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NAYGN provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop leadership and professional skills, create life-long connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century

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Our Objectives

To provide a forum for the professional development of our membership

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to our 2015 NAYGN Conference Best of Hill Day Photo Contest Winner!
Jaspreet Rehal of Exelon Corporation

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Our Objectives

To inform and engage the public about Nuclear Science and Technology

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to our 2015 NAYGN Conference Best of Washington DC Photo Contest Winner!
Guy Packard of American Electric Power

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Our Objectives

To contribute to the exchange of information among generations of nuclear professionals

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to our 2015 NAYGN Conference Best Networking Photo Contest Winner!
Lauren Neuburger of Luminant Power- Comanche Peak

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Our Objectives

To foster closer professional and personal relations among our members

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to our 2015 NAYGN Conference Best Overall Photo Contest Winner!
Kristin Lancaster of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

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Featured Posts

NAYGN Canada at NuHill Day in Toronto

Submitted by Devi Shantilal. The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) held the event Nuclear Hill day (NuHill day), on September 29th 2015. This was the first event held by the CNA to meet at Queens Park with Members of the Provincial Parliament. Matthew Mairinger and Mayank Singh participated in this event as representatives of NAYGN.  The NAYGN delegates participated in various meetings throughout the day to provide information to the politicians, discussed long-term energy planning and addressed questions and comments from the meeting delegates. Reflecting back on the event, the NAYGN delegates note that it was a great learning experience to provide information to the politicians alongside seasoned industry professionals. NAYGN is grateful to the CNA for providing this opportunity to its representatives. We look forward to continuing our participation in such events in the future....
Chattanooga State Engineering Students Tour Watts Bar

Chattanooga State Engineering Students Tour Watts Bar

Watts Bar provided students from Chattanooga State with a first hand glimpse into nuclear power on Friday, April 24. The students, majoring in various studies of engineering, are part of Chattanooga State’s Engineering program. They toured Watts Bar’s operating and under-construction units to gain an understanding of what a nuclear power plant looks and feels like. The tours were led by current Watts Bar employees and NAYGN members. The tours allowed students to see the plant’s generators and turbines, the control room simulator, and the Watts Bar 2 open reactor vessel. Being able to tour the site prior to Unit 2 fuel load allowed the students the rare opportunity to view parts of a plant that are contained and secured during normal operation. Ryan Schaumburg, operations specialist at WBN, said, “Giving these college students a first hand look at intricate systems of a commercial nuclear power plant puts them a step ahead of the competition in today’s challenging job...
Blackhawk Students Help Solve Real-World Problems at Nuclear Plant in Shippingport

Blackhawk Students Help Solve Real-World Problems at Nuclear Plant in Shippingport

May 29–SHIPPINGPORT — The latest answers about how to best educate high school students aren’t coming from a textbook, in the classroom or from a government-mandated rubric. Instead, they’re coming from places like FirstEnergy Corp.’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, where about 30 Blackhawk High School juniors and seniors presented the results of their research about nuclear power to the team of engineers who are part of the 1,000-person workforce at the nuclear power plant. “There is no perfect, right answer sometimes,” FirstEnergy’s Eric Larson told the kids. “It’s the method you use to get there that’s the real skill.” Larson’s the vice president of the Shippingport plant, and he and his team played host to the students, who were mentored by professionals who work at FirstEnergy this year as part of Blackhawk’s involvement in a Global Passport Project that brings businesses and schools together to tackle real-world problems. The program is the brainchild of Dewayne Rideout, who founded the project that’s been used in a handful of schools in the Pittsburgh region. Blackhawk is the first Beaver County school to participate, he said. “We’re preparing them to take the baton,” Rideout said. “And they’ve risen to the challenge.” The students in Robert Puskas’ environmental science classes spent part of their time this year studying nuclear energy in all its forms. They also researched problems supplied by FirstEnergy on nuclear waste disposal and having that disposal meet federal requirements. Students presented their findings Thursday to FirstEnergy, and they’ve compiled what they’ve learned onto a website, as well. “You are witnessing the re-engineering of the classroom,” said Maureen...
NAYGN-New York Tour Indian Point Energy Center During Outage

NAYGN-New York Tour Indian Point Energy Center During Outage

On March 4th 2015, the Manhattan-based chapter of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN-New York) went on a tour of Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan, NY. During this time, one of the two reactors was undergoing refueling. After hours of lessons on radiation and the various parts of the plant, the group got to observe first-hand the components inside one of the containment vessels along with other components such as the steam turbines and generators. The group gained a strong appreciation for the redundancy in security and safety measures the plant takes to protect its workers and the surrounding environment. Cesar Penafiel, a master’s degree candidate at the Columbia School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), who joined the tour said, “The tour gave us wide first-hand exposure to the tremendous amount of security and care that is taken. I would highly encourage anyone—pro or anti-nuclear—to go see the facility and witness this amazing source of power.” Besides NAYGN, other organizations represented on the tour included The Cooper Union, Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) and Exelon Corporation. NAYGN – New York will be organizing another tour of IPEC in the summer of 2015. IPEC currently supplies approximately 25% of the electricity in New York City and Westchester County in a way that is clean, reliable, and affordable. It is for these reasons that NAYGN-New York advocates for the continued safe operation of Indian Point Energy Center....

