W M S Y M P O S I A 2 0 1 7 • P H O E N I X C O N V E N T I O N C E N T E R • M A R C H 5 - 9 • W W W . W M S Y M . O R G 1 3 2017 Sarge Ozker Award Established in 1980, bestowed for distinguished service and eminent achievement in the commercialization of nuclear power/energy with a particular emphasis in the field of radioactive waste management. This award is presented by the Nuclear Engineering Division – Radwaste Systems Operating Committee of ASME and WM Symposia. Thomas M. Kalinowski is Vice President and co-owner of DW James Consulting; a company providing waste characterization, decommissioning support services and specialty software to the nuclear power industry. He has 35 years of experience in Health Physics and Radioactive Waste Management, including 20 years in commercial nuclear power at the Susquehanna Station, 6 years working in LLW processing and 9 years consulting specializing in LLW characterization. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and Nuclear Engineering Support Certifications from Pennsylvania Power & Light Company. While at Susquehanna, Mr. Kalinowski implemented a number of innovative programs to manage radioactive waste at the site and reduce costs. These included methods to more efficiently segregate, survey and release non- radioactive waste generated within controlled areas and planning waste generation activities. Mr. Kalinowski represented PP&L’s positions as an alternate Board Member of the Appalachian Compact Users of Radioactive Isotopes (ACURI) Association and was an active member of ACURI’s Technical and Regulatory Advisory Committee. After leaving Susquehanna, Mr. Kalinowski became Director of Regulatory Affairs at RACE, LLC in Memphis. During this time, he worked with officials in the State of Tennessee to develop and license the Bulk Survey For Release Program (BSFR) to its current form. In 2007, Mr. Kalinowski joined with Mr. David James and formed DW James Consulting. In addition to developing and implementing innovative techniques for waste characterization and activated metal analysis, Mr. Kalinowski was the technical lead for work with EPRI and the NRC for the 2015 revision to the Branch Technical Position on Concentration Averaging and Encapsulation. Mr. Kalinowski has authored or co-authored more than twenty EPRI technical reports and presentations on LLW characterization, disposal and nuclear plant decommissioning. Mr. Kalinowski is a long-term member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Radioactive Waste Systems Committee. He began his association with ASME as part of the Operations sub-committee coordinating membership and organization of the annual ASME Radwaste Workshop held in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) LLW Conference. In 2013, Mr. Kalinowski became the Chair of the Committee and served in this position until 2016. Mr. Kalinowski is a member of the Health Physics society and the ANSI/HPS N13.50 Standard Working Group which is currently developing a national standard for waste characterization. Tom Kalinowski VICE PRESIDENT & CO-OWNER DW James Consulting