U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Jose Ibarra is the Chief for the Generic Issues and Operating Experience Section in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) for the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
These two vital programs assess critical safety issues of nuclear power plants and nuclear materials facilities.
The Generic Issues Program identifies, assesses and resolves safety issues that are applicable across the regulated U.S nuclear industry.
The Operating Experience Program evaluates reactor events for long term assessments to identify potential safety problems.
will report the status of issue resolution to the U.S Congress
is regarded a technical expert in the field of instrumentation and control and is highly regarded within the NRC
As a testament to his
is part of an elite technical group of NRC engineers that are called to respond to nuclear emergencies.
Additionally, he is the NRC RES representative to the working group on operating experience of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).
Each year, he
meets with international representatives to share lessons learned from international nuclear power plant operating events.
In addition to his
technical achievements, Ibarra
has also contributed to the highest gain of Hispanics for any government technical agency.
was a major contributor to the master plan devised by senior management to increase Hispanic employment in 2000.
These results were accomplished by actively mentoring, recruiting, coaching and serving as chair of the Hispanic Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
In 1990, Hispanic employment at the NRC
was 1.6% and has grown to 4.6% in 2005.
Over the past 10 years his
efforts have also doubled the representation of Hispanics in supervisory roles and have helped prepare a pool of qualified Hispanics and other minorities for management roles in the future.
resides in North Potomac, Maryland with his
He received his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and has done graduate work toward and MBA degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
He is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.