W Brian Weston
Research Reactors Division Director
As Director for the Research Reactors Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at ORNL, Mr. Weston is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the High Flux Isotope Reactor. This 85MW reactor is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world, enabling world-class capabilities for neutron scattering, isotope production, materials irradiation, neutron activation analysis, and nuclear physics.
Mr. Weston originally came to ORNL in 2007 to join the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Systems Engineering group as a Mechanical Engineer. He soon moved up to Mechanical Engineering Lead, where he oversaw all mechanical engineering activities and implemented improved work scheduling practices for the mechanical engineers. Mr. Weston later assumed the Maintenance Manager role at HFIR, taking charge of the Craft and Maintenance Engineering groups. Over the next five years, he strengthened the overall management and safety culture in Maintenance through improved communications, safety meetings, supervisor training, and by implementing HFIR 101 qualification training to improve craft knowledge of reactor systems and their importance to nuclear safety. Mr. Weston then returned to engineering as Systems Engineering, Fabrication, and Experiments Manager. He was responsible for all in-house Design and Fabrications activities at HFIR, and he led an activity to establish cross-functional core teams for HFIR neutron scattering instrument upgrades and to develop an integrated instrument upgrade plan.
In 2017, Mr. Weston took on the role of Director for the Office of Integrated Performance Management, reporting to the Laboratory’s Deputy Director for Operations. In this role, he supported the Office of the Laboratory Director, with responsibility for contractor assurance, business analysis, performance assessment, and independent oversight functions. He also coordinated the annual laboratory planning process for the support organizations before returning to HFIR in 2019 as Division Director.
Prior to working at ORNL, Mr. Weston spent 14 years in engineering and management for tier one automotive manufacturers. During this time, he oversaw the engineering activities for process design on several new starter and alternator production lines and worked to streamline operating processes for notable savings in both labor and space efficiency. One of the most challenging and impactful experiences was a one-year assignment in Japan where he led alternator design change projects, conducting all business in Japanese.
In addition to his responsibilities at ORNL, Mr. Weston serves on the Board of Managers at Idaho National Laboratory, where he chairs their Operations Committee. Mr. Weston holds a BS in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University. He has received multiple awards from UT-Battelle for Mission Support as well as the 2017 Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Mission Support. In 2016, he graduated from Battelle’s Lab Operations Leadership Academy. He has also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Next Level Leadership training and the University of Tennessee’s ASEM Engineering Management certificate.