Photos and Presentation from the April 9th, 2014 Speaker Event with Michael Quinn

Dr. Michael D. Quinn, of WorkPlace Cornerstone Associates (WCA), presented “Transuranic Uptake at a Commercial Nuclear Power Station” to a group of 24 on April 9th, 2014.  This was a fascinating presentation about a little known significant event at the Bruce Nuclear Power Station in Canada.  Everyone in our industry can and should learn from this event that included many institutionalized errors.  An informative and very helpful Q&A period followed the presentation.  The slides are available below:

20140409 Overview of Radiological Event (Rev 2)

Photos from this Speaker Meeting are below (more to follow soon!):

Thank you all for attending!

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Presentation Slides from the Speaker Meeting held May 22nd, 2013

Ted Quinn, Past ANS President, spoke at the ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting on May 22nd, 2013.  His presentation, titled “The Challenges of Cyber Security in Nuclear Energy” is available here:

20130522 Presentation Challenges of Cyber Security in Nuclear Energy

This was another successful meeting featuring a very hot topic for the industry.  At Ted’s request, we made him an ANS Connecticut Section member.  This meeting was a great opportunity for current and past I&C Engineers to get reunite and to catch up.  We had a lot of history in the small crowd of 28 people.

Presentation Slides from the Speaker Meeting on February 7th, 2013

Sam Eddinger spoke at the ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting on February 7th, 2013.  His presentation, titled “Fusion: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but were afraid to ask)” is available here:

20130207 Presentation Fusion Everything you wanted to know

This was a very successful meeting and the topic was well received!  Sam, as many of you know, is a Connecticut Section member.  This meeting was a great opportunity for Sam to gain more experience speaking to a small crowd of about 30 people on a topic of interest to him.  If you or someone you know would like to present at a future ANS Section Meeting, please contact Liz Sundstrom at:  sundstev@westinghouse.com.

We are interested in any topic related to the science, engineering, or social aspects of the atom.

ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting Presentation for May 10th, 2012

Jeff Engelberger – Business Development Manager, DRS Consolidated Controls, Inc., spoke at the ANS Connecticut Section Speaker Meeting on May 10th, 2012.  His presentation, entitled “Challenges in the Development of Virtual Controls for Class 1E Safety Applications” is available here.

The use of conventional control devices such as pushbuttons, toggle switches, thumbwheels and rotary controls in a nuclear power generating station requires the allocation of a considerable amount of control panel space as well as the cost for multiple input devices and their associated wiring.  Alternately, computer-based virtual controls like touch screen displays can be implemented.  Virtual control panels offer significant advantages over discrete controls and can be reconfigured to match the real time context of the control task at hand.  However, due to the technologies employed and the operational and developmental requirements associated with Class 1E nuclear safety systems, several challenges in the development of such a system must be addressed.