AEM Leadership

Gary Dunford – Principal

Gary Dunford has a strong background in plant operations and process engineering support to radioactive/mixed waste facilities. His experience extends into systems engineering applications, flowsheet development, Conduct of Operations principles, operational readiness activities, safety documentation preparation and authorization basis implementation. Mr. Dunford is noted for his ability to identify innovative solutions to problems and bring diverse groups to complete projects. He has worked, and is familiar with, various U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites throughout the country (e.g., Hanford, Idaho and Savannah River).

William Gene Ramsey, PhD – Operations Manager, East Coast Office

Dr. Ramsey is an internationally experienced executive/engineer with 24 years in technical and management positions in strategic planning, product engineering, process modeling and flowsheet development, nuclear materials process and business development. As AEM’s Operations Manager, he is responsible for developing and managing project and task-related scopes for AEM in the eastern United States as well as serving as a Subject Matter Expert on nuclear waste disposition and technology.

Al Pajunen, PE – Senior Technical Advisor

Al Pajunen is a Licensed Professional Chemical Engineer in Washington and Tennessee with 35 years of process engineering experience at nuclear facilities. He has a strong background in flowsheet development, including unit operations, kinetics, mass transfer, heat transfer, ion exchange and drying used in radioactive waste processing, spent nuclear fuel reprocessing and plutonium processing. He has extensive experience in waste systems and contributing to studies and reports for retrieving and processing waste from Hanford’s single-shell tanks (SSTs) and double-shell tanks (DSTs).

Craig Whiteley, PMP, EVP – Senior Technical Advisor

Craig Whiteley is an expert in senior project management, project controls and earned value management systems (EVMS), specializing in mission critical projects for government and private sector customers. He has planned and provided leadership on research and development, construction and environmental management projects. His experience spans the project lifecycle from initiation through project closeout. He has formulated and directed project teams using a variety of acquisition strategies, including cost-plus award fee, design bid-build, fixed-price and design-build contracting strategies. Early career experience developing corporate project planning and control systems plus training staff in their use, has provided Craig with substantial skills in organizing and integrating cross-functional teams focused on successful project delivery. Under Craig’s direction, team members have successfully contracted for and managed engineering, construction, startup and commissioning services to achieve sponsor-approved mission objectives ahead of schedule and under budget.

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