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Devoted to all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle including waste management, worldwide. Division specific areas of interest and involvement include uranium conversion and enrichment; fuel fabrication, management (in-core and ex-core) and recycle; transportation; safeguards; high-level, low-level and mixed waste management and disposal; public policy and program management; decontamination and decommissioning environmental restoration; and excess weapons materials disposition.
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August 8–11, 2021
Marco Island, FL|JW Marriott Marco Island
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Exelon files to deactivate the Byron reactors
Exelon on June 16 filed with grid operator PJM Interconnection to deactivate the two Byron reactors in Illinois. The move came one day after the Illinois Senate adjourned without reaching an agreement on a comprehensive energy package that would have provided nearly $700 million to keep Byron’s reactors, as well as Exelon’s Dresden and Braidwood nuclear power plants, in operation. (In August of 2020, Exelon announced that it would close the economically challenged Byron and Dresden facilities in the fall of 2021 without some form of state aid to provide compensation for their clean power.) The state’s House of Representatives also adjourned earlier this week without taking up the bill.
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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