Eric Williams is the director of engineering and director of reactor safety and plant control at TerraPower. In this role, he oversees development of TWR technology with enhanced safety using analysis, testing and advanced computer modeling. Williams has 20 years of experience in engineering and has spent the last 13 years developing nuclear power plant designs, with an emphasis on safety.
Before coming to TerraPower, Williams spent four years at B&W mPower developing a new small modular reactor design and worked to develop the safety of the plant and take the design through pre-licensing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He also led the development of an Integrated Systems Test facility, which was a small scale electrically powered version of the nuclear power plant used to demonstrate the safety characteristics of the plant during simulated accident scenarios.
Earlier in his career, Williams worked on another new reactor design where he led a team that analyzed severe accidents. He developed the analysis and documentation needed to license the design and took the severe accident analysis through the licensing process.
Prior to working on new nuclear reactor designs, Williams worked on making the current fleet of nuclear power plants in the U.S. more efficient by upgrading their equipment and modernizing their systems. He worked directly with electric power utilities and visited operating nuclear power plants to understand the issues they faced and helped develop solutions.
Williams holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, a Master’s of Business Administration from Lynchburg College and holds a Professional Engineer license.