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John Veldman-bio

John P. Veldman, PhD

Dr. John P. Veldman retired in early 2011, as Associate Laboratory Director for National and Homeland Security at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) after 38 years of service.  In this role, John was responsible for leadership of $150M/yr. in applied research and development programs that served National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) Defense Programs, NNSA Nonproliferation Programs, and various Homeland Security, law enforcement, and Intelligence Agencies.  These programs range from sophisticated measurement and materials science technologies, to training field agents on Weapons of Mass Effect.  Dr. Veldman diversified the customer base and more than doubled the revenue stream in four years; based on an exceptional staff, solid strategic business planning, and strong customer focus.

As Chief Engineer on the Integrated Leadership Team for a $3-4B NNSA weapons facility from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Veldman served as the primary interface with NNSA-HQ on planning, budgeting, managing and monitoring all tasks related to facility design.  John was responsible for establishing and directing teams of National Labs, weapons complex sites, external experts, and architect/engineers to effectively support facility design activities at each phase of the Project.  In addition, John’s team conducted extensive technical and alternative studies, established a comprehensive set of requirements, developed a process building design concept, integrated safety and security into the design, performed project risk assessments, developed a business decision ranging estimate, and assisted NNSA with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  The NNSA officially commended the Savannah River Project Team for the design effort.

Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), the predecessor of SRNL, was heavily committed to internal customers when the Cold War ended in 1993, and its viability was threatened when nuclear material production ceased at Savannah River Site.  Dr. Veldman was appointed manager of Technology Business Development to quickly develop external business based on the Technology Center’s core technical capabilities.  John increased revenue from $10M to $85M in six years, a dramatic turnaround.

As a Process Associate in SRTC, John provided project/program management and technical leadership in the development and implementation of novel high technology systems.  Projects included an award winning multi-million dollar development program providing innovative design concepts for the New Production Reactor, directing a large inter-disciplinary team which developed and implemented a successful structural integrity monitoring program for crucial reactor testing, and chairing a Project Design Review that identified serious design problems in a $100M project.

From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Veldman held a series of positions of increasing management responsibility with E.I. DuPont de Nemours’ flagship petrochemicals facility at Victoria, TX.  As Business Unit Leader, John was responsible for all aspects of manufacturing and engineering for a Business Unit composed of a specialty chemicals plant, a nitric acid plant, and extensive utility facilities.  As Manufacturing Superintendent, John was responsible for all production and maintenance functions for all the facilities noted above, plus a world class nylon intermediates plant. During his tenure at Victoria Plant, Dr. Veldman set a nylon intermediates production record; saved $16M/yr. by reducing maintenance personnel by 30%, achieving maintenance costs of 2% of replacement investment; set up utility operations to run as a business, saving $2M/yr.; completed a major cogeneration project $5M under budget and four months ahead of schedule; and established a participative leadership concept. 

From 1973 to 1979, John worked for DuPont’s Engineering Dept., providing a broad range of consulting engineering services worldwide on rotating equipment problems of corporate significance.

Dr. Veldman received B.S., M.E., and Dr. of Eng. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y..

John is a Registered Engineer in Texas.

John currently holds Department of Energy “Q” and SCI security clearances.