AREVA’s Sue Coleman Wins American Nuclear Society’s Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award
November 16, 2010
AREVA engineer and Principal Project Manager Sue Coleman received the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS) Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award at the ANS Winter Meeting in Las Vegas on Nov. 9. This award was established to recognize outstanding personal dedication and technical achievement by a woman for work she has performed in the fields of nuclear science, engineering, research, or education.
In September 2009, Coleman led the project delivery of two 510-ton steam generators to Exelon’s Three Mile Island (TMI) Nuclear Generating Plant for AREVA’s Chalon-St. Marcel heavy component factory in France. Coleman helmed the historic transport
through a one-of-a-kind, 75-mile course through parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania that required extensive engineering solutions, public communications and mounting crowd control.
From coordination with more than 150 entities which included vendors, municipalities, state and federal agencies, schools and private businesses and media to managing the engineering solutions for 75 rural and secondary roads in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Coleman and her team remained focused on safety, execution and on-time delivery. The project has been recognized for its excellence in engineering and community relations by the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Nuclear Energy Institute respectively. It is also a finalist for “Engineering Project of the Year” with Platts
Global Energy Awards that will be presented in December.
Coleman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with bachelor and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. Her 18-year career at AREVA has focused on services for the nuclear power industry. Her past projects have included design of robotic tooling, decommissioning of the Maine Yankee reactor internals, and heavy component replacements for six power plants.