The MCM team consists of Principal and Senior Consultants. Along with the Founding Partners we also have access to a number of key experts who work along side us in the capacity of Associates. Click on each of the profiles below to find out more.
Dr Russell AlexanderAssociate
Dr Russell Alexander
Dr Russell Alexander has been involved in radioactive waste disposal for over twenty five years, working in around 30 countries worldwide, providing direct technical input to a wide range of national radwaste programmes. In addition to running his own independent consultancy, Bedrock Geosciences (www.bedrock-geosciences.com), he is also the Chairman of NAWG (www.natural-analogues.com) and was the final Chairman of the ITC. He is directly involved in project management of and/or technical support for a wide range of international projects in the fields of geochemistry, geology, hydrochemistry, hydrogeology, safety assessment, radiochemistry, QMS, KMS, natural analogues and communications. Recent projects include developing site characterisation QMS, safety assessment of a L/ILW repository, running field teams in Cyprus and the Philippines, an Expert Mission for the IAEA in China, a review of hydrochemical modelling tools, development of a coastal palaeohyrogeology programme and looking at complementary evidence to support a repository safety case. In 2013, he is also involved in organising 3 international workshops on various aspects of waste disposal.
Dr Russell Alexander has over 200 publications on waste disposal to his name (see www.bedrock-geosciences.com/publist.htm), including a co-edited book on deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. He has also co-authored two books and contributed chapters to several other books on waste disposal, radiochemistry and risk. In addition to the ITC, Russell hastaught on waste disposal, marine chemistry and natural analogues in several countries around the world, most recently at the Universities of Nagoya and the Philippines, and is currently mentoring a doctoral student in Ghana.
He graduated from the oldest geology department in the world in 1980 and completed a PhD on marine diagenesis (which included a UKDOE North Atlantic cruise, studying deep ocean disposal of radioactive waste) at the University of Leeds/Marine Biological Association of the UK in 1985. Post-doctoral work on stable and radioactive isotope geochemistry followed at MIT (US) and SUERC (UK). He is a Member of the European Association of Geochemists and Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is entitled to use the CGeol, EurGeol and CSci postnominals.
Dr Petra C. BlaserAssociate
Dr Petra C. Blaser
Dr Petra C. Blaser has a diploma in geology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and a Ph.D. from the University of Ghent, Belgium. She has more than 20 years experience, predominantly in geochemistry, isotope hydrogeology, geology and public relations. Since 1993 she is working as a self-employed consultant (“petraconsult”) amongst others for Nagra and ITC School in projects for the disposal of radioactive wastes in Switzerland, Germany and Japan. She was involved in several EU projects in the field of geochemical modelling and dating of groundwaters as well as training and education in radioactive waste management.
Dr Gregg ButlerAssociate
Dr Gregg Butler
Professor Gregg Butler has a background in all things nuclear, from front line research and operations management through to leadership in change programmes and Board level responsibility. He was Deputy Chief Executive of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd and a Director UK Nirex Ltd and is presently Director of Integrated Decision Management in the UK. He is also Head of Stretegic Assessment at the Dalton Institute of the University of Manchester, involved in developing and applying assessment methodologies to candidate reactor/fuel cycle systems for UK use. He has advised the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK Nuclear Decommissiong Authority, UK regulators, and the Ministry of Defence. Gregg has a deep-seated interest in examining the interaction between regulation, sustainability, economics, stakeholder acceptability and the consequent development of public policy on nuclear power.
