K. L. Groves, MS, FHPS
S2 - Sevorg Services, LLC
Ken Groves is the President, S2 – Sevorg Services, LLC, a Veteran-Owned Small Business specializing in training First Responders for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies, including terrorist-related incidents. Ken served as the Subject Matter Expert for the RAPTER training class for DOE Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) members at DOE/NNSA’s Emergency Operations Training Academy in Albuquerque, NM. Ken previously held the position of Training and Outreach Coordinator for DOE RAP Region 4 (NM, TX, OK, KS and AZ) and was responsible for training First Responders (fire, law enforcement, EMTs, USCG, USC&BP, FBI and others) in those five states for a number of years.
Ken spent 26 ½ years in the Navy as both an enlisted Hospital Corpsman and Radiation Health Officer retiring in 1986 as a Commander. While in the Navy, Ken held a number of emergency response-related positions, including the senior member and director of the Navy’s Radiological Emergency Response Team from 1980-1986. Ken worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the Radiological Assistance Team Program Manager, Off-Site DOE Health and Safety Coordinator for the Accident Response Group (ARG) and the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST), and as Director, Emergency Management and Response (managed the EOC, HAZMAT Team and Bomb Squad). Ken completed his career with the University of California, Office of the President as the Deputy Director, ES&H where he was responsible for oversight of the ES&H and Emergency Response Programs at all three DOE-managed National Laboratories (LANL, LLNL, and LBNL).
Ken is a Fellow in the Health Physics Society (HPS), past chairman of the HPS Nominating Committee and member of the Homeland Security Committee where he chaired the Nuclear Terrorism Preparedness Work Group. Ken is a Charter Member and former Board Member of the HPS Military Health Physics Section. Ken received the “John C. Taschner Leadership Award”, the Military Health Physics Section presents this award annually to someone who has distinguished himself or herself in service to our Country over a long career as a uniformed military health physicist at the 2017 Health Physics Society meeting.
Ken was the NCRP Technical Staff Consultant to Scientific Committee 2-2 who completed NCRP Report No. 165, “Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorist Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers”. Ken supported NCRP as the Subcommittee Chair who worked on a set of Table Top Exercises to demonstrate the concepts presented in NCRP Report No. 165; this NCRP effort was funded by CDC.
Ken received his BA in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico in 1969 and attended Texas A&M University on a US Public Health Fellowship where he earned his MS in Biophysics and Health Physics in 1970. Ken is a Distinguished Graduate of the Navy’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Defense School and a Certified Accident Investigator for both DoD and DOE.