Stefanie Fountain is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Tennessee with more than 20 years of professional experience focused in the areas or radiological waste management; on-site disposal facility siting and design; site characterization and conceptual site model development; groundwater fate and transport modeling; construction management and quality assurance; and conceptual and detailed remediation system design.
Stefanie's technical practice focuses on sites with nuclear environmental impacts. Many of her projects involve both environmental (e.g., groundwater evaluation) and geotechnical considerations, particularly those related to landfills.
As a consultant, Stefanie assists clients with radiological, Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), and Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) waste management; on-site disposal facility siting and construction; large-scale groundwater and soil investigation; data evaluation; database design and management; risk assessment; groundwater risk modeling; feasibility study; and conceptual and detailed remediation design. Throughout her career, Stefanie has developed remedial strategies and cost estimates aligned with short- and long-term objectives and the project's regulatory setting, particularly Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). She is experienced in detailed evaluation of alternatives for waste disposal. Stefanie has extensive knowledge of environmental regulations, and routinely interacts and negotiates with state and federal regulators on behalf of her clients. She has also developed and presented project materials representing client interests at public information exchanges with community groups and other stakeholders. Additionally, with a diverse background in construction and preparation of construction plans and specifications, Stefanie has provided resident engineering and construction quality assurance (CQA) services for several RCRA Subtitle C landfills and closure systems.
She continues to advance the state of the practice on the topic of radioactive waste management as a regular presenter at professional conferences and has completed the Decommissioning Certificate Program through the Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Stefanie is a member of the American Nuclear Society, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Project Management Institute. She is a Program Advisory Committee Member for the Waste Management Symposium, participates in the U.S. Department of Energy Performance and Risk Assessment Community of Practice (P&RA COP), and is a certified Project Management Professional.