Nine organizations set for 2018 SPEED-Interchange
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering students will have the opportunity to network with a variety of alumni and company representatives Tuesday, Sept. 25 during the 2018 SPEED-Interchange event.
This annual event, first offered in 2009, allows NPRE alumni and other participants to share information on employers, internships, and career opportunities and strategies. Alumni interact with students in individual informational sessions and a group panel discussion as well as conduct interviews if desired. (See program).
The panel presentation and question-answer session has been set for 4 p.m. in Room 103 Talbot Laboratory. Small group sessions are set for 1:30-3:30 p.m., with the following participants in various Talbot Laboratory venues:
Stephen Coggeshall, MMUS 84 (Music), MS 82, PhD 84, spent 11 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory doing research in laser fusion. In 1995 he left the lab to co-found the data analytics company, CASA, which was bought by FICO in 2002. Continuing in business applications of data science, he co-founded two other companies that were sold to Morgan Stanley and Lifelock. Having hired more than 100 data scientists, he is an expert at transitioning from the discipline of sciences into applied business analytics and data science. He is currently teaching Business Analytics at University of Southern California-Los Angeles and University of California-San Diego. Coggeshall will offer information on how to work in the data science field.
EXELON CORP. • 131 Talbot
A FORTUNE 100 company, Exelon Corp. work s in every stage of the energ y business: power generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and delivery. As the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, Exelon does business in 48 states, D.C., and Canada and had 2017 revenues of $33.5 billion . The company employs approximately 34,000 people nationwide.
McVey, BS 1983, has made his career at Exelon. He has held various positions in the Nuclear Fuels organization and has been assigned to three different nuclear power plants. Currently, he is the Director of Core Design for eight boiling water reactor plants.
DuBay began his career as a nuclear engineer out of University of Michigan working for General Electric. After working several rotations and carving out a niche of expertise in reactor modifications, he left GE for his master’s in business administration. Ultimately earning his MBA was the first of several stepping stones in his 11-year evolution from a technical expert to his current role.
GE HEALTHCARE • 111 Talbot (open suite area)
GE Healthcare is the $19 billion healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE). As a leading provider of medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing, and cell and gene therapy technologies, GE Healthcare enables precision health in diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services. With over 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry and more than 50,000 employees globally, the company helps improve outcomes more efficiently for patients, healthcare providers, researchers and life sciences companies around the world.
Wollenweber, BS 1990 (Engineering Physics, Illinois), PhD 1996 (Physics, University of Iowa), has worked in positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular imaging for GE since 1998. His research interests include quantitative imaging, combined imaging modalities and computer-based observer models. He holds 37 patents, and has been published in 28 peer-reviewed journals and 69 conference proceedings.
JENSEN HUGHES • 111K Talbot
JENSEN HUGHES is a global specialty engineering consulting firm specializing in engineering solutions for nuclear facilities and all critical infrastructure with over 65 offices world-wide. The company has over 36 years’ experience in the nuclear industry working on projects from original design to plant life extension at every U.S. nuclear plant and numerous international nuclear plants. The firm has nearly 1,200 employees and more than 300 nuclear power experienced engineers with many possessing advanced graduate degrees from top technical universities.
Kelsey Bear, BS 17, and Ethan Graven, BS 17, provide support for the Risk Informed Services group of JENSEN HUGHES. Both are members of the Exelon Risk Management group, with Kelsey serving as Site Risk Management Engineer at Dresden Nuclear Generating Station, and Ethan as Site Risk Management Engineer at Byron Nuclear Generating Station. Both are responsible for implementation of risk management programs and applications at the site, reviewing plant modifications for impact to the Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), and leading risk-informed application efforts as needed.
Since starting at Jensen-Hughes in May 2017, Moses, BS 16, has been working on Risk-Informed Equipment Categorization, under the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 10 CFR 50.69 regulation, for three nuclear power plants ( Entergy’s Waterford 3 plant, TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, and Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station). This program improves plant safety by updating safety classifications for systems and components using Probabilistic Risk Assessment data and deterministic evaluations.
