AREVA Charlotte Young Generation Group Advocates for Nuclear Power and STEM Education
June 07, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 12, 2014 – On June 4, the AREVA Charlotte chapter of the North America Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) sent seven members to Raleigh, N.C. to participate in an annual state “Hill Day” to advocate for nuclear energy and for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
A key component of NAYGN’s mission is to engage and inform the public, including local legislators. During this year’s Hill Day, participants met with North Carolina Rep. Carla Cunningham, Rep. Kelly Alexander, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Rep. Marcus Brandon, and policy advisors Emily Wilson (Energy Advisor to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis), Dion Terry and Hugh Johnson (policy advisors to N.C. Governor Pat McCrory).
“Our future leaders are helping to ensure that our state legislators and policy advisors understand the value that clean, safe, affordable and reliable nuclear energy brings to the Carolinas,” said Tom Franch, senior vice president, Reactors & Services Business Group, AREVA Inc., and local executive sponsor of the NAYGN chapter. “In addition, many of our young generation employees have careers thanks to a strong foundation of STEM education. With 39 percent of the nuclear industry workforce eligible to retire by 2018, our employees are great representatives for the industry and advocates for both nuclear energy and the importance of STEM education.”
The AREVA Charlotte Chapter of NAYGN comprises more than 120 members, including engineers, managers, and support personnel. NAYGN is committed to developing leadership and professional skills, creating life-long connections, engaging and informing the public, and inspiring today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century – and that includes filling the talent pipeline needed to sustain the nuclear industry.
AREVA Charlotte NAYGN members met with Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg) on Wednesday, June 4, in the state capital.
Adam Howell listens intently as Emily Wilson, energy policy advisor to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), explains the Speaker’s support for nuclear power.
Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), spoke briefly with AREVA Charlotte NAYGN members. AREVA TN subsidiary Columbiana Hi-Tech is located in Greensboro, N.C.
AREVA Charlotte NAYGN members discussed the energy industry landscape and STEM education with Hugh Johnson and Dion Terry, policy advisors to N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.
Members from AREVA Charlotte NAYGN and AREVA’s Strategy, Government & International Affairs. (L to R): Nikki Harris, Rafael Yessayan, Matthew Sharpe, Mark Yaconetti, Adam Howell, Alec Hoppes, Lauren Jones, Robert Machen. Not pictured: Joshua Madrigal