Local resident organizes MIT conference

By The Mercury

Science and Engineering and Technology Policy graduate student, Samuel Brinton is the co-chair of the American Nuclear Society 2013 Student Conference being held April 4-6 in Cambridge, Mass.

“Our conference theme is the Public Image of the Nuclear Engineer,” Brinton said, a graduate student at MIT, one of three co-chairs of the event. “We’ll interview and film conference attendees to create the first-ever ‘I’m a Nuke’ video. Starring nuclear science and technology students from around the world, we’ll be capturing the many faces of nuclear to show that nuclear professionals are a diverse group all working to leverage the benefits society can realize from nuclear. We plan to post the video on social media sites.”

Brinton and his co-chairs, Nathan Gibson of Dracut, MA, and Ekatarina Paramonova of Monroeville, Pa., have arranged for Commissioner George Apostolakis, Ph.D. of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to serve as the conference keynote speaker.

“The theme for this year’s ANS Student Conference will be an interesting topic to explore,” stated Apostolakis. “I plan to speak about my views on what shapes the public’s image, to provide some insights about how the NRC tries to engender public confidence in our work, and to offer my thoughts on how to shape the public image of nuclear engineers in the future.”

Additional conference highlights include technical workshops, panel discussions, media training, tours of the MIT reactor, and one-one-discussions with exhibiting industry representatives.

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