Energy Insights

Diversity in Nuclear Science

One aspect of NAYGN that most inspires me is our membership diversity. At every NAYGN event I inevitably meet and learn from a ton of technical peers. But I also meet human resources representatives, communications specialists and political wonks – all with a joint interest in pushing nuclear science and technology forward. And the same goes for diversity in nuclear science. Our members are not only vested in th...

08 Mar 3:06 PM 2 Read More...

Announcing the 2012 NAYGN Drawing Contest Winner!

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Congratulations to the 2012 NAYGN Drawing Contest winner - Kailey from Jefferson Elementary in Monroe, Michigan! [caption id="attachment_3860" align="alignleft" width="600"] 2012 NAYGN Drawing Contest Winner - Kailey - Submitted by the Fermi Nuclear Station NAYGN Chapter[/caption] Kailey did a great job and won by an overwhelming majority of the approximately 4800 votes received...

04 Dec 5:23 PM 1 Read More...

The Nuclear Industry through the Eyes of an Intern

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] [caption id="attachment_3886" align="alignleft" width="150"] Adam Lineberry, NAYGN Member[/caption] For the past few months, I have been working as a summer intern for Bechtel Power on the Generation mPower project. During the school year, I spend my time as a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in civil/structural engineering at Georgia Tech.  As the summer and my inte...

05 Nov 4:18 PM 1 Read More...

Vote for the 14th Annual NAYGN Drawing Contest Winner!

[Approx. Read Time: 1 min] Voting for the 14th Annual NAYGN Drawing contest is now available below! We had an incredible number of entries with participation from 19 NAYGN chapters across North America with 38 contests and 1495 drawing submissions! This years' theme of "Roddy Nuclear Builds Tomorrow” – placed an emphasis on the importance of new plant construction for the future of nuclear and growing energ...

31 Oct 3:45 PM 16 Read More...

The 14th Annual NAYGN Drawing Contest is Here!

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] [caption id="attachment_3317" align="aligncenter" width="726"] 13th Annual Contest Winning Submission - Giovanni[/caption] The 14th Annual NAYGN Drawing Contest is here!  NAYGN is hoping to build on the continuing success of the contest after last year's 13th Annual Contest. This years’ theme is “Roddy Nuclear Builds Tomorrow” – with an emphasis on the importance of new...

14 Sep 4:23 PM 1 Read More...

Teacher Workshop at IYNC/NAYGN Public Information Day 2012

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] By Suzanne Baker, Guest Author and Director of PopAtomic Studios I recently had the privilege of participating in the Nuclear Technology Workshop for Teachers in Charlotte, NC.  The all-day event, organized by Kristine Madden (NextEra Energy) and Dr. Stephen Harris (Savannah River National Laboratory - SRNL), was a part of the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC)/ North Am...

13 Sep 9:45 AM 1 Read More...

How to Hold Your Own NAYGN Letter Writing Campaign

[Approx. Read Time: 4 mins] Have you been thinking about ways for your North American Young Generation in Nuclear Chapter to reach out to energy policymakers and make a difference in the energy debate?  It's a fact that nuclear power must be considered as an integral part of the United States' energy policy if we want clean, cheap, and reliable energy in the future.  You could spend thousands of dollars to send me...

21 Aug 10:20 AM 1 Read More...

One to One-Hundred: The Growth of NAYGN Local Chapters

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Much as a sports franchise has a core group of players that are the heart and soul of the team local Chapters form the nucleus of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN). Since the organization's inception, local chapters have conducted nearly 340,000 hours of activities in support of their members. "It is great to see what an impact the local chapters have made...

05 Jun 4:00 PM 1 Read More...

The Young Generation Has Spoken: 2012 NA-YGN Career Report Issued

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] In early 2012, the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) polled young professionals in the nuclear industry from all over the United States and Canada. The focus of this year’s survey was on issues that affect the careers of young professionals. Job satisfaction and factors that affect satisfaction and career growth are hot topics for young professionals in the nuclea...

17 May 10:42 PM 2 Read More...

2011 NA-YGN Drawing Contest Winners Announced; UPDATE: Pictures included

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] The North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) teamed up with Clean Energy Insight for the 2011 NA-YGN Drawing Contest.  In light of the events at Fukushima Nuclear Plant, the contest focused on nuclear power on an international scale with the theme,  "Roddy Nuclear Powers the World."  Roddy is a nuclear fuel pellet, and an NA-YGN mascot, and he is predominantly featured i...

