August 8, 2013
Aiken, S.C. -- Five Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees traveled to Washington, D.C., recently for a nuclear conference tailored to young nuclear enthusiasts.
SRR employees Aria Behrouzi, Carrie Chiu, Phylicia Collier, Ryan Penney and Arouna Liloudini attended the North American Young Generations in Nuclear (YGN) Annual Workshop and Conference. This year's conference, titled "Securing the Future of Nuclear: Safety, Technology and Leadership," provided opportunities to young professionals in the nuclear field, who are said to be leaders that will face the challenges of nuclear in the 21st century.
The employees were chosen by SRR managers through an application process. One of the attendees, Aria Behrouzi, SRR Engineer and President of the Savannah River YGN, said this conference was beneficial for him and his peers.
"Conferences, such as this one, are crucial in shaping future leaders within the nuclear field and encouraging young professionals to grow and succeed within the industry," said Behrouzi. "It was unanimous that we had a renewed sense of conviction for the nuclear industry after the conference."
Almost 400 NAYGN members attended the 2013 conference to learn about the technology, regulations and leadership skills that keep the nuclear industry safe, vibrant and growing. SRR employees attended professional development sessions to enhance skills used daily within the work environment.
Among the many lessons, the SRR employees strengthened their knowledge bank about nuclear safety culture. Phylicia Collier, an SRR Operations Trainer, made the connection that nuclear safety culture must be a mindset shared by all SRR employees, as well as Savannah River Site (SRS) employees.
"We learned that a strong safety culture is an elemental part of ensuring the longevity of the nuclear industry," said Collier. "No element of safety can work by itself, so if one portion of the cycle is not functioning correctly, it can affect other aspects of the site and its safety."
The group also attended receptions that offered them time to network with like-minded young professionals from other companies.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is comprised of 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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