Dr Helen Ann GroganAssociate
Dr Helen Ann Grogan
Dr Helen Ann Grogan trained as a radioecologist and has 3 decades of experience evaluating exposure and health risk to the public from radionuclides and chemicals in the environment. She served on committees for the International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, National Academy of Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Council on Radiation Protection. Helen presently works closely with Risk Assessment Corporation (www.racteam.com) assuming responsibilities for the technical aspects of projects and undertakes independent projects as time permits. Her career highlights include: Helen Grogan has a Ph. D. in Radioecology from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and almost three decades of experience evaluating exposure and health risk to the public from radionuclides and chemicals in the environment. She has served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Council on Radiation Protection. She presently works closely with Risk Assessment Corporation assuming responsibilities for the technical aspects of projects and undertakes independent projects as time permits. Helen is co-editor of the text book Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2008) and has more than 70 open technical publications (papers, reports, articles and book chapters). Career highlights include:
- Contribution to reconstruction of public exposures and risks from historical releases of radionuclides and chemicals from nuclear weapon production facilities in the USA including Rocky Flats in Colorado, the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and the Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington, and from former uranium processing facilities including the uranium mining and milling site in Uravan, Colorado.
- Quantifying organ-specific cancer incidence risk and its uncertainty following exposure to plutonium from inhalation and ingestion.
- Development of data management applications that facilitate access to and use of environmental measurement data for a variety of applications, ranging from basic data evaluation to more complex analyses including dose/risk assessment, emergency response and decision making.
- Development of scientific methods and decision support tools to guide efforts to reduce public exposures and environmental impacts from existing exposures.
- Participation in BIOMOVS, the first international cooperative effort to test computer models developed to predict the fate and transport of radionuclides in the environment, and chairing one of the test scenarios.
- Assisting in developing an International Features, Events and Processes (FEP) Database for the Nuclear Energy Agency, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, France used in the performance assessment of radioactive waste disposal systems.
- Co-editor of Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2008) and author/co-author of more than 70 open technical publications.
Professor Alan HooperAssociate
Professor Alan Hooper
Professor Alan Hooper is visiting Professor of Repository Science and Engineering at Imperial College, London, UK and previous Chief Scientific Adviser to the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). He has more than 30 years experience of managing the scientific and technical activities in support of nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management programmes for the UK electricity supply industry and national waste management organisation.
Dr Hideki KawamuraAssociate
Dr Hideki Kawamura
Dr Hideki Kawamura trained as a civil engineer with special expertise in seismic assessment. He has a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Engineering from Kyoto University. At the Obayashi Corporation in Japan, he has worked in the field of radioactive waste management for 34 years. Career highlights include:
- Design, construction planning and cost estimation of all major generic and site-specific geological disposal repositories (LLW/ILW/HLW) in Japan.
- Supporting for development of a safety assessment scenario for LLW/ILW/HLW geological disposal in Japan
- Supporting for licensing application of the subsurface disposal project (LLW) in Japan
- Design of long-term monitoring and performance confirmation monitoring programme for ILW and HLW repository in Japan.
- Design and planning of a Demonstration and Validation programme for LLW/ILW/HLW disposal in both conventional laboratories and underground facilities.
- Development of a methodology for screening candidate area for repository using Multi-attribute Analysis.
- Design and construction planning of “Cavern Retrievable Storage (CARE) concept” and multiple usage casks (transportation, storage and disposal)
- Design of Prefabricated Engineered Module (PEM) for high-level radioactive waste and of their remote handling system.
- Design and construction planning of “Mizunami Underground Laboratory in hard rock” and “Horonobe Underground Laboratory in soft rock” in Japan.
- Design, construction planning and demonstration experiment of smart subsurface barrier for near surface radioactive waste repository in USA
Linda McKinley graduated from Glasgow University with an M.A. (English and French) in 1975 and LL.B. (Honours) in 1978. After qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland and holding positions as a court clerk and legal executive in England, she moved to Switzerland in 1983 where she studied German and worked as a freelance translator. She has now worked part time for Nagra for 25 years, holding various positions including Coordinator of Translation Services and, most recently, Head of Information and Documentation Services. In 1993, she was accepted as a Member of the Institute of Linguists (London), a professional association for translators and interpreters. Since 2005 she has also acted as an executive consultant in McKinley Consulting. Over the last 25 years, she has been involved in most technical areas of the radioactive waste field and has become increasingly active in managing information and communication projects for commercial clients, mainly in Japan. She has authored approximately 30 commercial reports produced in the Nagra NPB report series and is the co-editor of the book, “Deep geological disposal of radioactive waste, Elsevier, 2007”.
