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NNSA selects John Eschenberg to head UPF design and construction project

As we continue our work to build a 21st Century Nuclear Security Enterprise, and as we work to continually improve how we execute our major construction and acquisition projects, we need the best people we can find to complete our mission. 

Today I’m pleased to announce that John Eschenberg, currently Interim Manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office, has been tapped to lead the design and construction efforts of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at Y-12.  He will transition to the UPF design and construction project in April.

As many of you may know, UPF will replace a World War II-era system by consolidating enriched uranium operations, including assembly, disassembly, and dismantlement of nuclear weapons components. It is a key piece of NNSA’s future.  It is projected to be the largest construction project in Tennessee history, and design of the UPF is approximately two-thirds complete with construction planned to begin this spring.

John is certified as a Level IV Project Manager in DOE’s Project Management Career Development Program and was recognized as the National Management Association’s Executive of the Year for 2009. Prior to his Oak Ridge assignment, he held staff and senior management roles at DOE nuclear facilities including the Hanford Site in Washington, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland system. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Executive Management Program at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He will transition to the UPF design and construction project in April pending formal approval by DOE/NNSA.  Please welcome John to the NNSA family and help him in his new role in any way you can.

Neile Miller
Principal Deputy Administrator