KK Niyogi

Dr. Kalyan K. Niyogi

Technical Director, NCI

Dr. Kalyan K. Niyogi is the Technical Director of NCI with the responsibility to ensure that every NCI project is resourced with qualified personnel and that the organization’s work is competently rendered.

Dr. Niyogi earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. His entire professional career has been in the commercial nuclear industry with over 47 years of experience in the design, engineering and licensing of nuclear power plants. Dr. Niyogi worked for Raytheon Engineers and Constructors from 1972 until 1996 where he served as the Manager of thermal-fluid analysis group for 15 years and subsequently as the Project Manager for plant modification and improvement projects. During his 24-year tenure at Raytheon Engineers, Dr. Niyogi provided consulting services to over two dozen US nuclear plants helping solve their start-up and operational problems.  Nuclear plants have frequently called upon Dr. Niyogi for his technical specialties in the areas of thermal-hydraulics performance evaluation and life extension of nuclear plant systems and components. As a seconded expert to the NRC, Dr. Niyogi served in the various NRC audit teams for system design reviews of nuclear plants during their licensing process. 

Since 1996, Dr. Niyogi has been a leading specialist at Holtec International engaged in the design, engineering and site implementation of systems, structures and components used in nuclear power plants. He has held the rank of Project Manager, Technical Sponsor and Director for number of dry spent fuel storage projects including the Chernobyl defueling project. He has extensive experience in the design, licensing and commissioning of domestic and international dry storage projects. Dr Niyogi is a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as the Chairman of ANS Committees and Chairman of Nuclear PV&P Committee. Dr. Niyogi holds the rank of Corporate Engineer within Holtec’s professional hierarchy of engineering personnel.

Riaz Awan

Mr. Riaz H. Awan

Managing Director, NCI

Mr. Riaz Awan serves as the Managing Director of NCI with the responsibility to manage NCI’s commercial, financial and administrative activities and coordination of NCI’s interface with counterparties such as CDI and HDI.  Mr. Awan holds the rank of Senior Director in Holtec’s corporate management hierarchy. He has over 40 years of distinguished experience in both the federal government and the commercial nuclear industry in the US and abroad.  

In recent years, he served as the head of Holtec’s Kiev Operations Center in Ukraine overseeing the Chernobyl Used Fuel Storage Project and the Central Storage Project. In the government, Mr. Awan served in the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) where he provided executive level direction and oversight for large and complex nuclear programs and projects as Senior Program Manager in DOE’s International Programs Office, and as Program Manager in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. 

Mr. Awan’s creditable performance at DOE led to his assignment as DOE/NNSA’s emissary overseas. For over 12 years, Mr. Awan served as the Director of the DOE Regional Office at the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria and DOE Office Director/Senior Energy Attaché at the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.  In these positions, Mr. Awan significantly advanced the U.S. Government’s energy security and nonproliferation objectives in Central and South East Europe, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea region, and Former Soviet Republics.

In his early professional career, Mr. Awan worked at the Bechtel Power Corporation acquiring valuable technical and inter-personal skills as a practicing engineer and group leader which he later applied at the USDOE earning kudos and awards from the Department. Mr. Awan is the recipient of the DOE/NNSA Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Service to America Medal for National Security and International Affairs.

A trained professional engineer, Mr. Awan holds the rank of Consulting Engineer in the Company’s engineering hierarchy.

Dr. Indresh Rampall

Consulting Engineer, NCI

Dr. Indresh Rampall earned his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. His professional career spans over 30 years and is marked by solving numerous  fluid mechanics and heat transfer problems in the nuclear and chemical industries. 

After graduating from Notre Dame, Dr. Rampall joined Holtec International as a Principal Engineer concentrating in steam generators and other capital equipment in the nuclear industry.  He served as the lead thermal-hydraulics engineer for the re-rack licensing of fuel storage racks at over dozen nuclear plants, thermal qualification and licensing HI-STAR and HI-STORM spent fuel storage and transport casks and evaluation of natural circulation cooled nuclear reactors supporting Holtec’s SMR-160 program. He served as an Expert witness in the Atomic Safety Licensing Board hearings for the storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Private Fuel Storage Facility. He has authored over 50 industry reports and co-authored several patents supporting safety evaluation of casks, fuel pool racks, heat exchange equipment and dry storage facilities. His current areas of professional concentration include safety evaluation of dry storage casks, and high- density fuel racks, neutron absorber behavior, simulation of extreme environmental phenomena such as fire and flood events.

