2016 | ANNUAL REPORT 21 As scheduler for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), John Coody is used to keeping a lot of balls in the air. His job involves working with researchers and experiment managers, looking at a scoping statement, and figuring out when to schedule design, fabrication, assembly, irradiation, post- irradiation examination, and disposition of materials. But Project Control is something that comes naturally, perhaps even by birth. His father, also John Coody, was a project controller for EG&G Idaho and Lockheed Martin Idaho. When Coody came to work for the NSUF in May 2016, it was after 20 years of working project controls for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hanford, Savannah River, and Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. In the private sector, he worked for Motorola and at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Generating Station in southwest Michigan. Coody said his experience at D.C. Cook gave him valuable insight into one of the NSUF’s key missions, the life cycle extension of nuclear power plants. “It’s important now because all the plants are aging,” he said. “The newest nuclear plants were built in the late ‘70s or early‘80s and back then they were only licensed for 30 years.” (D.C. Cook’s two units, which went online in 1975 and 1978, have been relicensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission through 2034 and 2037.) Coody said what he likes best about working for the NSUF is the variety. Since coming, he has worked on projects with GE Hitachi, Idaho State University, Boise State University, and Colorado School of Mines.With the number of Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) projects and RapidTurnaround Experiments (RTEs) rising sharply (from 2015 to 2016, CINR full project applications went from 17 to 32 and RTE project applications rose from 47 to 75), the pace of work shows no sign of slowing down. “We’re doing something different all the time,” Coody said. John Coody NSUF scheduler at home in Project Controls