To support our clients, WD maintains a highly skilled and qualified staff. Our staff has considerable experience, both as utility employees and consultants, in establishing programs based on industry best practices, and leading performance improvement efforts.
Mr. Lake started his career as an electrician in the Navy Nuclear Submarine service, then served as a staff instructor at a Navy Nuclear Prototype Training Facility. He joined the commercial nuclear industry in 1989 working for General Physics in Oswego, New York. Mr. Lake’s initial assignment was conducting Emergency Preparedness training for the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. He received a Senior Reactor Operator Certification at Nine Mile Point Unit 2, then joined the staff at the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant. While at the Fitzpatrick plant, Mr. Lake worked as a System Engineer and as a Licensing Engineer.
In 1996, Mr. Lake joined WD Associates in a contract role, first as a licensing consultant at Hope Creek, then as a procedure writer in the Philadelphia Electric Company’s corporate offices. After working as a WD Site Lead, Mr. Lake was promoted to a Director position and managed the day-to-day activities of a sole-source staff augmentation contract with PECO Nuclear. Following this assignment, he was the Director of Mid-West Services for WD and performed consulting work at various nuclear and fossil power plant facilities. During this time, Mr. Lake developed a reputation for leading effective causal analyses and helping clients solve significant performance problems.
In 2008, Mr. Lake accepted a position as Corrective Action Program (CAP) Manager at the Palo Verde Nuclear Station. This role included management of CAP, causal analysis, and operating experience programs. These efforts helped move the station from NRC Reactor Oversight Program (ROP) Column 4 to Column 1, cleared a long-standing substantive cross-cutting issue in the area of Problem Identification and Resolution (PI&R), cleared an NRC Confirmatory Action Letter, and resolved INPO Areas for Improvement (AFI) in Causal Analysis and Operating Experience. Mr. Lake received the 2009 APS Chairman’s Award for leadership in clearing INPO AFI’s and helping the station to improve station performance as recognized in the 2009 INPO Assessment. Subsequently, Mr. Lake was promoted to the Director of Performance Improvement at Palo Verde and in that role continued to drive improvement efforts at the station.
Mr. Lake returned to WD Associates in 2012 as the Vice President of Business Development. In this role he guided the expansion of WD’s recovery support business, causal analysis support, and led WD into new contract markets in the commercial nuclear industry. In 2013, Mr. Lake was promoted to President of WD Associates where he continues to work with clients and lead WD in performance improvement technologies.
Mr. Duffy joined the commercial nuclear industry in 1983 working for General Physics. His initial assignment was at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Engineering on the Critical Equipment Monitoring System project. From there he transferred to Training where he received an SRO certification from General Physics, passed an NRC administered SRO examination, developed Licensed Operator training material and taught Licensed Operator requalification training. He then transferred back to Operations Support where he participated in the system operating procedure up-grade project. In 1988, Mr. Duffy accepted an opportunity to transfer to Vermont Yankee where he worked for two years in the Operations Training area teaching initial licensed operator training and licensed operator requalification training.
In 1990, Mr. Duffy transferred back to Peach Bottom where he filled various positions and entered into his current area of expertise, cause analysis.
In 1993, with the encouragement of his boss, and soon to be partner, Mr. Duffy left General Physics and started WD Associates (WD) with Richard Watkins. WD had a slow beginning but was lucky enough to attract some of the best contracting management in the industry. In a short while, not only did WD have contracts with multiple utilities but was also the provider of choice for Philadelphia Electric’s nuclear division which led to additional work on the fossil side.
By 1997, Mr. Duffy accumulated considerable experience with cause analysis and developed a training program for EPRI which he conducted as far east as Philadelphia and as far west as Hawaii. Since that time, Mr. Duffy has continued to gain experience in cause analysis, project management, and organizational effectiveness, all while maintaining WD as a viable technical services company.
Mr. Duffy has a reputation in the commercial nuclear and fossil power industries for providing effective cause analysis training and assisting stations with preparations for NRC supplemental inspection procedures 95001, 95002, and 95003. In 2013, Mr. Duffy turned over day-to-day operations of WD Associates to Frederic Lake and continues to provide business development support and maintain active involvement with his clients.