In his early career, Dr Rampall worked for Engineers India Limited, where he focused on the design, modeling and pilot-scale testing of chemical reactors.

Dr. Rampall is a member of the consulting faculty of NCI. 

Dr. Alan Soler

Executive Engineer, NCI

Dr. Alan Soler is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BS and Ph. D.) and Caltech (Masters). He has been active in the nuclear industry since the 1960s with his early years of work as a university- based consultant to several nuclear equipment suppliers. He has served as a senior analyst in Holtec’s employ since 1992. 

Dr. Soler’s work in the nuclear industry has been mainly focused in the areas of static and dynamic analysis of steel structures and reinforced concrete, quantification of the soil-structure interaction phenomena, safety analysis of nuclear systems and structures including ASME code vessels. His early work in the design of steam surface condensers and nuclear plant heat exchangers lives on even today as functioning equipment in nuclear power plants, many operating since the 1970s. 

Dr. Soler is the co-author of an authoritative book on mechanical design of heat exchangers which has influenced the development of national codes and standards such as the ASME code, the TEMA standard and HEI standards since the mid-1980s. He has authored or co-authored over 70 technical papers, four patents and some 500 technical reports on nuclear plant equipment and structures. 

Dr. Soler is a Fellow of the America’s Society of Mechanical Engineers (1985). He holds the rank of Executive Engineer (highest level in the Company’s professional engineering hierarchy). Dr. Soler   joined as a member of the NCI’s consulting group in July 2019.

Mr. Lawrence Berlinski

Principal Engineer, NCI

Mr. Lawrence Berlinski serves as the Lead Oversight Manager of NCI with the responsibility to oversee Decommissioning and Dry Fuel Storage activities at the Oyster Creek and Pilgrim facilities.  In that role he ensures that all activities are in regulatory compliance, are performed with proper industrial safety and using the principles of ALARA

In recent years, he served as Shift Manager and Senior Reactor Operator at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant overseeing regulatory compliance, safe operation and post shutdown activities.   He also served as the Training Development Chairman, Dose Control Supervisor and Performance Evaluator.  As a member of the Oyster Creek Speaker’s Bureau he spoke with various groups improving the public’s understanding of nuclear power by explaining the theory of operation of power plants.  

In his early professional career, Mr. Berlinski worked as both as an Equipment Operator and a Reactor Operator at Oyster Creek for the Exelon Corporation acquiring valuable technical skills. .  He has over 20 years of distinguished experience with both the United States Navy and the commercial nuclear industry.  

Mr. Berlinski holds a BA from Seton Hall University and a BS from Thomas Edison State University.

Dr. Gordon S. Bjorkman

Consulting Engineer, NCI

Dr. Bjorkman has a broad background in structural mechanics gained through more than 40 years of experience as a consultant to the nuclear industry, expert witness, university professor, National Science Foundation principal investigator and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Senior Technical Advisor.  

Dr. Bjorkman has extensive experience in the analysis and design of nuclear power plant facilities, including primary containment structures, containment steel liners, turbine buildings, spent fuel pools, the evaluation of pressure vessels and piping, and the evaluation of structures to resist blast, earthquake and aircraft impact.  Dr. Bjorkman has provided over 130 hours of expert witness testimony before the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board on matters related to finite element modeling, seismic analysis of NPP structures, piping and pipe supports, and the evaluation of spent fuel storage containments to resist aircraft impact.  He began his career in the aerospace industry working on the final design of the Lunar Landing Module. 

 Dr. Bjorkman is Founder and Chairman of the ASME Section III, Code Committee on Computational Modeling for Explicit Dynamics, as well as a member of ASME Section III, Code Committees Subgroup NUPACK and the Working Group on Design of Storage and Transportation Containments.

Dr. Bjorkman’s areas of expertise include: finite element methods, structural dynamics, stress analysis, solid mechanics, missile impact analysis and blast effects, piping and pipe support evaluation, seismic analysis and soil-structure interaction, thermal stress analysis, probabilistic methods, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete and steel design.  He has extensive experience in the use of the computational codes ANSYS, LS-DYNA and SASSI.

Dr. Bjorkman received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with honors from Princeton University in 1966.  He received a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the University of Delaware.