Part of being the president of the American Nuclear Society is having the honor of awarding Presidential Citations to individuals who, in the opinion of the president, have demonstrated outstanding effort in some manner for the benefit of ANS and/or the nuclear community. ANS President Steven Arndt has named the recipients of this year’s awards, which will be presented at the upcoming Winter Meeting.
During the “President’s Special Session: Ensuring nuclear’s international role in the energy mix of today and tomorrow” on Tuesday, November 15, Arndt will present Presidential Citations to four recipients. The session will also include a panel discussion about the need to work together across international borders to improve regulatory responsiveness, supply chain challenges, and construction quality and timeliness.
Andrew R. Griffith, U.S. Department of Energy, for his significant contributions and dedication to the advancement of the U.S. commercial nuclear industry and the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, supporting the full range of nuclear energy waste management, facility operations, and technology research missions.
Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force, for his leadership in driving change through enlightened and effective advocacy to move our country in the direction of a high-energy, zero-emissions future at affordable cost using clean energy sources, including new and existing nuclear power plants.
Rafael M. Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the IAEA, for their courageous leadership in the worldwide effort to promote a strong and sustainable global nuclear safety and security framework, and for their proactive efforts to support Ukrainian civilian nuclear facilities and workers during military conflict.
Ukrainian nuclear workers, for their extraordinary devotion to the principles of safe and secure nuclear power plant operation in the face of the military attack on the Ukrainian nuclear power infrastructure. In particular, ANS and President Arndt acknowledge the dedication of the workers at the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia facilities for carrying out their duties during foreign military occupation.