Graham Hemingway Brought up close to Sellafield I have always had an interest in the nuclear industry. After studying both aerospace and nuclear engineering I am now an ONR nucleargraduate. A range of international secondments has shown me the breadth of the industry, and I am currently focused on assuring Cybersecurity.
Michael Austin In 2016 I graduated with a masters in Chemistry and since then I’ve been a member of the nucleargraduates programme, sponsored by Sellafield Ltd. I have spent time working on site at Sellafield Ltd, as an Intern at the IAEA and now I’m a Policy Manager at the Scottish Government.
Thomas Lyon Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012, Tom went on to support the CERN Research Centre as an FEA engineer. He has now joined the NuclearGraduates programme as a ONR sponsored trainee.
Ronan Tanguy An ambitious engineer currently working for Jacobs on projects for Sellafield Ltd, Ronan joined the nuclear sector after completing my MSc in Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London. He is currently looking to use his skills, knowledge, and fluency in French and English to help drive the industry forward.
Dominic Fenwick As a mechanical engineer at the Jacobs Engineering Group’s nuclear and defence sector, I have been working on projects managing the future of legacy waste currently stored at Sellafield. My keen interests however are thermal hydraulics and SMR technologies and sailing!
Dawn Graham I am a Graduate Process Engineer working with Jacobs where I have supported projects including detailed design of an ion exchange plant, inactive commissioning of a waste evapouration system and waste encapsulation plant. Before starting my two year training with Jacobs I studied chemical engineering at Imperial College London.
James Ward I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 with a Master's in International Development and a desire to use it in the real world. I now work in Bristol, trying to understand how cities work, and what to do when they don't.
Rob Ward Rob is a strategy, management and technical consultant for REACT, providing advice to clients including Nuclear Site License Companies on issues ranging from cyber security to spent fuel management. Rob also sits as Industry Liaison on the leadership committee of the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network (YGN).
Sam Park After completing an apprenticeship with EDF Energy, I quickly progressed into an Engineering position, where I completed a part-time BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electrical Engineering. During 2017 I was seconded to a Battery Storage Project at a CCGT site. I recently returned to Heysham 2 as a System Engineer.
Paul Gavin Commissioning engineer at URENCO UK with a strong passion and belief in the peaceful use of nuclear technology throughout the world. I started my career as an electrical apprentice at 16 and have never looked back since. My career ambition is to become a Managing Director within the nuclear industry.
Jennifer Carroll I recently obtained a Masters in Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management from the University of Birmingham, graduating top of my class and receiving the School of Physics Fremlin prize. I am currently working for Wood supporting EDF in continued operation of the UK AGR fleet.
Brahim Dif I am a final year mechanical engineering student with a year experience in the nuclear industry. I did a placement year within Sizewell B Safety Case team in the Central Technical Organisation of EDF Energy. I am keen to find a suitable graduate scheme and join the nuclear industry.
Abigail Middleton Human Factors Engineer with strong educational background in Occupational Psychology. Two and a half years into her Human Factors career, Abby meets challenges with a positive attitude and completes her work to a high standard.
Adam Towne I’m Adam Towne and this is my second year entering the Spark! Writing Contest. Graduated from the University of Manchester with an MPhys Physics and MSc Nuclear Science and Technology in 2015. I joined Atkins in 2016, becoming a part of the Warrington Shielding Team and I’m currently seconded to Magnox.
Antonia Vaya Soler Antonio Vayá Soler is a project lead nuclear engineer at Framatome. Four years in the nuclear industry had shown him that the future of this technology depends strongly on digital transformation, knowledge management and millennials retention. Graduated from Universitat Politècnica de València and Supélec, he recently completed a MBA at l’Université de la Sorbonne.
Allan Simpson Allan began working for the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory in 2016, and has since taken on a number of roles including customer relations, developing business change and research into fast reactor fuels. He’s interested in how the energy sector can balance market economics with the move to low carbon generation.
Hannah Fenwick University of Strathclyde Chemistry graduate, working for NNL in rotational management graduate scheme with experience in radiochemistry, communications and skills strategy. In my free time I like to read, teach myself to cook, indoor climbing (& outdoors when weather will allow) and trying new things and meeting new people!
Henry Preston I studied Physics at Queen Mary University of London and am now a research technologist on NNL’s technical graduate scheme. Much of my work involves analysing fuel and graphite from the UK's AGR fleet. This year’s Spark contest inspired me as I have always been interested in energy and what the future of that may look like.
Guillaume Gourlaoueme Project Manager and Commercial engineer with Framatome on life extension projects of 1300 and N4 PWRs. Deeply steeped by humanist ideas, he aims at achieving a pertinent systemic vision, mainly focused on Energy, Economy and Geostrategy. He strongly believes that nuclear energy is essential to meet the 21st century’s challenges.
Afchine Bathaie As a technical leader, I work with EDVANCE to design the reactor whose ambition is to renew the French fleet in the near future. Not denying the risks, I believe nuclear power is the most relevant answer to today’s challenges. I strive for acquiring an open-minded overview of energy issues.
Amaury Ponsâa-Royal I did my training as an energy engineer at the Galileo Institute in apprenticeship for three years in the ASSYSTEM teams. The purpose of the training was to follow several professions in order to discover the different facets of the company by accompanying several employees (business manager, BE manager, sales manager, agency manager). Subsequently, I spoke with the Director of Operations Cycle Nord in order to develop and set up an operational structure dedicated to the management of CEA Ile de France accounts.
Gauthier Marseille Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Métiers, I discovered nuclear power through project management experience at CEA Saclay. Currently working at ASSYSTEM at CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses as Engineer of Dismantling Studies, I am mainly in charge of realization and piloting of technical studies.
Najwa Zerrad Recently graduated from Arts et Métiers, I am a project engineer at Assystem. I like challenge and creativity, and I want to work on ambitious projects to build a sustainable world.
Robin Quant A graduate engineer working for the Atkins energy team with a MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and a B.Eng in Civil Engineering. A previously published author of a paper on aeroelasticity in wind turbine blades who is presently seconded to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Project in the UK.
Dan Bradshaw Dan is a Civil Engineer with two years experience in the Energy sector, working on a variety of nuclear and offshore wind projects. His main areas of interest are structural steel design and innovative renewable technologies. Outside of work Dan is a keen triathlete and skier.
Sam Arnold Sam has worked in the Nuclear Industry for 2 years as part of Atkins’ Nuclear HVAC team, completing multiple technical ventilation projects and supporting a multimillion-pound organisational change within EDF. He also represents the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities of Atkins Energy and is working to further their development.
Andrew Malcome-Neale Having completed my undergraduate in Logic & Philosophy of Science and Physics at The University of St Andrews I spent a year working in financial audit. Seeking a project with purpose led me to a Masters degree and now an experimental physics PhD studying turbulence in fusion at York/ CCFE.
Philip Bradford Philip Bradford is studying for a PhD in nuclear fusion and plasma physics at the University of York. He is particularly interested in the way energy policy and generation methods interact to affect wildlife populations in the UK. Outside of the office, Philip shares his passion for physics through digital media, talks and public events.
William Trickey Whilst studying at Manchester University I gained an interest in Nuclear and Laser physics as well as renewable energy. I decided to pursue a career in academia, which led me to the York fusion CDT programme. I hope to make career choices that have a positive impact on Earth’s climate.
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