Past Meetings

Dr. Kevin Kochersberger, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Director of Unmanned Systems Laboratory
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30
Sweet Briar College’s Upchurch Field House

Charles Southall, VP of Engineering and Design for Newport News Shipbuilding
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5:00 – 8:30
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond

Dr. Robert Martin, BWXT
Science-Based Nuclear Design and Safety in the Emerging Age of Data Based Analytics”
January 23, 2020
VCU East Engineering Hall, Richmond, VA


The Executive Board met on May 22, 2020 to plan for next year’s dinner meetings. If you have ideas for topics and speakers, contact the Chair. Our meetings are typically scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month rotating between the Newport News, Lynchburg, Richmond areas, with the Annual April Meem Lecture in Charlottesville.

American Nuclear Society (ANS) Savannah River Section

Virtual Lunch and Learn Event – 12:30 PM (ET) Friday, June 12, 2020

“SHINE Medical:  Our Technologies, Application and Progress” 

Dr. Greg Piefer

Founder and CEO of SHINE Medical Technologies

Register by June 11th

Presenter and Topic:
Dr. Piefer is the founder and CEO of SHINE Medical Technologies, located in Janesville, Wisconsin. The isotope production facility that SHINE is building in Janesville, Wisconsin, will use a patented, proprietary manufacturing process to produce medical isotopes such as 99Mo (Mo-99), the essential component in medical imaging procedures used to diagnose heart disease and other conditions, and to stage cancer. The SHINE technology offers major advantages over other production technologies because it does not require a nuclear reactor, uses less electricity, and generates less waste. This discussion will consist of the background and a status update on the SHINE facility and planning for isotope production in the U.S. and internationally.

The presentation will be conducted as a Zoom Webinar beginning at 12:30-1:30PM Eastern.  For registrants, a ZOOM link will be sent to you on or before June 11th.

Reservations are required.  Please make all reservations through the following link: Alternatively, email

Note: When registering, leave the options blank for boxed lunches if you are not in the Savannah River area.

This event is free, however ANS Savannah River is accepting donations to the “Richard Benjamin Scholarship Fund” or other charities of your choice (Honor System).  Your check designating the scholarship fund can be mailed to: ANS Savannah River, P.O. Box 7001, Aiken, SC 29804

All VA-ANS meetings have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check back for updates about future section activities and in the meantime, wash your hands well and practice social distancing.