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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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Helping to save the plant safety puzzle: An overview of PRA
Probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs) have advanced the safe operation of the U.S. reactor fleet over many decades. Risk insights from PRAs have provided information from many different perspectives, from what is most important to maintain at a facility to a better understanding of how to address new information regarding safety issues. The methods and tools that have supported the creation and enhancement of PRA models were established through multiple decades of research, starting with WASH-1400, The Reactor Safety Study,1 published in 1975, through the comprehensive plant-specific models in use today.
2020 ANS Virtual Winter Meeting Plenary Special Session Speaker
Exelon GenerationExecutive Vice President and Chief Generation Officer
Profile Hanson is responsible for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of Exelon Generation’s power generation fleet, which includes nearly 100 generating units in 19 states and Canada. Exelon Generation operates the largest clean energy fleet in America, producing electricity from 10 fuel types including nuclear, natural gas, hydro, wind and solar.
Professional HistoryHanson has more than 30 years of progressive experience in the nuclear power industry. Prior to his current role, Hanson was president and chief nuclear officer of Exelon Generation’s nuclear fleet. In that role, Hanson was responsible for ensuring that Exelon Generation maintained high levels of performance and safety across its nuclear fleet of 21 reactors at 12 facilities that it operates in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. During his tenure with Exelon, Hanson served as the nuclear chief operating officer, senior vice president of Midwest operations, site vice president for Exelon’s Braidwood Generating Station and the site vice president for Clinton Power Station. He also has been vice president of nuclear oversight, Limerick Generating Station plant manager, and director of operations and work control.
Education Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Hanson is a graduate of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Senior Nuclear Plant Management Program, the Exelon Leadership Institute at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Professional Affiliations Hanson is on the board of directors for Easterseals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, and he also serves on the University of Wisconsin Engineering Physics Advisory Board.
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