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AREVA and Kansas State University Host Nuclear Energy & Engineering Day for Native American Students

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May 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 19, 2014 – AREVA and Kansas State University partnered on May 9 to host a Nuclear Energy and Engineering day for local Native American high school students. The event featured guest speakers from Kansas State, AREVA TN, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation in support of greater awareness and understanding of nuclear energy technology. The Kansas State student chapter of the American Nuclear Society provided support for the event.

"We were proud to collaborate with Kansas State University in support of a program to introduce Native American students to nuclear science, nuclear energy and career opportunities in our industry," said Michael McMahon, senior vice president of AREVA TN America. "As partners in support of the DOE Minorities in Energy initiative, we recognize the importance of engaging and supporting greater awareness and understanding of safe, clean air energy technologies such as nuclear power."

The event included a tour of the Kansas State nuclear reactor laboratory, the only university reactor in the state of Kansas; a scientific experiment using radioactive isotopes produced by the reactor; and opportunities to hear engineers from AREVA and from Wolf Creek speak about potential career paths.

In addition to AREVA sponsoring the event, AREVA TN contributed $5000 to support the Kansas State University Nuclear Reactor Community Outreach Program, which hosts more than 2000 visitors each year. A plaque was presented at the event and will be installed at the entrance to the reactor building.

Dr. Michael V. McMahon, Senior Vice president of AREVA TN America, discusses a future of opportunity for the best and the brightest innovators in the nuclear industry. Photo credit: Kansas State University Division of Communications and Marketing

AREVA TN’s Michael McMahon and Jeffery Geuther, Nuclear Reactor Facilities Manager at Kansas State University, hold a plaque honoring AREVA TN’s donation to the KSU nuclear reactor. Photo credit: KSU Division of Communications and Marketing

American Nuclear Society’s student chapter president at Kansas State University, Jesse Chadwick, explains the nuclear reactor process as the Native American students look on. Photo credit: KSU Division of Communications and Marketing

Native American students climb up the steps to look inside the nuclear reactor at Kansas State University to watch a demonstration of its operation. Photo credit: KSU Division of Communications and Marketing

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Denise Woernle
AREVA Inc. North America
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