Description: In this issue Rick Sawicki answers the question--What is your role as chief engineer on this project? His reply is--There are two major roles for the Chief Engineer position: (1) to assure that the engineering that is being performed for the project is safely completed in full compliance with all federal, state and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory policies, standards and procedures and (2) as needed, address special engineering issues as they arise assuring that their resolution is completed in the safest, most effective manner consistent with the project's budget and schedule constraints. Currently the project is nearing completion. Many activities are rapidly coming to a conclusion and many new, complex systems are being activated. I am presently playing a major role in coordinating these activities so that the work can be executed safely and efficiently and the project will complete on schedule. He also answers the following questions: (1) What is the timetable to have this facility up and running for experimentation; (2) Where is the facility; (3) How large is your team of designers, engineers, etc.; (4) What are the means of achieving nuclear fusion; (5) What are the special engineering challenges of this project; (6) How close are scientists to achieving nuclear fusion; (7) What safety issues are involved in nuclear fusion; (8) Are there any waste issues involved in nuclear fusion that need to be solved; (9) Are there security issues to take into consideration in designing a facility for nuclear fusion; (10) Do you work directly with any of the scientists who are working on nuclear fusion; (11) What are kinds of engineers are needed in your area of expertise; and (12) Anything else you think is important for people to know about nuclear fusion as a piece of the energy solutions puzzle?
Date: May 21, 2008
Creator: Sawicki, R
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