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The division was organized to promote the advancement of knowledge of the use of particle accelerator technologies for nuclear and other applications. It focuses on production of neutrons and other particles, utilization of these particles for scientific or industrial purposes, such as the production or destruction of radionuclides significant to energy, medicine, defense or other endeavors, as well as imaging and diagnostics.
Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo (UWC 2022)
August 7–10, 2022
Marco Island, FL|JW Marriott Marco Island
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
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Carbon value: Lifetime extensions of nuclear reactors could save billions in climate mitigation costs
On the road to achieving net-zero by midcentury, low- or no-carbon energy sources that slash carbon dioxide emissions are critical weapons. Nevertheless, the role of nuclear energy—the single largest source of carbon-free electricity—remains uncertain.
Nuclear energy, which provides 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, has been a constant, reliable, carbon-free source for nearly 50 years. But our fleet of nuclear reactors is aging, with more than half of the 92 operating reactors across 29 states at or over 40 years old—the length of the original operating licenses issued to the power plants. While some reactors have been retired prematurely, there are two options for those that remain: retire them or renew their license.
Nuclear careers are some of the highest-paid and most-rewarding careers that an individual can pursue. The American Nuclear Society is committed to serving both ANS members and employers in obtaining the best candidates for the right jobs and supporting the larger nuclear industry.
The ANS Career Finder is an online forum linking utilities, vendors, government agencies, and academic institutions with our qualified talent pool of nuclear science and technology professionals.
ANS encourages professional licensure of nuclear engineers. The ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee (PEEC) offers several resources to help examinees prepare for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Examination in the nuclear discipline. These resources include the Nuclear PE Exam Preparation Module Program, the Nuclear PE Exam Study Guide, and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Nuclear PE Sample Exam.
Duriem Calderin, PE, CHPThe professional examination in nuclear engineering sets the requirements and standards to understanding the roles of the engineering profession in society. Applying engineering principles to solve problems, but above all, to protect the workers, the public, and the environment. That’s a challenge! Obtaining the PE license is the goal for each engineer across the industry. Nuclear is no exception. Go forth and conquer; good luck!"
Elizabeth Mattson, PE"I obtained my PE license as it was a simple way to professionally differentiate myself. It helped that my company emphasizes the importance of obtaining a PE license and provides ample resources to do so as well. Finally, having my license also encourages me to continuously develop myself through PDH requirements."
Rebecca Steinman, PhD, PE"I initially took the PE exam to prove that I could pass what was considered a difficult exam. Today, I take pride in having "PE" after my name, especially because as a nuclear engineer, I do not have to be licensed for many aspects of my job, but I choose to remain licensed as a sign of my commitment to the protection of the health and safety of the public."
Joshua Vajda, DEng, PE, CHP"Licensure is the mark of a professional. It's a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill, and quality. Employers are impressed with engineers who have their PE license. Licensure not only enhances your stature, it shows commitment to the profession and demonstrates heightened leadership and management skills."
Learn about a variety of nuclear science and technology topics with Tech Talks, a video library curated exclusively for ANS members.
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