We are students supporting one another to engage in nuclear advocacy. Students are at an interesting position in life. We are making decisions for what we want to devote our working lives toward progressing. These are the stories of students who have decided that developing and supporting nuclear energy is an important and meaningful way to spend their lives. We do not take money from the nuclear industry. The nuclear industry is a risky, arguably declining business to choose to work in right now. Students have all kinds of reasons why they find nuclear power to be so compelling. This website is a means for students dedicated to nuclear energy and technology to support one another, build a community, and tell the stories of why we are doing what we are doing.
Kelley Verner is a native of Idaho Falls, ID where she is finishing up her master’s in Biological Engineering through the University of Idaho. In the fall of 2017 she will be continuing on in the Nuclear Engineering PhD program. Kelley received her bachelor’s degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho (Moscow, ID campus) in the summer of 2015. She sees nuclear energy as the avenue needed for environmental sustainability and preservation, health improvements for people globally, and as a source of high quality jobs and lives.
Nicholas is a PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying Nuclear Engineering and Science. His research focuses on making capture cross section measurements to improve nuclear data.
Nicholas is a strong advocate for nuclear energy and believes that all low carbon sources of energy will be needed to combat climate change.
Nicholas is also an active member of the American Nuclear Society, is a Senior Reactor Operator at the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility, and is an avid skier.
Emma Redfoot is currently a nuclear engineering master’s student at The University of Idaho in Idaho Falls. Emma received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College. Through Emma’s undergraduate experience’s living on a farm in Ecuador and studying volunteer tourism in Peru, she concluded that energy is the fundamental physical building block from which prosperity can grow. She then decided that it was important to grow power accessibility in the world, especially from non-emitting sources. Emma believes nuclear energy is important to mitigate climate change while providing energy for the rapidly developing world.