Kris Gaines

Kris Gaines

Kris Gaines



Kris Gaines is an Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate where he has been employed since 2010. Kris currently serves as the Program Manager for DOE's Russian-Origin Removal Program. He leads a staff with the responsibility of overseeing the removal or security of highly enriched uranium fuel at former Soviet and Chinese-supplied research reactors to reduce the nuclear proliferation threat they pose. Over his career, he has also provided engineering and project management expertise to various foreign nuclear security projects including teaching foreign partners how to effectively utilize project management tools, such as Earned Value Management System (EVMS), which led to the first Russian project to finish on time and within budget.
He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee and received his Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) in 2012.


2017 Secretary of Energy Achievement Award


IVG and IGR Reactors, National Nuclear Center (NNC), Kurchatov, Kazakhstan
Ghana Miniature Neutron Source Reactor, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commision (NNRI/GAEC), Accra, Ghana
Neutron Source Facility and Tc99 Production Facility, Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT), Kharkiv, Ukraine
Nuclear Island, Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia
K26 (Mining & Chemical Combine), Zheleznogorsk, Russia
Security Assessment Training Center (SATC), Sergiyev Posad, Russia
Abramovo Counter-Terrorism Training Center (ACTC), Abramovo, Russia
Kola Technical Center (KTC), Severomorsk, Russia
Far East Training Center (FETC), Khabarovsk, Russia
Russian Federation Ministry of Defense Strategic Rocket Forces (RF MOD SRF)


Bolshinsky, Igor; Dewes, John; Gaines, Kris and Browning, Debbie. "International MNSR Training Center in Ghana Provides HEU Removal Expertise" DNN Sentinel IV.2 (Aug. 2018): 4-5. Web. 13 Aug. 2018

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