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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.
Ishita is serving as the General Chair for the ANS 2021 Student Conference. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University, respectively. She is currently working on a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at NC State and aims to defend her thesis in December 2020. Her research is focused on “Uncertainty Quantification for Safety Analysis of Lead-cooled Fast Reactor Systems”. While at NC State, she received the Graduate Merit Award and the Provost Doctoral Fellowship. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring museums, running, and learning to cook.
Edward is serving as the Technical Program Chair for the ANS 2021 Student Conference. Graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2019, he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. He is currently engaged in research in autonomous nuclear control systems and is working as a collaborator on the Nearly Autonomous Management And Control (NAMAC) project under NCSU and ARPA-e. Research aside, Edward enjoys traveling, painting, and modern art.
Jacob serves as the Finance Co-Chair for the ANS 2021 National Conference. He is a senior participating in the Accelerated Bachelors to Master’s Program (ABM). His research interests include radiological air monitoring and nuclear non-proliferation safeguarding techniques. Outside of academics, Jacob is a cadet in Air Force ROTC and enjoys working out, climbing, and playing hockey.
Anna is serving as the Logistics Program Co-Chair for the ANS 2021 National Conference. She also serves as the President of the Women in Nuclear chapter at NC State. Anna is a junior in the Nuclear Engineering Program. In 2019, Anna received her Reactor Operator’s license for the PULSTAR, NC State’s 1MW research reactor. Currently, she is actively involved in reactor operations and the training of new student operators. Outside of school, Anna enjoys latin dance, hiking, and theatre.
NC State ANS Student Chapter Co-Adviser
Lisa is serving as the NC State ANS Student Chapter co-adviser. She is the Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement and adviser for NC State’s Nuclear Engineering as well as a lecturer (energy geographies & introduction to engineering & problem solving).. A member of ANS National since 2005, Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors. She is a former chair of the Education, Training & Workshop Development Division (ETWDD) and current technical program committee member for the ANS Conference on Nuclear Training & Education (CONTE). A graduate of Carleton University, NC State University & the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her research interests include energy studies, engineering education & geographic information science (GIS).
Dr. Hayes is an associate professor of nuclear engineering at NC State teaching courses in nuclear waste management, health physics and the fundamentals of radiation and reactors. His research is in retrospective dosimetry and radiological air monitoring. He is also a certified health physicist, a licenced professional engineer, a fellow of the American Physical Society and holds a joint faculty appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to coming to NC State, he worked in radiological emergency response and transuranic waste disposal.
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We thank these individuals for their contributions to planning the 2020 ANS conference, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2020 Finance Chair
2020 Programs Chair
2019-2020 ANS Student Chapter President
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