16 May 8:00 AM 2 Read More...

An Inside View: US Federal Government Approves Yet Another Nuclear Energy Plant for Construction

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Reference: http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/03/nrc-approve-col-for-vc-summer.html Julie Ezell, NA-YGN Member Six years out of college and I never dreamed I would be here - working on a project to license and construct two new nuclear units. Working at SCE&G has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the project.  I was part of the team t...

30 Mar 3:10 PM 9 Read More...

Young Professionals in Nuclear Power Look Forward

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] One year ago today, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.  The tragic event resulted in 15,850 deaths, over 6000 injuries, more than 3000 missing and countless billions in property damage.  While this disaster weighed heavily upon the heart of so many, it particularly resonates with those of us in the nuclear industry.  As we know, the tsunami challenged many of Japan's...

12 Mar 9:22 AM 0 Read More...

NA-YGN Chapters Participate in National Nuclear Science Week

[Approx. Read Time: < 2 minutes] Recently, North American Young Generation in Nuclear Chapters from all over the continent shared their passion for their field of work with their local communities during National Nuclear Science Week (Jan 23rd - 27th, 2012).  Shown below are some examples of how two NA-YGN Chapters got the word out and celebrated National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW) by educating their local co...

27 Feb 11:33 AM 1 Read More...

Two NA-YGN Members Lead the Charge

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] Two North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) members recently offered their thoughts and advice in a guest article on the ANS Nuclear Cafe Blog, encouraging young members of the nuclear energy industry to take complete personal responsibility of  their professional development. Learning to take charge of my professional and personal development has been the biggest le...

23 Jan 11:59 PM 1 Read More...

Michigan American Nuclear Society holds Essay Contest

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] How often do you think about where the electricity you use to power your lights, computer and television comes from? Chances are not often, if ever. This past October, the Michigan American Nuclear Society hosted an essay contest as part of Careers in Energy Week asking high school students to do just that. The "Get into Nuclear Energy" essay contest targeted raising awareness of ...

29 Dec 12:35 PM 3 Read More...

VOTE! - 2011 NA-YGN Drawing Contest

[Approx. Read Time: <1 minute] North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) recently held their 13th Annual "Roddy Nuclear" Drawing contest all over North America.  Roddy Nuclear is a nuclear fuel pellet cartoon character who can fit into the palm of a child's hand.  In fact, Roddy provides as much energy as almost two-thousand pounds of coal and 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas! NA-YGN members used Rod...

19 Dec 8:01 AM 1 Read More...

NA-YGN represents at Public Meeting for North Anna Restart

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] On November 1, 2011, several North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) members attended the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) public meeting for the potential restart of Dominion Power's North Anna Power Station (NAPS). The purpose of the meeting was for the NRC and Dominion to provide members of the public with the status of inspections and current information for NAPS...

16 Dec 9:08 AM 2 Read More...

American Nuclear Society Visits Capitol Hill

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] On Thursday, November 3rd, approximately 90 American Nuclear Society members ended their annual winter meeting with a Capitol Hill visit. Constituents from over 20 states visited with their elected officials and their staffers to promote nuclear energy. Pictured from L to R: Jennifer Varnedoe (Progress Energy), Eric Helin (GE Hitachi), Myron Koblansky (Westinghouse), Adam Nygaard...

16 Nov 10:34 AM 3 Read More...

It’s Not a Job. It’s an Adventure.

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] Last week, Elizabeth McAndrew-Benavides, NA-YGN Past President, participated in the U.S. Navy’s Educational Orientation Visit (EOV) program. This unique opportunity showed participants what it is like to have a career in the U.S. Navy and expanded their understanding of the Navy’s extensive training program. “I was very excited to participate. Navy Nukes are a traditional wor...

02 Nov 4:00 AM 0 Read More...

NA-YGN Congratulates North American Nuclear Executive Susan Reilly Landahl

[Approximate Read Time - 1 minute] The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) announced their annual Nuclear Excellence Awards today at the conclusion of their eleventh Biennial General Meeting held in Shenzhen, China. Susan Reilly Landahl, Chief Operation Officer of Exelon Nuclear and member of NA-YGN’s Executive Advisory Committee was one of the eight recipients this year. The Nuclear Excellence awar...

