Meet Alumni: Hank Hoelscher

Graduated from Purdue: May 1979 BS Nuclear Engineering
Executive Masters in Business Administration - University of St. Thomas, May 2004
Certified Project Manager – Project Management Institute (PMI) – September 2005
Registered Professional Engineer – Wisconsin (current)
BS Nuclear Engineering – Purdue University, May 1979


Xcel Energy
2015 – Present
Manager Nuclear Analysis and Design
Responsible for the nuclear fuel supply and reactor core design process for all Xcel nuclear facilities (aprox. $50 M/cycle)
Managed the department software QA program and the corporate IT interface agreement
Managed Fuel Transition Projects (aprox. $20 M/project)
Member Electric Power Research Regulatory Technical Advisory Committee for Nuclear Fuel Reliability
2007 – 2015
Supervisor Fuel Design and Analysis (PWR/BWR)
Responsible for the technical aspects of the nuclear fuel supply and reactor core design for Prairie Island/Monticello Nuclear Plant
Managed Fuel Transition Projects for PWR and BWR
Member PWR Owner Group Analysis Subcommittee
Acting Manager, Prairie Island Design Engineering (2009)
Acting Manager, Prairie Island System Engineering (2012-2013)
Nuclear Management Company
2004 – 2007
Manager Fleet Projects
Established a fleet project management office
Key projects included Pathfinder Nuclear Plant decommissioning, plant uprate projects, and a new back-up Emergency Operating Facility
Fleet Lead – Procedures, Records and Document Control
2002 - 2007
Fleet Project Manager for Vessel Head Replacement Project
Managed the first multi-site capital project ($200 M) to replace 6 reactor vessel heads
Achieved cost, schedule and quality objectives
Established a global project team of more than 60 people with offices in Japan, Canada, Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin
Project was named one of the Seven Engineering Wonders for 2006 by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers
Awarded the 2007 PMI Minnesota “Project of the Year”
Highlighted in a feature article in Nuclear News, October 2006
Manager Business Planning – Business Development Section
Created and developed the strategic and planning process to support growth strategy for NMC. Growing it to be the 6th largest nuclear fleet.
Provided business analysis support including financial modeling, business cast development for a variety of growth scenarios including natural gas,    international partnerships, utilities and venture capital.
Provided support and analysis of due-diligence reviews
Wisconsin Electric
1994 - 2000
Supervising Engineer - Business Unit Planning
Coordinated corporate business planning, strategic planning, performance monitoring, management services and scheduling for the Nuclear Business Unit.
Business plan received outstanding rating by independent external assessment group among top rated nuclear plants.
Part of recovery planning strategy team that brought the Point Beach from regulatory scrutiny to improved performance.
Project Engineer - Safety Evaluation Group
Team leader responsible for nuclear plant independent safety assessments
outage safety assessments helped Point Beach achieve nationwide leading outage performance
50.59 process ownership
reduced outage time by 50% while improving outage safety
Evaluator Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Atlanta, Georgia
peer-reviewed engineering organizations of 15 plants
facilitated industry workshop on reducing design cost
edited industry standard on system engineering
Senior Engineer - Plant Engineering, Point Beach Nuclear Plant Lead mechanical engineer for on-site design and technical support
designed/managed a modification producing $10,000,000 savings
designed/ managed approximately 100 modifications
Senior Reactor Operator Certification/Shift Technical Advisor – October 1987
Public Service Indiana
Senior Engineer - Mechanical Construction Engineering
Design, procurement, project management and construction experience of a 2400 MW nuclear plant
Part of a team that achieved the first ASME “N stamp” held by a utility