About Us

What is NAYGN?

North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization which provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop strong leadership and professional skills, create lifelong connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

NAYGN was established in 1999 and now consists of 100+ chapters across North America.

Mission

Developing leaders to energize the future of nuclear.

What NAYGN Does

Professional Development

Providing a forum for the professional development of our membership.

  • Annual Nuclear Energy Assembly
    Conference
  • Regional Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Diversity and Inclusion development
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Facility Tours & Seminars

Public Information

Informing and engaging the public about nuclear science and technology.

  • Post Card Push Day
  • Millennial Nuclear Caucus Events
  • Nuclear Hill days: Ottawa,
    Toronto; Washington, DC
  • School visits & teacher workshops
  • Children’s books

Networking and Membership

Fostering closer professional and personal relations among our members.

  • Teamwork events
  • Sporting events
  • General members meetings

Community Outreach

Participating in community initiatives and giving back in a positive way.

  • Charity fundraisers
  • Tree planting
  • Adopt-a-road programs
  • Habitat for Humanity build days

How can WE impact the nuclear industry?

NAYGN’s Vision is to develop leaders to energize the future of nuclear. We provide our members opportunities to focus their energy towards improving the nuclear industry and communicating with the public about the benefits of nuclear energy.

We don’t to this alone. NAYGN is a network spanning thousands of young nuclear professionals in North America, each doing their part to make our industry better. As a grassroots volunteer organization, NAYGN members decide and develop the content that NAYGN brings.

Want to get involved?

Non-Member

Basic Website Access

Access to News, Videos, and Events

Review Commitee Information

View Chapter Map

Member

Inclusive of Non-Member Access

Take Action to Contact Federal Legislators

View Member-Only Events

Review Chapter Lists and Metrics

Access Detailed Committee Information

Find a Member

Get Involved in our Committees

Subscription to Member Only Newsletters

and much much more!!!

Board of Directors

Fueled by volunteers, the organization has dozens of continental committees and over a hundred local chapters facilitated by a Board of Directors affectionately known as The Core.

Each position is a two-year volunteer position and elected by the NAYGN membership except for the presidential positions.  A Board Director is elected to the Vice-President position and then serves a three-year term going from Vice-President, President, and then Past-President each year.

Monica Beistline Block

President

Amanda Lang

Vice-President

Amber Von Ruden

Past-President

Jenny Gourley

Professional Development Officer

Naif Siddiqui

Public Information Officer

Farrah Khanpour

Communications Officer

Ashley Lawrence

US Operating Officer

Matthew Mairinger

Canadian Operating Officer

Daniel Deckman

Treasurer

Sarah Davis

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Christopher Chance

Technology Officer

10k+ Members within North America

“NAYGN has been instrumental in helping me grow professionally and personally.  It is great to be a part of an organization of people that want to make a positive impact on the nuclear industry and on each other!”

Paul Balik

Communications Officer, NAYGN (2019 - 2021)

“I love talking to people about nuclear energy and NAYGN gives me the opportunity to reach new audiences! Through opportunities stemming from NAYGN, I have practiced my public speaking, presented on Capitol Hill, and been interviewed on a podcast.”

Amanda Lang

Public Information Officer, NAYGN (2018 - 2021)

History

NAYGN was established in 1999 by seven young professionals. These young professionals wanted to create an organization that provided professional development, public information, knowledge transfer, recruiting and networking opportunities for the next generation of nuclear leaders.

Fueled by volunteers, the organization has grown to include dozens of continental committees and over a hundred local chapters facilitated by a board of directors affectionately known as The Core. This structure allows the organization to be flexible and serve a wide variety of members. The organization has conducted hundreds of thousands of hours of activities to educate the public and provided development opportunities at the local, regional, national and continental level.

Founders

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Founder

President (1999-2001)

Sama Bilbao y León

Sama Bilbao y León

Founder

Public Information Chair (1999-2005)

Nicole Faulk

Nicole Faulk

Founder

Treasurer (1999-2002)

Emmy Ross

Emmy Ross

Founder

Vice President (1999-2001)
Professional Development Chair (2001-2002)

Undine Shoop

Undine Shoop

Founder

Professional Development Chair (1999-2001)
President (2001-2002)
Past President (2002-2003)

Sonja Simmons

Sonja Simmons

Founder

Alumni Relations (1999-2002)

Mark McIntyre

Mark McIntyre

Canadian Affairs Chair (2000-2005)

Shannon Bragg-Sitton

Shannon Bragg-Sitton

Founder

Communication Chair (1999-2003)
Vice President (2003-2004)
President (2004-2005)
Past President (2005-2006)