October 14, 2020 | By Ellen O'Shea

What can 50 years produce? A sterling career, among other things. When he retired on Oct. 2, NAC’s Dan Collier, Director of Consulting, made that point loud and clear.

To say Dan’s tenure at NAC is storied is an understatement. No other tenured employee has logged as many years at NAC. Suffice it to say Dan saw a lot of firsts over his time at NAC since that June day in 1971 when he first clocked in as a full-time NAC International employee. Along the way, Dan supported and ultimately led projects and programs at the core of NAC’s business. As a newly minted mechanical engineer in 1971 from Georgia Tech, he contributed to fuel designs for NAC’s Fuel-Trac system and moved on to help develop the Nuclear Operations Reliability Assurance Network for analyzing and interpreting reactor performance data. He was also a member of the Transport Systems Group, serving as a project engineer in licensing, fabricating and marketing the NAC-1 spent fuel shipping cask.

In the 1970s, Dan brokered more than 10 million pounds of uranium in the United States, Asia and Europe. Plus, he was engaged in the first assignment of a DOE uranium enrichment and the first spot enrichment sale, not to mention one of the first private international sales of plutonium.

Dan joined NAC’s Uranium Operations Division in the 1970s, where he was engaged in uranium property evaluations. These integrated technical, geologic, mining and legal elements in business plans for clients engaged in uranium property development.

But Dan’s effort to sharpen his skills didn’t stop with NAC. As a full-time employee in the 1970s, he earned an MBA from Georgia State University.

In the late 1970s, he established NAC’s Fuel Consulting division. There, Dan sharpened his expertise in fuel cycle analyses, growing NAC’s consulting staff and opening offices in Zurich, Moscow and Tokyo. Among other achievements, Dan developed NAC’s uranium price forecasting capability.

A quick review of the positions Dan held throughout his career at NAC tells a story of a true talent growing as a leader: He served as Vice President of the Resource Analysis Division, Corporate QA Manager, Acting Vice President of European Operations, Senior VP of Fuel Resources Management, Senior Vice President of Energy Resources, and he was also President of Nuclear Assurance Corporation when NAC was three companies. In addition, he has been the Executive Director of the World Nuclear Fuel Market (WNFM) since 1987.

“We are extremely fortunate to have had a gentleman of his caliber, expertise, and un-wavering commitment among us over the years. Dan will be greatly missed, and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Mike McMahon, Vice President, Consulting & Strategic Projects.

Following Dan’s retirement, Dave Culp has taken over as Director of Consulting for NAC International.