Section News/Activities

   The Northeast Section of the American Nuclear Society has recently awarded two $1000 scholarships. The recipients are:

Chris Salazar is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish with a minor in Nuclear Engineering at University of Rhode Island (URI). He intends to continue there to pursue a PhD in Solid Mechanics and Nuclear Engineering. He is interested in seeking employment with Los Alamos or Sandia National Labs, working in the discipline of Blast Mitigation.

Calvin Downey is a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Material Science. To meet his education needs, he has created an Independent study program at WPI in Nuclear Physics and Engineering. He intends to continue on to graduate school in a Nuclear Engineering Program and eventually be employed in the nuclear industry.

The Northeast Section of the American Nuclear Society routinely works with students from the University of Rhode Island (URI), the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UMass Lowell), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). These schools maintain Nuclear Science/Engineering programs with courses designed to provide engineering talent to support the operation of the nuclear power plants in New England. These Nuclear Power Stations provide sustainable, carbon free electricity to the region. Additionally, the WPI and UMass Lowell curriculums include coursework in health physics and radiation biology, which provide the groundwork for programs in radiation cancer treatment. These treatments are employed by numerous hospitals and cancer treatment centers throughout New England. UMass Lowell can also train future engineers how to safely produce the isotopes that are needed for these treatments.

   Article by Dr. Gil Brown   - Your View: Consider nuclear when eliminating carbon, SouthCoast Today, by Dr. Gil Brown

   Student Debate Teams  - On February 25, 2016 as part of Engineers Week student debate teams from UML and WPI presented original proposals for resolution of nuclear waste disposal issues. Both groups were outstanding and both won awards. The UML team was awarded 1st place and the WPI team 2nd place.

Below is a picture of the debate teams and student supporters.

   Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Health Physics Society New England Section, Radioactive Material Shipper's Seminar  - The Westford Inn and Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA. (Click here for details)

   Friday, April 24, 2015 - Climate Change and the Future of Nuclear Energy - a Yale Climate & Energy Institute Conference.  The conference is free and open to the public.  ANS-NE members are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, you may contact the organizer, Jared Milfred, Yale Climate and Energy Institute,

   March 18, 2015 - ANS-NE Social at PapaRazzi No speaker this time.  ANS-NE members got together, relaxed and participated in a triva game prepared by Liz Canty (Thank you Liz!).


   Feb 25, 2015 - Very interesting talk about Nuclear Security & Safeguards by Dr. Sukesh Aghara (UMass Lowell).
Dr. Aghara discussed the international safeguards and security system challenges due to increased proliferation and terrorism threats. We also got to participate in exercises where we tried to spot possible security issues after watching a couple of short videos. A power point of his presentation can be downloaded here.

   Feb 11-12, 2015, UML-NIC-Argonne Advanced Reactors Summit II - Technology and Process Innovation in Advanced Reactors
Under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Nuclear Engineering Program and in conjunction with U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council & Argonne National Laboratory. A Special Technical Summit Focusing on Advanced Reactors.




Meeting Schedule

  • * * Future Meetings * *

  • ANS NE Social Event
    Sep 20, 2017, 5:30 pm @ Owen O'Leary's, Southboro, MA


  • Life after Nuclear Plant Shutdown (Vermont Local Area Speaker)
    Oct 18, 2017, @ EPM


  • Advances in risk-based design (Spkr TBD) (Pourgol-Mohammad, Mohammad) (Darvin BU)
    Nov 21, 2017


  • Refueling Planning and Execution
    Jan 24, 2018


  • Student Presentations/Debate
    Feb 28, 2018


  • High Level Waste Storage
    Mar 28, 2018


  • Massachusetts Energy Policy (Mass DOE)
    April 18, 2018


  • NuScale SMR / Section Annual Meeting
    May 16, 2018


  • Health Physics Society
    New England Section
    Attend Meetings under Special Agreement with ANS-NE
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