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SRR Intern Learns Valuable Lessons about a Career in Nuclear Engineering

June 29, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer intern Janeca Parker saw the puzzle pieces fall into place while working in the radiological engineering and health physics (RE & HP) group.

As a senior nuclear engineering major at the University of Florida, the subject matter was familiar.

"It was interesting to see coursework become reality," said Parker.

RE & HP gave her various projects to help her learn and grow in her field.

In her summer intern position, Parker was able to use nuclear engineering codes, such as MCNP and Scale, to complete various projects. She was allowed to work independently with some oversight on shielding models and dose rate calculations for SRR projects.

Also, Parker gained experience with alpha spectroscopy on waste tank effluent stack air samples. During this process, alpha radionuclides on the samples were identified.

"I was able to gain real experience," said Parker. "The projects my RE & HP mentor gave me were things that were not necessarily learned in the classroom. I was able to work on projects that were useful to the company."

Parker said she gained insight on teamwork, which leads to success on the job.

"Seeing how groups work together in a professional setting was very beneficial," said Parker, reflecting on her summer work. "I was able to experience groups turning disagreements into solutions."

She is the involved in various engineering organizations, including U.S. Women in Nuclear Gator Chapter, as vice president, National Society of Black Engineers and the American Nuclear Society.

Parker is one of 43 summer interns working for SRR at Savannah River Site (SRS). Interns were selected based on their experience, grade point average and year in school.

SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by SRR, a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.

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