Richard D. Wittmeier
Rich was born and raised in Tripp, South Dakota on a cattle and hog farm. He attended South Dakota State University graduating with a B.S. Degree in Engineering Physics in 1980 and a M.S. Degree in Engineering in 1982. He worked for Nebraska Public Power District as a Nuclear Engineer. After a year in this roll, Rich returned to college and received his M.S. Degree in Nuclear Engineering from M.I.T in 1985. Rich next joined GE’s Knolls Atomic Power Lab as a Manufacturing Development Engineer. 1992 Rich became the Senior Program Manager for Marathon Control Blades joining GE’s Nuclear Energy team in Wilmington, NC. In 1997 Rich joined the Dry Conversion Process Startup Team as a Manufacturing Startup Engineer to starting up the new Uranium Processing Plant. In 1999 Rich became the Sourcing Manager for GENE’s Global Nuclear Fuels Joint Venture in Wilmington, NC and then in 2002 became their Business Development Manager. Rich became the CPO for GE Nuclear Energy in 2002. In 2007 he became the Nuclear Energy Quality Leader. In 2010 Rich lead the Thermal Products Quality Team. In 2013, Rich returned to Sourcing as the Senior Global Commodity Leader – MRO for Power Systems. In 2014 he became the Indirect Sourcing Leader for Well Performance Services in GE Oil & Gas. Water and Process Technologies was his next challenge as the Indirect Global Sourcing Leader in late 2015. Rich retired from this role at the end of 2020 after a 35-year career.
Rich and Susan moved back to North Carolina in 2019 to be near their children and grandchild. After designing their fourth house, Rich turned his efforts on a dock for their coastal lot. After being through 9 hurricanes throughout this life, Rich new the destructive power a hurricane has on coastal docks. Hence, he and his son patented the Hurrisafe Removable Dock Design.
Rich is married to Susan, and they have two sons, Ross, and Stuart. He enjoys spending his time with his family, golfing, biking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and the beach.