Tom Barron, Ph.D., CIHM, CECD, CECM, CBM, is president of 21st Management Corporation located in Paducah, KY. Dr. Barron has over 37 years of diverse nuclear industry experience working with licensees, operating contractors and industry suppliers helping ensure compliance with nuclear quality assurance standards and regulatory requirements as contained in 10CFR50 Appendix B, ASME NQA-1, ASME Section III NCA 3800 and 4000; 10CFR830 Subpart A, and DOE order 414.1A-D. He serves as a contract NQA-1 lead auditor for license holders, DOE operating contractors and industry subcontractors. He is also an occupational safety and health adjunct professor for the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State University located in Murray, KY.
Dr. Barron began working in the nuclear industry as a radiation control specialist at Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding in 1974. From 1977 to 1987 he worked at the DOE Hanford Nuclear Reservation for Rockwell Hanford in variety of capacities including radiological control, engineering services, waste program management and as the 200 Areas training manager. In 1987 he left Hanford for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in Paducah, KY.
At PGDP he served as the plant-site training manager, contamination control program manager, S & H staff consultant, and nuclear safety and quality lead auditor. He has been a certified NQA-1 lead auditor for 20 years performing hundreds of NQA-1-based functional and vendor audits. He retired from PGDP in 2004, and for the past 10 years have been a quality assurance, training and safety consultant to the industry. He has developed and conducted NQA-1 lead auditor training programs leading to auditor certification governed by ASME NQA-1 Part I Requirement 2 Paragraph 303 and ANSI 45.2.23.