31 Oct 10:19 AM 0 Read More...

Mothers in Nuclear Share Their Stories

[Approximate Read Time: 10 minutes] There are many intelligent, caring and dedicated mothers in the nuclear industry. In order to share their experience about the nuclear world, NA-YGN has managed to capture the perspectives of four of these women. Their stories are humorous and insightful, and provide proof that you can be a nuclear professional while having a home life at the same time. Hope you enjoy the storie...

18 Oct 3:59 PM 29 Read More...

Clean, Sustainable, Renewable, & Green.

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] Clean. Sustainable. Renewable. Green. These are the words that Dr. Patrick Moore used to describe the ideal energy source during a recent talk at an evening event at the brand new UNC-Charlotte Center City building in uptown Charlotte, NC.  He was quick to point out that no single source meets all of these adjectives.  This was one of the many topics Dr. Moore covered during his ho...

18 Oct 10:16 AM 2 Read More...

Oyster Creek Response

[Approx. Read Time: 2 min] This letter is in response to: http://berkeley-nj.patch.com/articles/petitioners-to-nrc-shut-down-all-fukushima-like-nuclear-plants I am a Chemical Engineer that works at a Mark I plant.  I choose to live within ten miles of the plant knowing that the operations of the facility are safe and reliable.  I love the community at which I live and I am very confident telling my neighbors ...

12 Oct 10:17 AM 2 Read More...

NA-YGN Chapter Gives Back to Schools

[Approx. Read Time: 1 minute] [caption id="attachment_3063" align="alignleft" width="625" caption="Left to right: Imani Lockhart, Principal Paul Kennamer, Zachary Patterson, Carla Dulaney, Matthew Bush, Harward Durham, John Stubblefield, Melinda Rogers, and Lionel Locke."][/caption] The Bellefonte Chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) held its first annual School Supply Drive during th...

07 Sep 2:28 PM 1 Read More...

Va. Governor McDonnell touts benefits of uranium mining

[Approx. Read Time: 3 minutes] On Tuesday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell touted the benefits of allowing uranium mining in the state, saying that the industry would bring “a tremendous number of jobs, tax revenues and opportunities to support the nuclear industry.” The Governor went on to say that “if it can be done safely, then I’m all for it.” The Governor is waiting for an independent Nation...

18 Jul 10:16 AM 3 Read More...

NA-YGN Gets Social

[Approx. Read Time: <1 min] With North American Young Generation in Nuclear's continued effort to serve as a voice of the nuclear industry and make a difference in the clean energy debate, we have taken to social media outlets to get the word out.  Led by members Jack Gamble and Patrick Mason, NA-YGN will keep in touch with its members and the public through social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedI...

06 Jul 11:07 AM 1 Read More...

Industry Will Improve From Fukushima Lessons

[Approx. Read Time: 2 minutes] While no one knows how the on-going Fukushima nuclear accident will affect the nuclear industry, one thing is certain: nuclear power generation will become even safer. One of the greatest strengths of the nuclear industry is its safety culture. According to the international nuclear safety advisory group, "Safety Culture is that assembly of characteristics and attitudes in organizati...

17 Jun 4:51 AM 4 Read More...

IYNC 2012 - Charlotte, NC

[Approx. Read Time: < 1 minute] The International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) will be held in North America for the first time since 2004.  NA-YGN is proud to co-host this exceptional conference in Charlotte, North Carolina from August 5-11, 2012. The IYNC 2012 conference will supplement NA-YGN's annual professional development conference with new technical tracks, workshops, and tours.  Young profes...

10 Jun 10:24 AM 0 Read More...

2011 NA-YGN Annual Workshop Round-up

[Approx. Read Time - 3 minutes] In the heart of our nation's capital, young professionals from throughout North America gathered for the 2011 NA-YGN Annual Workshop. This was an amazing opportunity to redefine the understanding of nuclear power, as well as a chance to uncover a world of opportunities in the realistic future of green power generation. To describe the workshop without mentioning Fukushima Dai...

06 Jun 4:00 AM 2 Read More...

2010-2011 North American Young Generation in Nuclear, End of Year Report

[Approx. Read Time: 2 mins] North American - Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) adapted our organization during the 2010-2011 year to meet the unique needs of our members, particularly in a year that saw the tsunami-triggered nuclear crisis in Japan. Our group continues to operate as the premier grassroots organization in the nuclear science and technology sector. Our passion attracts new members and these new mem...

03 Jun 4:00 AM 0 Read More...