Ken Rueter was appointed to a three-year term as the Society’s public director in 2021. He provides a corporate perspective on the Board of Directors from outside the occupational safety and health profession. His term runs through June 30, 2024.
Rueter is president and CEO of UCOR, the Department of Energy's (DOE) cleanup contractor for the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee. He guides a management team and a workforce of nearly 2,000 in tackling the largest environmental cleanup in DOE’s history, eliminating hazards and reducing risks. His dedication to safety resulted in UCOR receiving the Legacy of Star, DOE’s highest recognition in its Voluntary Protection Program.
Over three decades, Rueter has led all aspects of site cleanup and remediation, radioactive waste treatment and project integration, including construction and risk management. He previously served as president of Savannah River Remediation LLC, project manager for the Savannah River Liquid Waste Project and chief operating officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract in Washington State, among other leadership positions.