2016 Speakers

Jonathan Barfield

Currently the longest serving New Hanover County commissioner; he has served as both vice-chairman and chairman of the board of commissioners since being elected in 2008.

Jonathan Barfield

Gwyneth Cravens

Gwyneth Cravens is the author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy (Knopf). Her articles on science and other topics have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Discover.

Gwyneth Cravens

Chris Hersman

Mission Systems Engineer for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, and also serves as the Assistant Chief Engineer of the Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

Chris Hersman

Ryan Fitzpatrick

As Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program at Third Way, Ryan oversees the organization’s deep decarbonization efforts, including work on advanced nuclear technologies, carbon capture and storage, and alternative fuels and vehicles.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Dr. Samantha Hedrick

Dr. Hedrick is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, TN.

Samantha Hendrick

Maria Korsnick

Chief operating officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Before joining NEI, she served as senior vice president of Exelon’s Northeast operations and acting chief executive officer and chief nuclear officer of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

Maria Korsnick

Matthew Mann

Program Director for the Nuclear Technology Program at Cape Fear Community College. He works with community partners to train high quality applicants for careers in the nuclear field. Mann also spent six years as a nuclear plant operator.

Matthew Mann

John Mattingly

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he directs a small team of about 10 students and post-docs conducting research in the applications of radiation detection to nuclear security missions.

John Mattingly

Roger Sit

Director of Radiation Safety Programs For UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals, and an American Board of Health Physics certified Health Physicist with 31 years of experience in radiation and radiation protection in the nuclear power, medical, high energy accelerator, and academic industries.

Roger Sit

Donald Van der Vaart

Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality effective Jan. 1, 2015 by Gov. Pat McCrory. Prior to this appointment he served as DEQ’s deputy secretary and the department’s energy policy advisor.

Donald Van der Vaart

Jim Walther

Jim Walther is the Director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jim Walther

Glen Watford

Vice President of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s Chief Engineer’s Office, providing technical oversight, fostering development of new technology, products and services, and managing technical risks through the design process.

Glen Watford

Jay Wileman

President and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) Jay has more than 30 years experience, he has a wealth of international knowledge, having led many global teams to success across the energy spectrum.

Jay Wileman

Chris Wolfe

She started her career in nuclear as a Structural Design Engineer with the Shaw Group in Charlotte, NC, and now has a professional developmental role in the Corporate Resource Planning Dept. for SCANA evaluating generation planning models.

Chris Wolfe
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