Hazard and Risk Consulting for Critical Facilities

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Dr. Kammerer is an expert in seismic hazard and risk and integrated performance-based, risk-informed engineering, particularly as applied to nuclear power plants and LNG facilities. She has 3 degrees from UC Berkeley, including a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. She has over 15 years of consulting experience and is also a visiting scholar at the PEER center at UC Berkeley and a consultant to IAEA on tsunami-related issues.

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From 2013 to 2014, she was Principal Seismologist for Bechtel focused on seismic hazard assessment for nuclear and LNG facilities. From 2006 to 2013, she spent 7 years at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she developed and coordinated the NRC Seismic Research Program and the NRC Tsunami Research Program. She was the project manager and contributing author of the current US guidance on seismic hazard assessments for nuclear facilities (Regulatory Guide 1.208 and NUREG 2117) and the most recent guidance on Seismic Margin Assessments (JLD-ISG-2012-04). Her work on tsunami hazard assessment forms the basis for review of tsunami hazard for new reactors on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Dr. Kammerer spent 6 weeks on the reactor safety team during the NRC’s emergency response to the Fukushima accident and was a member of the NRC’s seismic technical team tasked with developing post-Fukushima response activities and re-evaluation guidance. She was responsible for NRC review of structural engineering, equipment screening, and peer review elements of EPRI 102528, which proves guidance on seismic hazard and reevaluation for NRC’s Near Term Task Force (NTTF) Recommendation 2.1. She was also responsible for review of all elements of EPRI 1025286, which provides guidance on the conduct of seismic walkdowns in response to NTTF Recommendation 2.3. From 2012 to 2013, she was the technical lead for the NRC’s Recommendation 2.3 Seismic Walkdown program that involved seismic walkdowns on 104 operating US nuclear plants.

Dr. Kammerer has served on several national-level committees. She served 5 years on the National Steering Committee for the USGS Advanced National Seismic System Network. She sat on the Interagency Working Group on Enhanced Seismic Monitoring in the Central and Eastern United States, which was formed by the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy. She also served on the Transportable Array Station Selection Working Group organized by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center. She sits on the Working Group 5 (Standard for External Events PRA) under the ANS-ASME Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management, where she works on guidance related to seismic and tsunami hazard assessment.

Dr. Kammerer is active internationally and from 2011 to 2013 chaired an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Working Group on Seismic Re-evaluation of Operating Reactors, as well as special committee developing new guidance on use of seismic isolation technology in nuclear power plants. From 2007 to 2010, she was co-chair of an IAEA Extra Budgetary Program on Tsunami and is a co-author of IAEA guidance on tsunami hazard assessment (IAEA Safety Standard Guide 18). She is currently a consultant to IAEA developing new guidance for performing Tsunami Probabilistic Safety Assessment. She has sat on the technical and/or organizing committees of international symposiums and conferences and is currently on the International Scientific Committee and Division IV (Loading) coordinator for the Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology conference series.

Prior to joining the NRC in 2006, she was a consultant in the Risk and Advanced Technology groups in the international design firm, Arup. As seismic hazard lead for the Americas, her consulting work encompassed a wide variety of technical areas including geotechnical earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismology and risk assessment.

Dr. Kammerer is Seismic Qualification Users Group (SQUG) Walkdown Screening and Seismic Evaluation Training Course Certified. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and New Hampshire.

I'm originally from a dairy farm in Elk Grove, CA. I currently live in Oakland, CA. I am an avid SCUBA diver, gardener (can't take the farmer out of the girl), adventure traveler and photographer. I collect artisan native arts and crafts when I travel.
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