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Thomas W. Houston

Thomas W. Houston is a Technical Staff Member in the Probabilistic Structural Mechanics Team, part of the Nuclear Design and Risk Analysis Group (D-5) in the Decision Applications Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Before joining LANL, Mr. Houston was the managing partner at Structural Dynamics Engineering in Augusta, Georgia, for 6 years. Before that, he was employed for 9 years as a fellow engineer at Westinghouse Savannah River Co. in Aiken, South Carolina, and has 12 years of extensive experience in design, construction, and licensing of nuclear power plants.

Mr. Houston has a thorough background in analysis, design, and evaluation of nuclear-related structures and systems, including linear and nonlinear stress analysis, soil dynamics, structural dynamics, and stability. He has extensive experience with major finite-element and stress analysis codes, including soil-structure interaction codes. He currently serves on the American Society of Civil Engineer's Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures technical committee. Mr. Houston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil/structural engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in civil/geotechnical engineering from the University of South Carolina, and is working toward a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Houston currently is involved in providing technical support for developing the safety basis and designs related to natural phenomena hazards at several Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, including the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at LANL, the Advanced Test Reactor and the Integrated Waste Transfer facilities at Idaho National Laboratory, the Highly Enriched Uranium Storage Facility and Spallation Neutron Source Facility at Y-12, and the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication facility at the Savannah River Site. Mr. Houston is the principal investigator for the "Development of Methodology to Produce Hazard Consistent Structure Demands and In-Structure Design Response Spectra" task for the DOE's Office of Science and Technology and International Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Recent papers coauthored by Mr. Houston include "Seismic Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Walls with Granular Infill" and "Evaluation of Slope Stability at the Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory."


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