Beaver Valley Hosts Students from W&J College

Maninder Singh, nuclear engineer, explains the functions of the Unit 1 Turbine.

January 29, 2019

Students were invited to try their hand at the controls in the Unit 1 Simulator.

The Beaver Valley chapter of NAYGN (North American Young Generation in Nuclear) hosted a group of students from Washington and Jefferson College (W&J) last week.

The students had the opportunity to visit the Unit 1 Turbine deck, learn about Dry Cask storage and spend time in the Control Room Simulator. While FENOC sites frequently host students throughout the year, this visit was unique, in that most of the students touring were business majors.

“While nuclear plants are obviously very technical and scientifically advanced, the nuclear generation industry – and the power generation industry as a whole – is very complex economically,” said Dr. Cory Christenson, assistant professor of physics, who accompanied the group. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about the business dynamics of a significant, scientific sector of our regional economy.”

While the majority of students were business majors, students majoring in chemistry, bio-chemistry and physics also participated in the tour.

W&J is a private liberal arts and sciences college located in Washington, PA., south of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1781, it is one of the oldest colleges in the U.S.