INTEL • 220 Talbot
INTEL Corp. designs, manufactures, and sells computer, networking, data storage, and communication platforms worldwide. The company operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Programmable Solutions Group, and All Other segments. Its platforms are used in notebooks, desktops, and wireless and wired connectivity products; enterprise, cloud, and communication infrastructure market segments; and retail, automotive, industrial, and various other embedded applications. Founded in 1968 and based in Santa Clara, California, the company employs 102,700 people.
Lytle, BS 05, MS 07, PhD 11, began as a Senior Process Engineer at INTEL in 2011 after completing his PhD. As a PTD Group Leader, Lytle is responsible for driving hardware and process items for INTEL’s newest products and technology.
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY • 319M Talbot
Los Alamos National Laboratory maintains broad science, technology, and engineering capabilities to meet LANL’s national security mission: ensuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, reducing global threats, and solving emerging national security challenges. LANL works on nuclear nonproliferation and border security, energy and infrastructure security, and measures to counter nuclear and biological terrorist threats. LANL conducts fundamental science in high-energy and applied physics and theory; high-performance computing; dynamic and energetic materials science; superconductivity; quantum information; advanced materials; bioinformatics; theoretical and computational biology; chemistry; earth and environmental science; energy and infrastructure security; engineering sciences and applications; and nanotechnology.
Hill, MS 94, PhD 98, came to Los Alamos as a graduate student in 1996 and returned as a staff member after completing his Ph.D. in 1999. He specializes in nuclear primary design, particularly nuclear safety, and in the development of massively-parallel multiphysics codes that provide assessment of the enduring stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing.
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY • 100H Talbot
Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission by addressing the country’s energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. ORNL delivers scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security, and also create economic opportunity for the nation. The partnership between DOE and UT-Battelle, LLC, which manages ORNL, has created a national resource drawing outstanding researchers to world-class facilities to attack fundamental scientific challenges, couple discoveries with applied research, and work with industry to translate results into commercial applications.
Jain, MS 06, PhD 10, is a team lead for ORNL’s Thermal Hydraulics focus area in the Advanced Reactor Engineering group. He received his bachelor’s degree (2004) in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay. His primary research interests include CFD, heat transfer, advanced multiphysics simulations, lattice Boltzmann method, and parallel scientific software development. At ORNL, Jain has developed an advanced thermal-hydraulics safety basis model for the High Flux Isotope Reactor. He also serves as a thermal safety reviewer for the 238Pu isotope production program and a design engineer for the laboratory’s project on molten salt–cooled reactors.
Starfire Industries • 216 Talbot
Starfire Industries provides industry-changing plasma source and particle accelerator solutions; designed, manufactured and delivered worldwide from
the company’s headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. Starfire has two business units: one specializing in plasma sources and the IMPULSE™ pulsed
power module for thin-film magnetron sputtering, and the other specializes in nGen™ compact neutron generators and the Pictoris™ radiography
platform for non-destructive inspection. The Starfire team has experience developing, manufacturing and supporting a suite of products and services
for a broad range of industry applications.
Brian Jurczyk, Chief Executive Officer
Jurczyk, BS 95 (Aerospace Engineering), MS 97, PhD 01, MBA 01, holds a dual PhD/MBA degree with background in aerospace, nuclear, plasma and
radiological engineering and technology commercialization. As CEO, Jurczyk works to find creative win-win solutions with commercial and industrial partners
for particularly challenging applications - at all stages of value creation from basic IP development through early-stage manufacturing. In 2012-13, Jurczyk
received the Innovation Celebration “Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award,” was named to Central Illinois Business’ “40-under-40,” and has served
as Chairperson of the Champaign-Urbana CEO Roundtable.
U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION • 220 Talbot
As a collegial body, the Commission formulates policies, develops regulations governing nuclear reactor and nuclear material safety, issues orders to licensees, and adjudicates legal matters.
Christine Lipa is the Deputy Director for the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety in the Region III office in Lisle, Illinois. Lipa joined the NRC in 1990 as a reactor inspector and since that time has held other positions in Region III, including Senior Resident Inspector at the Duane Arnold and Perry nuclear power plants; Branch Chief, Division of Reactor Projects (including oversight of the Clinton plant); Branch Chief for Decommissioning and Dry Spent Fuel Storage in the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety (including oversight of the U of I reactor decommissioning); and Branch Chief for engineering inspections in the Division of Reactor Safety. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School in Chicago, Illinois.