John David Nulton

Professional Title:  Nuclear Engineer    

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 1968
M.S. Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering, Stanford University, 1970

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Career Profile:  Dave spent over 40 years in the field of engineering and technical project management, managing organizations at all levels, including executive, technical and administrative.  During his 36 year career with the U.S. Department of Energy, he was involved in the design, construction, and operation of advanced nuclear reactors and related test facilities; and the production of nuclear isotopes for industrial, medical, and research applications.  In the early 1990s, he served as the Director of the Department’s Nuclear Energy Office.  He was also part of a team of senior managers who created a program to dispose of nuclear materials from dismantled nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia.  During this period, Dave was responsible National Environmental Policy Act activities which included the preparation of environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and outreach programs. He organized and conducted formal public meetings as part of this process, and met with special interest groups, Native Americans, and state and local officials.  He was also responsible for negotiations with foreign governments involved in nuclear weapons materials disposition programs.  In his retirement, Dave has worked as an energy and management consultant, and spoken locally on energy alternatives needed to achieve energy independence and a cleaner environment.

Volunteer/Community Service:  Dave has been involved in a number of volunteer activities which include tutoring math, coaching youth sports, and serving in community organization and church leadership roles.  Dave is a recipient of George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light Award.  Since moving to Durango, Dave served as President of the Durango Discovery Museum Board of Directors during the design, fundraising, and construction phases, and through the museum’s opening in early 2011.  He works with the Durango High School Aerospace Design Team, serves as a judge in local science fairs, and serves as an INTEL International Science Fair judge.