Ali Simpkins

Senior Nuclear Engineer/Senior Health Physicist, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Yucca Mountain, NV

About Ali Simpkins

Ali Simpkins is a nuclear engineer with more than 25 years of collective experience in the areas of worker dose reconstruction, environmental assessment, and nuclear safety analyses.  Simpkins holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  She began her career at the Savannah River National Laboratory where she spent 14 years working on safety analyses and then environmental dosimetry.  Simpkins later joined the Southwest Research Institute’s Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses where her research included biosphere characteristics in support of regulatory reviews for the potential high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and biosphere dose model development.  After working on Yucca Mountain for a couple of years, she was promoted to Assistant Director of Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering where she managed environmental projects on contracts with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  She currently works for NV5 (formerly Dade Moeller) as a production manager on the worker dose reconstruction project.  She also works on NEPA contracts and conducts training.  She is the author or co-author of more than 70 publications, presentations, and technical reports and serves as an associate editor for Health Physics Journal.  Ms. Simpkins has received both the Elda E. Anderson and Fellow Awards from the Health Physics Society (HPS) and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  For HPS, she has served on the Board of Directors and is currently Treasurer-Elect.  She is a lifetime member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) where she is on the Environmental and Siting Consensus Standards Committee and serves as the ANS representative to the Accredited Standards Committee N13 on Radiation Protection.