Keynote Speakers



Tanya M. Hamilton

Senior Vice President

Nuclear Corporate

Duke Energy

Tanya Hamilton serves as senior vice president, nuclear corporate for Duke Energy. In this role, she is responsible for accelerating the company’s efforts to transform operations and position the nuclear fleet to serve customers well into the future. She has responsibility for nuclear corporate operations, engineering, regulatory affairs and innovation.
Hamilton has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry. Before assuming her current position in December 2019, she served as site vice president of the Harris Nuclear Plant near New Hill, N.C. In that role, she was responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the single-unit, pressurized water-reactor nuclear generating facility. She directed station and facilities management, operations, maintenance, chemistry, radiation protection, engineering, nuclear and industrial safety, and business operations. She also served as plant manager of Harris.
Hamilton joined Duke Power in 1992 and held various engineering positions prior to being appointed as training manager at McGuire Nuclear Station in 2004. Additional leadership positions include safety assurance manager, work control superintendent and engineering manager at Catawba Nuclear Station and corporate engineering functional area manager for nuclear generation.
Hamilton serves on the nuclear engineering accreditation oversight board for North Carolina State University and provides strategic consulting to the board of directors for Community Health Service in Union County, N.C.

Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 7.7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 150 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.



Mr. William E. Russell

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

BWX Technologies, Inc.

William E. Russell is the senior vice president and chief technology officer for BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT).

Prior to being appointed to this position in 2017, Mr. Russell served in multiple areas of the Company, including research and development for medical isotopes, advanced reactor design and small modular reactor fuel method development.

Before joining BWXT in 2011, Mr. Russell spent 16 years at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH). While at GEH, he held various positions of increased responsibility in technology development, including isotope technology leader, laser enrichment technology leader, ESBWR design leader and new product introduction leader.

Mr. Russell is a named inventor on 75 U.S. patents and patent applications in the fields of nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and mathematics. He is an accomplished inventor and throughout his career he has accumulated company awards for product innovation, intellectual property, customer impact, engineering, new product introduction and technical contributions.

Mr. Russell graduated with magna cum laude honors from North Carolina State University, holding a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.