Prof. Ove J. StephanssonAssociate
Prof. Ove J. Stephansson
Prof. Ove J. Stephansson
Rock Stress and Rock Stress Measurement, Rock Fracture Mechanics, Rock Mechanics modelling, Rock Engineering, Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste
- 1967 Diplom Fil lic, Mineralogy and Petrology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- 1972 Promotion, Structure Geology and Tectonics, PhD, Uppsala University
- 1972 Habilitation Docent, Geology and Rock Mechanics, Uppsala University
- 1963 ˗ 1973 Research Associate, Department of Geology, Uppsala University 1973 ˗ 1974 Postdoctoral Research Associate, CSIRO, Mineral Physics, North Ryde, NSW, Australia
- 1975 ˗ 1990 Professor in Rock Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
- 1991 ˗ 2001 Professor in Engineering Geology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
- 1992 – Rock mechanics and rock engineering expert for Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate and later Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Stockholm Sweden
- 2002 ˗ Visiting Professor, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section 3.2: Deformation and Rheology (2002-2010) at present Section 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Stress Field
- 2004 – Rock mechanics and rock engineering expert for Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland
Present Project Activities:
- WSM & Q-WSM – World Stress Map Project
- Development of Fully Coupled T-H-M-F Processes for Geological Materials
- Site Investigation and Evaluation for Underground Constructions
- Rock Fracture Mechanics Modelling of Underground Constructions
- Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
- Deep Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel
Ian Upshall has over thirty year’s of experience in the UK nuclear industry ranging from reactor operations to radioactive waste management. Particular specialisms in the development and application of international safeguards and the development of nuclear-based information and knowledge management. Experience of working with UK and international regulators, government departments and academia on defining standards for the recording and preservation of information required for the long-term management of radioactive waste. Author and co-author of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) information and knowledge management guidance documents. Experienced in training nuclear energy professionals in these areas.
Dr Julia WestAssociate
Dr Julia West
Dr Julia West has a PhD in Geomicrobiology with over 30 years’ experience working on diverse projects relating to how humans use the geological environment, particularly for waste disposal. Julia is internationally recognised not only for her broad experience in radioactive waste management and carbon capture and storage (CCS), but also for her ground-breaking geomicrobiological, ecological and natural analogue studies. She has recently pioneered cross comparisons between radioactive waste and CCS technologies. Julia has provided advice and expertise to national and international organisations and has long experience in advisory groups and programme committees. She also has a great interest in geoscience communication, lecturing and writing on this topic, particularly in the context of radioactive waste disposal and was a British Association for the Advancement of Science Media Fellow with the BBC Radio Science Unit.
Julia is the author/co-author of over 200 technical papers, reports, articles, scientific papers and book chapters. She is an Honorary Research Associate at the British Geological Survey and Honorary Visiting Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester.
Mr Isaacs has extensive experience in many aspects of nuclear power and its associated fuel cycle with a focus on waste management, nuclear fuel cycles, national security, nonproliferation, and public acceptance. He was the recent lead advisor to the U.S. Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future which reported to the Secretary of Energy and the Congress.
Mr. Isaacs held a number of senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Energy, including Deputy Director of the Geologic Repository Program, Director of Strategic Planning and International Programs for Radioactive Waste Management, and Deputy Director of Safeguards and Security. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. He is a senior advisor to several counties, including the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organization and is a Principal Investigator for a project focused on international cooperation on nuclear waste management with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
He began his career working on the design of advanced nuclear reactors with the Atomic Energy Commission. In addition to having served as a senior executive for many years with the Department of Energy, Mr. Isaacs was Director of Policy and Planning at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was also a Consulting Professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Mr. Isaacs has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard University.