Zack Smith is the President and Project Manager. Previous to this position, Zack held the Portsmouth DUF6 Conversion Facility Plant Manager position and had the responsibility for all plant activities and operations. After being shut down for more than 2-1/2 years, Zack successfully lead the facility team through restart efforts including a DOE Readiness Assessment and obtained DOE approval for resumption of operations in December 2017.
Zack has extensive field experience leading multi-billion dollar project activities. His experience includes: Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer – Hanford Tank Operations Contract, long-term assignments at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Savannah River Site, Hanford Site and multiple short-duration assignments at other DOE sites. Zack has frequently represented site activities with DOE-HQ executives, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, regulators, and congressional staffers. He has more than 30 years of engineering and field management experience.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Washington River Protection Solutions, Zack had responsibility for execution of the $600 million per year operations of the Hanford Tank Farms. Activities included storage, retrievals, transfers, treatment, and disposal of more than 50 million gallons of high level radioactive waste located in 177 large underground storage tanks.
As the DOE Savannah River Operations Office Deputy Manager, Zack had broad leadership responsibility for approximately $1 billion in annual operating and construction activities. Major achievements included completion of a campaign that delivered approximately 300 metric tons of LEU to the DOE customer, certification and final disposition of 12,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste and Secretary of Energy approval for closure of four large nuclear waste tanks.
Also at the Savannah River Site, Zack was the Federal Portfolio Manager for the $1.6 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project which reduced the site waste footprint by 230 square miles (75 percent of the 310-square-mile site) and dispositioned more than 5,000 cubic meters of TRU waste. Through outstanding interface management, Zack was instrumental in obtaining project funds and leading the project to successful conclusion. The project was one of only three finalists for PMI’s International Project Management of the Year Award in 2013.
With responsibility for the $1.9 billion Salt Waste Processing nuclear facility construction project as the DOE Federal Project Director, Zack directed federal project activities from 65% design completion to greater than 90% design completion and advanced field construction from facility mudmat to approximately 45% construction completion.