The American Nuclear Society is committed to nuclear professionals and the nuclear industry. In addition to providing forums where professionals meet, ANS offers education, publications, outreach and more. Please read below and make sure to explore our website at http://www.ans.org/, to learn about all we have to offer.
ANS continues to be a professional, not-for-profit organization of scientists, engineers, and other professionals devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 10,500+ members (in 46 countries) representing 1,600 plus corporations, which come from diverse technical disciplines ranging from physics and nuclear safety to operations and power, and from across the full spectrum of the national and international enterprise, including government, academia, research laboratories, and private industry. Making it all succeed are a Board of Directors, 21 standing committees, 18 professional divisions (and one technical group), 54 local sections (including 7 overseas and one affiliated society), 34 student sections, 24 plant branches, liaison agreements with some 30 non-U.S. nuclear societies (and one organization), and a headquarters staff of about 50 people.
Vision: ANS will be the recognized credible advocate for advancing and promoting nuclear science and technology.
Mission: ANS provides its members with opportunities for professional development and serves the nuclear community by creating a forum for sharing information and advancements in technology, and by engaging the public and policy makers through communication outreach.
Purpose: The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.
The history of the Utility Working Conference:
In 1994, a small but determined group of leaders within the Operations and Power Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) conducted the first Utility Working Conference (UWC) in answer to the following questions:
- How can the combined perspectives of various utility leaders be focused onto the most immediate needs and most challenging issues currently facing the ever-changing nuclear industry?
- How can the collected insights from a broad cross section of nuclear experts be shared in frank and timely dialog without the burden of formal presentations or unnecessary organizational barriers?
- How can pertinent information about significant achievements and successes be effectively disseminated to others having similar requirements and resource limitations?
- What mode of communication most efficiently satisfies all these objectives in a venue conducive to working, sharing and learning?
The result was a small conference attended by fewer than 200 that many quickly recognized to be a powerful venue for sharing expertise, experience and learning.
Since that first small conference in Amelia Island, FL, the UWC has continued to grow into a major industry meeting. Annually bringing in over 750+ utility industry professionals and 90+ vendor exhibits in the Technology Expo.
Past presentations can be found at uwckb.ans.org.