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Sam is the President of Samuel J. Collins Consulting, LLC.  He is the Chairman of two of the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry Fleet Nuclear/Corporate Review Boards and also functions as a Subcommittee Chairman for a three unit nuclear power facility.  Additional responsibilities include the role as an advisor to a fleet Nuclear Oversight Committee and as a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power (INPO) National Nuclear Accrediting Board.

Sam is the former Regional Administrator of NRC's Northeast Region (Region I) in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  He directed a staff of about 240 and a budget of $6.2 million in implementing NRC's regional programs at commercial nuclear power plants, decommissioning sites and materials licensees.  These included inspection and enforcement activities at 26 operating and 9 decommissioning nuclear power plants in the northeastern United States.  The Region's responsibilities also included inspection, licensing and enforcement at 1000 materials licensees located in 20 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, as well as oversight of 16 Agreement State programs.  These programs were administered by management and staff located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia. 

In September 2003, Mr. Collins was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director for Reactor Programs of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  In this role he was responsible for the activities of the four Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regional offices, in addition to the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Investigations and Enforcement.

Prior to his position as Deputy Executive Director for Reactor Programs, Mr. Collins was Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation of the NRC from February 1997 to September of 2003.  As Director, he was responsible for licensing and inspection activities of all nuclear power reactor facilities in the United States.  He developed policy and guidance for advanced reactor facilities and license extension, and represented NRC reactor programs domestically and internationally.

He held positions from November 1989 to February 1997 as Director, Division of Reactor Projects; Director, Division of Reactor Safety; Director, Division of Nuclear Materials; and Deputy Regional Administrator for NRC Region IV in Arlington, TX. 

From 1984 to November 1989, Sam Collins worked in NRC Region I, King of Prussia, PA.  He held positions as Section Chief, Branch Chief and Deputy Director of the Division of Reactor Projects.

Sam joined the NRC in February 1980 as a Reactor Operations Resident Inspector at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.  In 1983 he became the Senior Resident Inspector at Yankee Rowe Station. 

From 1971 to 1980, Sam worked with the Navy Nuclear program as an engineer for Tenneco Corporation at Newport News Shipbuilding.  He held various positions which included Design Engineer, Mechanical Test Engineer, Shift Test Engineer, Shift Test Supervisor and Joint Test Group Chairman.  In addition, he was responsible for the design, testing and operation of the first Steam Generator Chemical Cleaning facility at Newport News.
Sam has 40 years of experience with naval and commercial nuclear power plants.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marine Maritime Academy in 1971.  He has been a licensed S5W Reactor Shift Test Engineer and a licensed Coast Guard Engineer for Steam and Diesel Unlimited Horsepower.  He has been a qualified Boiling Water Reactor and Pressurized Water Reactor NRC Inspector, and a qualified Incident Investigation Team Leader.

Sam resides in Exton, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Meg, who is a Registered Nurse.  Their son, Sean, is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech., is a former Navy Aviator, and is currently the Business Development Manager for Victory Media.  Their daughter, Leela, is a graduate of Towson University, with a Bachelor and Masters Degree, and works as a technical resource educator in Baltimore, Maryland.  Sam and Meg have a grandson, Hudson Riley Collins.