News and Announcements

Membership Announcements Volume 16, Issue 1

Congratulations to the 17th Annual Drawing Contest winner: Yuvie Singh and thank you to everyone who voted! Nineteen chapters participated this year reaching out to over 3,000 students teaching them about how atoms can be used to make electricity and about the enormous energy density of nuclear power.   Breaking News… Please congratulate the following 3rd Quarter 2015 Excellence Award winners! 4th Quarter Excellence Awards are now open! Nominate someone in your chapter or committee for their exceptional performance, effective leadership, committed service, and enthusiasm. Nominations close January 29th. 2015 Annual Awards are also now open! Nominate an individual for a Future or Founders Award or a chapter for Best Chapter in Region or Knowledge Transfer and Retention. SAVE THE DATE for the “Meet the Candidates” webinar on March 1st at 1400 EST that will allow you to get familiar with the candidates that are running for a position on the NAYGN Board of Directors/Core.  More info to follow.  If you have questions that you’d like the candidates to address on the webinar, please send them to pd@naygn.org. Get Involved… Call for 2016 NAYGN Officer nominations!! 2016 elections will be held for Vice President, Professional Development Chair, Treasurer, and Canadian Affairs Chair.  A special one year election for US Affairs Chair will also be conducted.  To make a nomination, contact past-president@naygn.org by February...

Please join us in congratulating the following 2015 3rd Quarter NAYGN Excellence Award Winners

Rhe Adams (VC Summer) Coordination and participation in the Nuclear High School Blitz, an outreach event that communicated the benefits of nuclear to over 3000 local area high school students Kimberly Anderson (VC Summer) Coordination and participation in the Nuclear High School Blitz, an outreach event that communicated the benefits of nuclear to over 3000 local area high school students Monica Beistline (Exelon – Limerick) Involvement as core planning team member in planning and executing the Atlantic-Northeast Regional Event Karen Bobkowski (Vogtle 3&4 – SNC) Service as volunteer coordinator for the local NAYGN’s Ronald McDonald Charity House golf tournament Isabelle Brogna (MPR Associates) Involvement as core planning team member in planning and executing the Atlantic-Northeast Regional Event Tim Cahill (Bechtel-Reston) Efforts as a key contributor to the successful update of the NAYGN membership database Ashley Cates (Cameco Chapter) Exceptional performance, committed service, and strategic leadership in fundraising activities to benefit families displaced during the summer fires in Saskatchewan Arthur Clites (Vogtle 3&4 – CB&I) Spearheaded major participation, recruitment, and communication efforts for the local NAYGN’s Ronald McDonald Charity House golf tournament Matt Grimaldi (Vogtle 3&4 – WEC) Served to plan and coordinate portions of the local NAYGN’s Ronald McDonald Charity House golf tournament Brandon Hallee (MPR Associates) Involvement as core planning team member in planning and executing the Atlantic-Northeast Regional Event Allan James, Jr (Palo Verde Young Generation in Nuclear) Involvement in a tour of the facility to NEXTGEN members from Arizona Public Service and contributions to communication of the attributes of nuclear power Billy Kronenwetter (NAYGN-Duke Energy) Involved in presentation to major management committee on NAYGN goals at...

Membership Announcement Volume 12, Issue 35

Breaking News… Congratulations to the five 17th Annual Drawing Contest finalists: Miranda Overstreet, Yuvie Singh, Celia Cleary, Mackenzie Dunn, and Abigail Roy. VOTE NOW for your favorite Nuclear Energy Packs a Punch drawing!   The deadline to vote for the winner is December 22nd, 2015 and this year’s winner will receive many prizes including being featured at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Nineteen chapters participated this year reaching out to over 3,000 students teaching them about how atoms can be used to make electricity and about the enormous energy density of nuclear power. Please congratulate the following 2nd Quarter 2015 Excellence Award winners! The Hub (Winner of 2014 Innovation Competition): The Hub Steering Committee has completed test cases and is ready to begin a pilot program in early 2016. Yesterday, Sandra Steward (Energy Northwest) and Steve Odell (Westinghouse) proposed the pilot program to the Nuclear Strategic Advisory Council (NSAIC) which was very well received.  Kudos to Sandra and Steve!  Please stay tuned with future communications about the Hub.  NAYGN chapters will be needed to lead the pilot. Our website has been overhauled, have you checked it out yet! If not, be sure to log in and update your profile now! 2016 Call for Sponsorship- 2016 sponsorship letters were sent to the local chapter. If you did not receive your 2016 sponsorship letter or have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Carissa Butler or Kristin McCoskey. Get Involved… Do you enjoy engaging the public on nuclear energy?  Are you social media savvy?  Do you post, comment, and share often on Facebook?  Do you like to use #hashtags?  If...

NAYGN Career Survey

Act NOW!  We want to thank those that have already filled out the NAYGN Career Survey.  If you haven’t had the chance yet, we want to hear from YOU! The NAYGN benchmarking survey deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED, and your participation is vital to our success.  The survey will take about 10 minutes, is anonymous, and will serve as the voice of NAYGN for the 2016 NAYGN Career Report.  Also make sure you fill out the 20 second participation survey for your chapter to get some awesome NAYGN prizes!  Survey deadline has been extended to December 4th.  For questions,...

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