The 2011 CNTA Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet
CNTA's 20th Annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet proceeded on October 3 at the University of South Carolina at Aiken's Convocation Center, University Parkway, Aiken SC. Please click on the links below for pre-event information and a photo gallery from the event.
2011 Pre-Event Flyer
2011 Photo Gallery
Our Guest Speaker this year was Mr. Stephen Kuczynski, Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear Operating Company. In this role, he is responsible for all operations of Southern Company's six nuclear reactors. He is also responsible for new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 near Augusta GA. He was elected Chairman, President, and CEO effective July 11, 2011.
Mr. Kucynski has more than 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President of Exelon Nuclear Midwest Operations. In that role, he had oversight of all operational functions for Exelon's six nuclear operating facilities in Illinois and 11 reactors. Prior to that role, he was the Senior Vice President of Operations Support in which he was responsible for the performance of Outage Services, Training, Emergency Preparedness, Security, Chemistry, Radiation Protection, Operations, Maintenance, Work Control and Industrial Safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet.
Previously, Kuczynski worked at Byron Station. He joined the Byron team in 1999 and held manager positions in Nuclear Oversight and Maintenance before becoming Plant Manager in 2001. He was named Byron Site Vice President in 2003. Kuczynski also worked at Exelon's Dresden Station from 1984-99. During that time, he played an integral part in the successful improvement effort to have the site removed from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Watchlist.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and earned a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) License from the NRC.
Kuczynski and his wife, Janice, have four children and reside in Birmingham AL.
CNTA Executive Director Clint Wolfe noted that it has been more than twenty years since the last new nuclear power plant was built, and the very next one built in the U.S. will be at Plant Vogtle by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. For that reason, Mr. Kuczynski was a very appropriate choice for Teller speaker.
Other highlights of the Teller Lecture and Dinner included the presentation of the 2011 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr. Travis Knight and the 2011 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Dillon Inabinett.
As part of CNTA's celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the dinner featured the showing of an excerpt from a 1992 talk by Dr. Teller at SRS.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our many sponsors, our CNTA membership, and supporters of the 2011 lecture.
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