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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Design and Construction

Department of Energy Thomas Fletcher Lecture

Mr. Fletcher’s lecture will focus on the Richland Operations Office’s priorities
for continuing the cleanup of the Hanford Site, explaining how their office,
with an annual budget of approximately $1 billion and multiple contractors
under his oversight, continues to progress in their mission at the 580-squaremile
Hanford Site while adhering to safe, environmentally acceptable and
responsible management.

He will also discuss the Richland Operations Office’s priorities for the next
several years.

Mr. Fletcher became Deputy Manager of the Richland Operations Office in December
2016. He has oversight of daily operations, program planning, project execution,
budgeting, and compliance with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent
Order (Tri-Party Agreement).

With more than 20 years of experience managing nuclear operations, construction,
deactivation and demolition, and environmental remediation projects, Mr. Fletcher was
previously Assistant Manager at the Office of River Protection for Waste Treatment and
Immobilization Plant Start-Up, Commissioning, and Integration; responsible for
engineering, procurement, construction, nuclear safety, hazardous waste management,
and operations of the Hanford tank farms.

Prior to coming to Hanford, Mr. Fletcher served at the U.S. Department of Army Corps
of Engineers Walla Walla District as a co-lead for the Richland Operations Life Cycle
Cost Baseline, the foundation for the $3 billion Mission Support Contract and $7 billion
Plateau Remediation Contract.

Mr. Fletcher holds bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from Washington
State University. He is a registered professional engineer in Washington State and a
certified project management professional through the Project Management Institute.

Lease Crutcher Lewis Lunch & Learn

Students with a construction emphasis are encouraged to attend. WSU has had multiple CE graduates employed by this company and they have had great experiences with them!

About Lease Crutcher Lewis:

Locally owned since 1886, Lewis is committed to making a positive impact for clients and the community. Every Day. At Lewis, where every employee is an owner, people are personally invested in the success of our clients and empowered to take swift action to meet their goals. They understand that in construction even the smallest of details affect the integrity of the work and the safety of their sites. That’s why their teams are tenacious when it comes to getting it right, day in and day out, to deliver quality buildings that stand the test of time.

Meet Mary

Dean Rezac standing in her office.
Mary Rezac is Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture's new dean. She comes to Pullman from Kansas State University, where she served as Tim Taylor Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of Major Grant Initiatives in the College of Engineering.

Here’s a chance to get to know Mary and her thoughts on the future of Voiland College. » More ...

Lab Safety Training

The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA), in partnership with WSU Environmental Health & Safety, created a specifically designed safety course to address the most common safety practices and areas of risk lab users may experience at WSU.

The course has been taken by numerous seasoned scientists, as well as those with no lab experience.  Both groups have noted they come away from the course pleasantly surprised at what they learned, and most make changes in their lab practices as a result.

VCEA strongly encourages all Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture personnel working or supporting a lab environment take this training, indifferent of their experience.

The training, already a requirement for any PACCAR lab user, provides an updated look at current lab practices in addition to three primary areas that influence risk within a lab.

  • Five Focus Areas and Chemical Compatibility
  • General Laboratory Safety and Hazard Communication
  • Dangerous Waste Generator, Chemical Storage, Emergency Response and Planning

The safety course is free of charge.