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United Kingdom Sellafield employees Lorna McDonald (left) and Gemma Goulding worked at the Savannah River Site as participants in an international partnership formed by the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), URS Corporation and Savannah River Remediation (SRR). The interns worked in radiological protection under the mentorship of Mike Matheny, SRR Contractor Assurance/Radiological Engineer Manager.

International Partnership Formed for Student Exchange Program

September 9, 2014


AIKEN, S.C. – A student exchange program between the United States and the United Kingdom (UK) was initiated that sent US students to nuclear cleanup sites in the UK and UK student workers to the Savannah River Site (SRS).


Major sponsors of the program include the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), URS Corporation and Savannah River Remediation (SRR).


The program provides the students with international nuclear industry experience and practical application of the knowledge they have gained during their college studies, according to SRR President and Project Manager Stuart MacVean.


"Student interns in this partnership saw first-hand how different countries work on similar issues to accomplish an important mission, just like our SRR liquid waste mission," MacVean said. "What they learned during their internships will become a meaningful, life-long experience that will help guide their careers."


In June 2014, four local students traveled to the UK for an eight-week internship at the NDA's Sellafield Site and the UK Low Level Waste Repository in Cumbria, UK. Participating students were Brittany Jowers, a Biology major at the University of South Carolina Aiken; Zina Jones, an Applied Science and Math major at Aiken Technical College; Jacqueline Wilder, a Chemical Engineering major, and Lumumba Harnett, an Electrical Engineering major, both attending Hampton University.


Interning at SRS were Gemma Goulding, who attends the University of Lancaster, and Lorna McDonald, who attends the University of Cumbria. Both students are also employees at Sellafield.


While at SRS, both the interns learned radiological protection under the mentorship of Mike Matheny, SRR Contractor Assurance/Radiological Engineer Manager.


The Sellafield project, which is led by URS and international partners, AMEC and AREVA, is involved with the safe decommissioning of the UK's nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities.


SRS is owned by DOE. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by SRR, a team of companies led by URS Corporation with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.

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