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The objectives of MSTD are: promote the advancement of materials science in Nuclear Science Technology; support the multidisciplines which constitute it; encourage research by providing a forum for the presentation, exchange, and documentation of relevant information; promote the interaction and communication among its members; and recognize and reward its members for significant contributions to the field of materials science in nuclear technology.
2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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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Matthew Denman: On Probabilistic Risk Assessment
Probabilistic risk assessment is a systematic methodology for evaluating risks associated with a complex engineered technology such as nuclear energy. PRA risk is defined in terms of possible detrimental outcomes of an activity or action, and as such, risk is characterized by three quantities: what can go wrong, the likelihood of the problem, and the resulting consequences of the problem.
Matthew Denman is principal engineer for reliability engineering at Kairos Power and the chair of the American Nuclear Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management’s Subcommittee of Standards Development. As a college student at the University of Florida, Denman took a course on PRA but didn’t enjoy it, because he did not see its connection to the nuclear power industry. Later, during his Ph.D. study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his advisor was Neil Todreas, a well-known thermal hydraulics expert. Todreas was working on a project with George Apostolakis, who would leave MIT to become a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project, “Risk Informing the Design of the Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor,” was a multi-university effort funded through a Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) grant. Todreas and Apostolakis were joined in this project by a who’s who of nuclear academia, including Andy Kadak (MIT, ANS past president [1999–2000]), Mike Driscoll (MIT), Mike Golay (MIT), Mike Lineberry (Idaho State University, former ANS treasurer), Rich Denning (Ohio State University), and Tunc Aldemir (Ohio State University).
The Diversity and Inclusion in ANS program was developed to promote and support the participation of underrepresented or marginalized groups within the Society. Such groups include, but are not limited to: women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.
The goals of the program are to:
To help achieve these goals, under the guidance of the Diversity and Inclusion in ANS Committee, the Society hosts networking events, organizes diversity-related sessions at meetings, provides travel scholarships for meetings, bestows awards, and offers leadership opportunities.
Gender champions in nuclear policy
ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy has joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), making a commitment, along with over 50 other leaders in the GCNP network, to break down gender barriers in the field of nuclear policy. GCNP is uniting leaders of nuclear policy organizations who have committed to work toward gender equality within their spheres of influence. Learn more.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Educational Resources
Check out our curated list of educational resources on various Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) topics to learn more about the many facets of DEI.
Honors and Awards
Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement AwardRecognizes the outstanding personal dedication and technical achievement by a woman for work she has performed in the fields of nuclear science, engineering, research, or education. Nominations are due August 1. Learn more.
E. Gail de Planque MedalRecognizes exemplary accomplishments by a woman in the fields of nuclear science and engineering. This award is intended to recognize outstanding lifetime or singular achievements by women that have resulted in tangible benefits to the field of nuclear science and engineering. Nominations are due August 1. Learn more.
NEED Grants for Academic Programs (NGAP)Grants up to $1,200 are awarded to educational institutions with nuclear programs funds for recruitment activities targeted toward women and other underrepresented groups. The recruitment activities must be toward enrollment in a nuclear-related area of interest (disciplines or topics) that is/are of special interest to at least one of the ANS Professional Divisions. Applications are due October 15. Learn more.
George A. Ferguson Motivational GrantsGrants up to $5,000 are awarded to kindergarten through high school educators who wish to expand their STEM curriculum by introducing nuclear science to their students. The grants are open to all K-12 educators, however, priority is given to educators that serve culturally and economically disadvantaged students in the United States or programs that are co-sponsored by ANS local and/or student sections. Applications are due May 1/ October 1. Learn More.
DIA Travel/Registration GrantsANS is committed to encouraging underrepresented persons to enter and flourish in the field of nuclear science and technology. In fulfilling this commitment, the Diversity and Inclusion in ANS grant provides supplemental funding, including complimentary registration and reimbursement for travel, hotel, and meal expenses in attending the ANS Annual Meeting in June or the ANS Winter Meeting in November. Learn More.
Diversity Position StatementDownload the Diversity and Inclusion in the Nuclear Profession ANS position statement.
Statement on DiversityRead the ANS Statement on Diversity.
Email Daryl Rizzo, ANS Director of Development, to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
ANS Statement on Diversity
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is committed, in principle and in practice, to creating a diverse and welcoming environment for everyone interested in nuclear science and technology. Diversity means creating an environment – both in ANS and in the profession – in which all members are valued equitably for their skills and abilities and respected equally for their unique perspectives and experiences. Diverse backgrounds foster unique contributions and capabilities, and so the creation of an inclusive Society ultimately leads to a more creative, effective, and technically respected Society.
ANS believes that everyone deserves opportunities for learning, networking, leadership, training, recognition, volunteering in Society activities, and all the other benefits that involvement in the Society brings, regardless of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, military service status, national origin, parental status, physical appearance, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The selection of a member to serve in ANS's volunteer leadership structure shall be based solely on the member's ability, interest, and commitment to serve. In particular, ANS encourages members at each level of the Society and in each Professional Division and Technical Group to make special efforts to recruit underrepresented minorities and women to ensure that they are adequately represented in the Society.
DIA Committee Roster
Lane Carasik, ChairLisa Marshall, Vice ChairShirly Rodriguez, Vice Chair
Members (terms expire)
Amanda M. Bachmann (2023)Ernesto Barraza (2023)Lane Carasik (2024)Jamie Baalis Coble (2022)Price Collins (2023)Emory Colvin (2022)Marilyn Delgado (2022)Julie G. Ezold (2023)Larkin E. Ison, Jr. (2022)Matthew Jasica (2023)Seth Kilby (2022)Ian Thomas Kolaja (2023)Lisa Marshall (2024)Arielle J. Miller (2023)Leah Spradley Parks (2023)Raul Rebak (2024)Bobbi Reidel (2024)Shirly Rodriguez (2024)Laura Scheele (2024)Charlyne Smith (2024)Elizabeth S Sooby (2023)Gemma (Ira) Strong (2023)Sola Talabi (2023)Matthew D. Wargon (2023)Leigh Winfrey (2024)Fan Zhang (2023)
Daniel Carleton, ETWDD Chair
Staff LiaisonDaryl Rizzo
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