Dan Yurman

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Contact Me

Mobile: 216-369-7194 ~ Email: djysrv@gmail.com

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What I do

My day-to-day bread & butter comes from consulting. Click on the Linkedin button on this page for a complete profile including recommendations. I do project management work for firms in several industries. 

Previously, I worked for 20 years in commercialization of energy and environmental technologies at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Also, I worked on project management for cleanup of nuclear waste. 

See the Linkedin profile via the button above for details on this and other formal career engagements. I now live and work in the Cleveland, OH, metro area.

Recent Employment

2014-Present: Senior Project Manager, Affinity Inc., As an employee of Affinity, Inc., I provide consulting project management services for their client Thermo Fisher Scientific and before that for Rockwell Automation. I specialize in project management for new product development for hardware and firmware used in factory automation equipment.

2012-2014 Senior Project Planner / Space Flight Systems / NASA Glenn, Vantage Partners LLC, Cleveland, OH - 

    • Deputy Lead, Project Planning & Controls, Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program. This $50M/yr program produces nuclear-powered electrical systems (PU-238) for use in NASA deep space missions. 
    • Lead a cross-functional team to coordinate project plans for 22 cost accounts including schedules, work breakdown structures, budgets, information systems, configuration management, and risk management.  

Civic Engagements

    1999-2007: Member, Idaho Falls Planning Commission; and, Chairman 2005-2007. 

      • The commission's scope includes land use planning, subdivision review and approval, and recommendations to city council on annexation and zoning. As chairman, I led a 12 member body to review $50 million a year in land use decisions I dealt with the public, elected officials, the news media, and developers for a rapidly growing city of 55,000.

      2002-2005:  Consultant, Non-Profit Board Governance

        • Pro-bono consultant for the Idaho Falls Symphony. Developed a strategy which restored the organization to fiscal health. The business plan included relationships with creditors, marketing, management, and audience development. 
        • Facilitated a series of strategic planning sessions for boards of several non-profits including the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, several economic development groups, a sheltered workshop for the disabled, and a local foundation.

        1994-1999: Member, Federal Advisory Committee for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, GA. 

          • The committee provided advice on nuclear health effects studies conducted at Department of Energy facilities and national laboratories.
          1977-1981 Member, Environmental Policy Commission, City of Alexandria, VA. 
            • Reviewed the environmental impact of proposed planning and zoning actions. Made recommendations to city council.
          Social Media

          Current social media accounts are not related to any employer past or present.

            2014-Present: Publish the blog Neutron Bytes about nuclear energy Sept 2014-Present  Twitter @djysrv Neutron Bytes is the successor blog to Idaho Samizdat (2007-2012). 

            Invited panel member, OECD/NEA CNRA international workshop with stakeholders, "Sharing views on Nuclear Regulatory Organizations’ (NROs) Communication,"​ Hosted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Rockville, MD, USA,1 April 2015 http://bit.ly/1LVO63X

            2007-2012: Publisher, Idaho Samizdat, a blog about nuclear energy.

              • I wrote, edited, and published the blog Idaho Samizdat on nuclear energy and nonproliferation issues. This blog was an independent voice on economic and political aspects of the global nuclear energy industry. 
              • In 2012, the blog had over 300,000 visitors and 1 million page views from readers in 70 countries. It was syndicated at NuclearStreet, and the EnergyCollective. It has been cited in the NYT, FT, and WSJ. The blog was closed and taken offline in November 2012.

            2007-2012: Reporter, Fuel Cycle Week - 

              • I wrote news articles in global nuclear energy markets including uranium mining and enrichment in the US, uranium mining in Canada, and new reactor business deals globally for Fuel Cycle Week, a trade newsletter published by International Nuclear Associates Inc., Washington, D.C.

            2010-2012 Consultant, American Nuclear Society

              • As a consultant, I provide content management services to ANS Nuclear Cafe, the official blog of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Also, I supported social media initiatives at ANS. I was part of the team that launched the organization's official blog.  During the Fukushima crisis in March 2011 blog traffic spiked at 56,000 page views/day. 
              • In June 2011 ANS recognized my work with a special citation for support of crisis communications work on the Fukushima nuclear reactor situation.
              • From Jan 2010 to April 2012 I moderated an email discussion forum on the use of social media in the nuclear industry. It is a private forum hosted by ANS involving several hundred nuclear energy professionals.
              • 2011 ~ Organized in collaboration with ANS and the NRC a first-of-a-kind webinar with the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on reactor safety. Media coverage listed below plus one piece of fan mail.

              2009 ~ As a consulting project manager, I guided the launch of the Facebook page of the Idaho National Laboratory which is used to recruit new nuclear engineers to work there.  

              Computer User Groups
              • 2004-2006:  Edited and published the blog Opera in the News which covered the Opera web browser and related browser market and technology developments in the computer industry and Internet. 
              • 1989: Organized and chaired the Technical Committee on Expert Systems of the IEEE Computer Society. Members of the group developed a standards committee, annual conference, and a peer-reviewed journal. Received an award citation from IEEE in 1990 for this work.
              • 1986-1989 Vice-president of the Capital PC User Group, Washington, DC. Organized the monthly meetings and supported the buying group.
              News Media
                1970-1976 New media & public relations
                • Assistant Editor, Practicing Planner Magazine, American Institute of Planners, Washington, DC 1975-76
                • News Director, KFML Radio Denver, CO, (1971-72)
                • Helped organize the first three Capitol Hill Peoples Fairs in Denver (71-73), 
                • Free lance journalist at Chinook, Straight Creek Journal (70-73)

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                Although I have lived many places, I have great memories of 20 years living in Idaho.

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