Scott F. Newberry

NewberryScott Newberry is a 1966 graduate of Canastota High School and a 1970 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is a recognized national and international expert in nuclear power plant design, safety and licensing. While a Senior Executive (SES) at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Scott was recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 1995 by President Clinton and in 2004 by President Bush. He was selected in 2000 to be the United States representative for the International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Reactor Safety Standards Committee in Vienna, Austria.

Scott served as a naval officer on two nuclear fleet ballistic missile submarines, making five extended patrols and qualifying as a Chief Engineer for naval nuclear power plants. In 1976 Scott joined the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in 1980. His graduate work focused on nuclear reactor safety and analysis.

In 1979, the Three Mile Island (TMI) reactor accident occurred in Middletown, PA. Scott was selected to fly with the NRC team to TMI via Presidential helicopter to make sure the damaged reactor core was safely cooled and contained. Based on his work at TMI, Scott worked with the NRC team to identify lessons learned and establish new reactor safety requirements in the US.

In 1988 Scott was selected for the Senior Executive Service, the highest management level in government. As a senior executive at the NRC, Scott’s organizations developed new requirements to ensure the safety of the 100 reactors being designed, built, or licensed to operate in the US. These included requirements for using new technology and for correcting identified safety problems. After the 9-11 attacks, Scott’s analysts were responsible for assessing the potential vulnerabilities of nuclear power plants to terrorist threats including the possible impact of large commercial aircraft. These assessments assisted the White House and federal agencies with developing national policy and additional safety measures at all nuclear power plants.

In 2004 Scott retired from the NRC and become Vice President for Nuclear Safety Systems atNewberry Grad Information Systems Laboratories, a leader in reactor safety analysis. Here he formed a first-of-a-kind multi-company consortium that performed safety reviews of new reactor designs for the NRC. French, UK, Chinese, and South Korean organizations also requested assistance, as did DOE and NASA. Scott personally led a team of experts to Beijing to train Chinese engineers on the safety of a new reactor design purchased from the US in 2008.

In 2009 Scott founded his own company to focus internationally, advising countries that were considering use of nuclear power. Through 2016 he worked with governments in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe on nuclear reactor safety. In his last project before retiring, Scott was asked to provide expert testimony to the International Court of Arbitration in London regarding a multi-billion dollar dispute concerning construction delays of a nuclear power plant in Europe.

Scott is proud to have played quarterback on Canastota’s 1966 championship football team. He currently supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and works in the local elementary school as a volunteer in the art department. Scott is the son of the late Mary (Thomas) and Pember Newberry.