Special Sessions


Student Sections Committee (SSC) Meeting

Date: Friday, April 9th 2021

Time: 12pm – 2pm


In this meeting, the current state and activities of the Student Section Committee will be discussed. This committee represents all the student sections of ANS at the national level. Student leaders and volunteers determine how the SSC will function and how the SSC can best support students in their local chapters. Having student involvement at the national level is crucial to the continued success and support of student ANS chapters. If you are interested in becoming more involved with ANS on a national level please attend this meeting. If you are a student section president, it is mandatory you, or a representative from your university, be in attendance.


Young Members’ Group (YMG) Executive Committee Meeting

Date: Friday, April 9th 2021

Time: 9am-10am


The Young Members Group is a Division within American Nuclear Society with a constituency of over 3,000 early- to mid-career nuclear professionals. YMG enables young professionals to learn inter- and intra-personal skills, network with peers among the 10,000-member ANS, participate in technical and non-technical leadership opportunities, familiarize with the governance structure of the Society, and recognize their peers through awards.

We encourage our members to participate in the activities of these groups that are closely related to their professional interests as well as in their local ANS sections. Recently, we have hosted technical and non-technical meeting sessions, webinars, social media competitions, networking events, and much more. We also support collaboration and member involvement with outside organizations, such as Women in Nuclear, North American Young Generation in Nuclear, International Young Nuclear Congress, and U.S. Department of Energy – Office of Nuclear Energy.

Come join the YMG Executive Committee Meeting to learn more about what we are planning for this year and how you can get involved!


Attendance is open to all!

Special Seminar on Admiral Rickover

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Title: Stories and Lessons Learned from the Early Years of Nuclear Power: 1945-1965

Speaker: TBD


The need for a strong and healthy nuclear power industry has never been greater.  Climate change is motivating the desire for more clean energy – clean energy that nuclear power is uniquely positioned to provide.  It’s a perfect time to look back at the history of nuclear power; as the great historian David McCullough once said, “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.”  And change is always perilous if you don’t know where you’re stepping.

Any look back at the history of nuclear power in the United States must start with the Navel Nuclear Propulsion Program lead by Admiral H. G. Rickover.  Rickover was an innovator and leader akin to Steve Jobs or Elon Musk; one with a vision that people couldn’t see, or thought was crazy, and the tenacity to overcome all obstacles to succeed.  Rickover made his vision of a nuclear power plant within the confines of a submarine hull a reality in a short five-year period between 1948 and 1953, culminating with the startup of the Mark I prototype for the USS Nautilus.  Then in 1957, his program started up the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the first full-scale nuclear plant designed solely for commercial use.  Rickover went on the build the Nuclear Navy we know today, which continues to feed the commercial industry with competent personnel.  Even 35 years after his death, we still feel his legacy.

At the 2020 ANS Student Conference, I will review some of the stories from the first 20 years of nuclear power in the United States and discuss how the lessons learned can shine a light on the future, especially as it relates to accident tolerant fuel and advanced reactors.  I hope to see you there.