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A Message from the Chair

This year’s winter program, “Future Nuclear Technologies: Resilience and Flexibility” caused me to take a moment’s pause. First let me share some background on why… A recent assessment of the commercial nuclear workforce indicated that there would be 25,000 positions to be filled in the next 4 years. And this is just the jobs we survey primarily in commercial generation. It doesn’t account for DOE, NRC, OEMs, constructors, outage companies, educators and certainly other fields that require the same or similar credentials. Bottom line… the number is likely higher. Retirement of baby-boomers, long threatened to hurt the industry, hasn’t seemed to materialize but that is a situation that cannot be put off forever. It will come… So the result of my pause over this year’s program focus is simply this: How resilient and flexible is our workforce development system? How resilient and flexible is our workforce? And finally, how resilient and flexible are the education and training processes and pipelines that produce the worker we need to continue to operate and maintain our plants safely and efficiently? Our industry has responded to a great number of challenges both historically and in recent times. We have actively sought opportunity to sustain rigor and discipline in our training programs, to pursue excellence in preparing our plants and our people, to ensure that we are second to none when it comes to protecting public health and safety as well as the safety and health of our employees. I know we will continue to aggressively pursue these things. But, our world is changing around us more rapidly than we could have imagined. The...

ETWDD Committee on University/Industry/Government Relations

The ETWDD Committee on University/Industry/Government Relations met on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the Annual Meeting Chicago, IL. More than a dozen combined representatives from each sector met and discussed opportunities for working together to meet the challenges in education, training, and workforce development. Much of the dialogue centered on the need for and opportunities for internships and practical work experience for students before graduation (either at the undergraduate or graduate levels). Specific programs and fellowship opportunities were highlighted. The ANS Student Design Competition was also discussed and volunteers for judges were solicited. All interested professionals are invited to attend this committee meeting which meets the first day of each ANS meeting (Sunday) from 9:30-10:30...

Message from the Chair – The New Build Era

12,672 days. When the NRC issued the combined construction and operating license for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 on February 9, 2012, that’s how long it had been since the last construction license had been issued (May 31, 1977 – Wolf Creek). Was this the moment when everything changed? The clouds didn’t part, revealing choirs of angels singing in praise of nuclear power. There was no earth shattering kaboom. But still, it was a good day. It means we’ve moved forward, even if one tiny step, to secure a future that continues to be powered by safe, clean, nuclear energy. And only a few weeks later, the NRC followed up with the approval for two new units at VC Summer. A new generation of nuclear reactors will require a new generation of a trained nuclear workforce. People are needed at all levels, from technicians and trades to licensed engineers and Ph.D.s., and those of us working in nuclear education, training, and workforce development will be the backbone of the supply to an industry in growth. No one doubts that there are still plenty of challenges ahead. The pressures of a prolonged economic downturn don’t make it any easier to sell the idea of a huge capital investment. And the lingering political effects of the accident at Fukushima increase the need for us to demonstrate the margin of safety inherent in our reactor fleet. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as chair of the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division of this ANS this past year. No other group cuts across all disciplines of nuclear science...

ANS 2012 Annual Meeting

In the link below you will find the agenda for the agenda for the ANS 2012 Annual Meeting on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL. Executive Committee Members should review the agenda in preparation for the meeting.

Minutes from the ANS 2011 Annual Meeting

In the link you will find the draft minutes from the ANS 2011 Annual Meeting that was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Executive Committee members should review the draft of the minutes and be prepared to discuss them at our next meeting.

Minutes from the November 2011 Winter Meeting

In the link below you will find the draft minutes from the November 2011 meeting that was held in Washington DC. Executive committee members should review the draft of the minutes and be prepared to discuss this at the next meeting.

2012 ANS Student Design Competition

ETWDD announces the deadline for the 2012 ANS Student Design Competition. Please see the ANS website:  http://www.new.ans.org/honors/va-studesign for details.  Each school can submit one graduate and one undergraduate entry. The deadline to a file a letter of intent is June 29, 2012.  For an questions, please contact Dr.Travis W. Knight at twknight@sc.edu Thank you,...

A Message From the Chair

A Message From the Chair When we look at the potential for the development of new nuclear power generation in this country and around the world, there is little doubt that the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will loom large for years to come.  There are many factors that will impact the pace of new nuclear development, but however it progresses, the industry will have a need for a well-prepared workforce.  The workforce history, the areas of need, and the forces of demographics have not changed, and we know that continued hard work will be required in nuclear engineering education and nuclear technician training programs to keep the pipeline full. What we don’t know is how the Fukushima accident will affect our ability to attract high quality individuals into the nuclear field.  The accident is bound to cause an emotional response in people.  How will people’s emotions affect their career choices? It will be years, if ever, before the impact of the accident on the industry and on workforce development is truly understood.  The early evidence is anecdotal at best, but what news there is thus far appears to be good.  We have not seen students fleeing from university nuclear engineering programs.  On the contrary, students are energized and rededicated to the idea of making the next generation of nuclear power plants even better. The Fukushima aftermath will no doubt challenge those of us in the Education, Training, and Workforce Development fields for some time, but it is a challenge we are up to. The ETWDD has a full slate of sessions at the...

ANS 2011 Winter Meeting

The University, Industry, Government Relations (UIGR) committee of ETWFD met on October 30, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Representatives from all three entities attended the meeting, which included discussions on a variety of interesting topics. A few of the attendees suggested that the function of the UIGR committee should be expanded so that the discussion topics and committee activities could be shared with other members of ANS. Thus, the ETWFD Executive Committee decided to separate the UIGR committee into two committees; specifically, one of which would be to promote and expand collaboration among the three entities, and a second one to continue to administer the annual ANS Student Design Competition, which has been the primary responsibility of the UIGR committee for over three decades. The current Chair of the UIGR committee, Lee Dodds, enthusiastically agreed with this decision. More significantly, Professor Dodds plans to retire at the end of CY2011 and has been seeking his successor to administer the annual Student Design Contest. Fortunately, a very talented and qualified young professor has agreed to take over the administration of the contest; namely, Dr. Travis Knight of the University of South Carolina, who will assume this responsibility on Jan. 1, 2012. H. L....