General Chair

Ishita Trivedi


Ishita is serving as the General Chair for the ANS 2020 Student Conference. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University, respectively. She is currently working on a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at NC State and aims to defend her thesis in December 2020. Her research is focused on  “Uncertainty Quantification for Safety Analysis of Lead-cooled Fast Reactor Systems”. While at NC State, she received the Graduate Merit Award and the Provost Doctoral Fellowship. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring museums, running, and learning to cook.


Technical Program Chair

Joseph Cope


Joseph is serving as the Technical Program Chair for the ANS 2020 Student Conference. He received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 2016, Master of Nuclear Engineering in 2017, and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in December 2019. As a graduate student, Joseph was a Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) Fellow studying radiological emergency response air sampling methods. He has participated in a variety of internship programs throughout his academic career including Newport News Shipbuilding, Idaho National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Naval Nuclear Laboratory and the Remote Sensing Laboratory. Joseph currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and enjoys the abundance of museums and monuments on the National Mall.



Cameron Maras


Cameron serves as the Treasurer for the ANS 2020 Student Conference. He is a Masters Candidate in Nuclear Engineering (ABM) operating under the NRC Graduate Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering (GFINE) 2019-2020 within the Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group (RDFMG).  His research focus is into applying Reinforcement Learning and Machine Learning to reactor core design optimization. Beyond school and work, he is interested in sailing, traveling, hiking, and classical art.



Logistics Co-Chair 

Jacob A. Weinberg


Jacob serves as the Logistics Program Co-Chair for the ANS 2020 National Conference. He is a senior participating in the Accelerated Bachelors to Master’s Program (ABM). His research interests include radiological air monitoring and nuclear non-proliferation safeguarding techniques. Outside of academics, Jacob is a cadet in Air Force ROTC and enjoys working out, climbing, and playing hockey.


ANS Student Chapter President

Brandon Hunter

NC State ANS Student Chapter Co-Adviser

Lisa Marshall

Lisa is serving as the NC State ANS Student Chapter co-adviser. She is the Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement and adviser for NC State’s Nuclear Engineering as well as a lecturer (energy geographies & introduction to engineering & problem solving).. A member of ANS National since 2005, Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors. She is a former chair of the Education, Training & Workshop Development Division (ETWDD) and current technical program committee member for the ANS Conference on Nuclear Training & Education (CONTE). A graduate of Carleton University, NC State University & the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her research interests include energy studies, engineering education & geographic information science (GIS).

NC State ANS Student Chapter Co-Adviser

Dr. Robert Hayes

Dr. Hayes is an associate professor of nuclear engineering at NC State teaching courses in nuclear waste management, health physics and the fundamentals of radiation and reactors. His research is in retrospective dosimetry and radiological air monitoring. He is also a certified health physicist, a licenced professional engineer, a fellow of the American Physical Society and holds a joint faculty appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to coming to NC State, he worked in radiological emergency response and transuranic waste disposal.