knief is author of textbooks two textbooks: Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Criticality Safety – both published by American Nuclear Society (ANS); editor of three books on risk management (with another in progress); and contributor to 2012’s Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology as well as earlier encyclopedias and handbooks.

Dr. Knief is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. He has served as chair of the Nuclear Installations Safety Division. In 1985, Dr. Knief received the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division’s Achievement Award. He is actively involved in developing ANS standards for criticality safety, critical experiments, and fast-burst reactor operation. In 2012, Dr. Knief received the ANS Robert L. Long Training Excellence Award for in recognition of “his pioneering contributions as professor, manager, author, consultant, and ardent accident-lesson advocate in blending performance-based training and education for the benefit of the nuclear enterprise.”


Four Man-Made Catastrophes and Lessons for Risk-Based Decision Making

Dr. Ronald Allen Knief arrived at the University of New Mexico as a nuclear engineering professor in 1974 – just as the industry was making great strides in probabilistic risk/safety assessment (PRA/PSA).

In 1980 he became training manager at the Three Mile Island nuclear station in the aftermath of the TMI-2 accident. Then, for the last few years of the decade, Ron was enlisted in a new corporate Risk Management Group. They concluded that while PRA had addressed “health & safety” well, this was “just the tip of the iceberg.” Functional capability (e.g., people and equipment), public image and reputation, and financial well-being were also hugely important. Studying TMI-2 in concert with three other catastrophes – Bhopal chemical plant, Challenger Shuttle, and Chernobyl reactor – brought about significant insights some of which he will share.

Ron went on in 1990 to be a “road-warrior” consultant specializing in nuclear safety, training, and risk management, including 10 years at Sandia National Laboratories. He has been a Sandia employee since 2009.

Dr. Knief is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, having chaired three technical divisions and two local sections (including “New Mexico Trinity” twice). He is author of textbooks on nuclear engineering and nuclear criticality safety; and editor of four books on risk management.

Annual Meeting Information

Proposed update to the AHMP Roadrunner Chapter Bylaws - March 2018


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$45 per person non-members

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