Kristine Svinicki

The 2012 CNTA Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet

CNTA's 21st Annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet was celebrated on December 3 at the University of South Carolina at Aiken's Convocation Center, University Parkway, Aiken SC. Please click on the link below for a photo gallery from the event.

      2012 Photo Gallery

Our Guest Speaker this year was The Hon. Kristine L. Svinicki, Commissioner for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). She was sworn in for a second term as NRC Commissioner on June 29, 2012, to a term ending on June 30, 2017. Her first term was from March 28, 2008, to June 30, 2012.

Ms. Svinicki has a distinguished career as a nuclear engineer and policy advisor, working at the state and federal levels of government, and in both the legislative and executive branches. Before joining the NRC, Ms. Svinicki spent over a decade as a staff member in the United States Senate advancing a wide range of policies and initiatives related to national security, science and technology, and energy and the environment. She also served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee for the Committee's former Chairman, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., and, subsequently, for the Committee's ranking Republican member, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. There, Ms. Svinicki was responsible for the Committee's portfolio of defense science and technology programs and policies, and for the atomic energy defense activities of the U.S. Department of Energy, including nuclear weapons, nuclear security, and environmental programs.

Previously, Ms. Svinicki worked as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Department of Energy's Washington, D.C. Offices of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology, and of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, as well as its Idaho Operations Office, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Before that, she was an energy engineer with the State of Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in Madison, Wisconsin.

Born and raised in Michigan, Ms. Svinicki earned a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1988. She is a longstanding member of the American Nuclear Society, where she served two terms on the ANS Special Committee on Nuclear Nonproliferation. In 2006, the Society honored her with its Presidential Citation in recognition of her contributions to the nuclear energy, science, and technology policies of the United States. She has served as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Task Force on Global Nuclear Materials Management, and as an Expert Advisory Panel Member to the NRC on assessing the future of regulatory research needs. She was selected as a Stennis Congressional Fellow of the 108th Congress, as a Brookings Institution Legis Congressional Fellow in 1997, and as the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award recipient for Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in 2009.

Other highlights of the Teller Lecture and Dinner will include the presentation of the 2012 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award and the 2012 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our many sponsors, our CNTA membership, and supporters of the 2012 lecture.

EVENT DATE: December 3, 2012

USCA Convocation Center, University Parkway, Aiken SC

Speaker's Reception and Open Reception - 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Banquet/Lecture - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $50.00/person
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Current Benefactor members of CNTA are entitled to one banquet ticket and one Speaker's Reception ticket. Benefactor members may purchase an additional guest banquet ticket and a Speaker's Reception ticket ($15). All other members and non-members may purchase banquet tickets and take advantage of the cash-bar Open Reception.

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