John Siefert is Program Manager, Materials and Repair, at the Electric Power Research Institute.
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PUF's Steve Mitnick: What is your role, and what do you do in a typical day?
John Siefert: It's difficult to answer because one of the nice things about being in research is what you do each day could change. What I manage within EPRI is unique as we have the fortune of touching a lot of areas, with components, materials, or challenges within them.
Ultimately, my day consists of managing people and expectations and reviewing content. But it's also spending time in our research labs. Our labs here in Charlotte are phenomenal.
PUF: Is it fair to say you're an expert in welding and the materials having to do with welding?
John Siefert: In a general sense, that's right. But welding, repair, or materials are broad fields. Specifically, power generation materials, steels, and materials that are common to many of our mainstay fossil fired plants is where my expertise is.
PUF: This is a critical field, especially in power generation. Is it all fossil? Maybe nuclear or other plants?