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The Young Members Group works to encourage and enable all young professional members to be actively involved in the efforts and endeavors of the Society at all levels (Professional Divisions, ANS Governance, Local Sections, etc.) as they transition from the role of a student to the role of a professional. It sponsors non-technical workshops and meetings that provide professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals, collaborates with other Divisions and Groups in developing technical and non-technical content for topical and national meetings, encourages its members to participate in the activities of the Groups and Divisions that are closely related to their professional interests as well as in their local sections, introduces young members to the rules and governance structure of the Society, and nominates young professionals for awards and leadership opportunities available to members.
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Marco Island, FL|JW Marriott Marco Island
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Metz on Harold Denton: Memories of a life in nuclear safety
A number of years ago, historian and writer Chuck Metz Jr. was at the Bush’s Visitor Center in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains when he ran into former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official Harold Denton and his wife. Metz was at the visitor center, which opened in 2010 and is now a tourist hotspot, because, as he explained to the Dentons at the time, he had overseen the development of its on-site museum and had written a companion coffee-table history book.
The chance meeting turned into a friendship and a fruitful collaboration. Denton, who in 1979 was the public spokesperson for the NRC as the Three Mile Island-2 accident unfolded, had been working on his memoir, but he was stuck. He asked Metz for help with the organization and compilation of his notes. “I was about to retire,” Metz said, “but I thought that exploring the nuclear world might be an interesting change of pace.”
Denton passed away in 2017, but by then Metz had spent many hours with his fast friend and was able to complete the memoir, Three Mile Island and Beyond: Memories of a Life in Nuclear Safety, which was published recently by ANS. Metz shared some of his thoughts about Denton and the book with Nuclear News. The interview was conducted by NN’s David Strutz.
Heather Feldman is the Director of Innovation in the Nuclear Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She is passionate about being a part of shaping a clean energy future. Heather leads a team that conducts applied R&D to overcome barriers for modernizing and maximizing the utilization of the existing nuclear fleet and for deploying advanced reactors. She is leading EPRI’s initiative on Artifical Intelligence.
Prior to her current role, Feldman was the Director of Plant Support and led an expert team who develop new or enhanced technologies and processes for inspection and repair, aging management and flexible operations of nuclear power plants. She previously led and managed the Engineering Programs area and worked in the Steam Generator Management Program and the Office of Innovation.
Before joining EPRI, Feldman worked for United Space Alliance, where she coordinated systems engineering and integration work in the thermal area of the Space Shuttle Program. Her work contributed to the successful Return-to-Flight mission after the Columbia accident.
Feldman holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and a Doctorate in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
Tanya Hamilton serves as senior vice president, nuclear corporate for Duke Energy. In this role, she is responsible for accelerating the company’s efforts to transform operations and position the nuclear fleet to serve customers well into the future. She has responsibility for nuclear corporate operations, engineering, regulatory affairs and innovation.
Hamilton has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry. Before assuming her current position in December 2019, she served as site vice president of the Harris Nuclear Plant near New Hill, N.C. In that role, she was responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the single-unit, pressurized water-reactor nuclear generating facility. She directed station and facilities management, operations, maintenance, chemistry, radiation protection, engineering, nuclear and industrial safety, and business operations. She also served as plant manager of Harris.
Hamilton joined Duke Power in 1992 and held various engineering positions prior to being appointed as training manager at McGuire Nuclear Station in 2004. Additional leadership positions include safety assurance manager, work control superintendent and engineering manager at Catawba Nuclear Station and corporate engineering functional area manager for nuclear generation.
Hamilton serves on the nuclear engineering accreditation oversight board for North Carolina State University and provides strategic consulting to the board of directors for Community Health Service in Union County, N.C.
Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 7.7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 150 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
Bill Russell is the chief scientific adviser on a wide range of scientific and technical issues for BWXT NOG. He previously served as BWXT's chief technology officer. Mr. Russell worked in multiple areas of the Company, including research and development for medical isotopes, advanced reactor design and small modular reactor fuel development. He came to BWXT from GE-Hitachi Nuclear, where he led new product introduction and design certification of the ESBWR (Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor). He holds more than 100 U.S. patents in the fields of nuclear engineering and mathematics. Mr. Russell graduated with magna cum laude honors from North Carolina State University, holding a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
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