Generation Strong: Ashley Sullivan, Nuclear Engineer IV, Perry Site Projects
May 15, 2018
Generation Strong features employees who help ensure our generating plants operate safely, reliably and cost-effectively, every day. Today we meet Ashley Sullivan, nuclear engineer IV, Site Projects, at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. If you would like someone in your organization considered for a future Generation Strong feature, send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“While only being in this position for a few months, I’ve learned that schedule and budget must be closely monitored to ensure success,” said Ashley Sullivan, nuclear engineer IV, Perry Site Projects. “However, safety is the most important aspect and must be the focus during every phase of a project.”
Ashley joined the Site Projects group last November, following her role as a nuclear engineer in Perry’s Design Engineering – Mechanical/Structural group where she had worked since beginning her career at Perry in 2011. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo.
As a project manager, Ashley provides leadership direction to ensure that projects with approved funding are completed within the approved scope, budget and schedule. Additionally, project managers make sure everyone involved is on the same page. This includes coordinating among all levels of the organization and efficiently executing time-critical and/or complex modifications and activities.
Currently, Ashley is heading up a project monitoring the rate of erosion on a bluff east of the Perry Plant. The project is using drones piloted by the FirstEnergy drone team to inspect and monitor the area, which will help determine when any action may be necessary. Additionally, she’s involved in the site’s Dry Cask Storage project as well as specialty welding activities for Perry’s next refueling outage in 2019.
One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is her involvement with Perry’s NAYGN chapter (North American Young Generation in Nuclear).
“I like to help with community outreach activities as much as I can, including coordinating our annual Adopt-a-Family campaign,” said Ashley. “When you work closely with the community, you understand first-hand the impact and importance of making sure our work on site is executed safely each and every day.”