The STEM program provides an opportunity for veterans completing their engineering degrees to have a guaranteed job with one of the consortium companies.

USEC-WSI-PhotoTwo participants in America’s Veterans to Tennessee Engineers Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program have joined the team at USEC. The STEM program provides an opportunity for veterans completing their engineering degrees to have a guaranteed job with one of the consortium companies. This program is made possible by regional businesses, government and education leaders working together to support our veterans.

USEC, a global energy company, is a leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. USEC employees in Oak Ridge are involved in the design, development, manufacturing and testing of centrifuge machines used in uranium enrichment.

William L. Collins, an 11-year veteran of the US Navy, is currently attending the University of Tennessee and will complete his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering by summer 2012. Prior to joining USEC he served as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate First Class onboard the Fast Attack submarine USS Chicago, on board the Trident submarine USS Henry M. Jackson and in Radiation Heath at Trident Refit Facility in Kings Bay, GA.

At USEC, Collins is helping to support the American Centrifuge’s lower assembly by validating technical analysis through functional testing, quantifying and qualifying materials for long-term use. He also provides feedback on radiological control practices based on his Navy experience. As he continues to integrate into the program his role will grow into the development of test hardware and design of key components for the centrifuge.

Stephen Barber, a six-year veteran of the US Navy, is currently attending the University of Tennessee and will complete his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering by spring 2013. Prior to joining USEC he spent six years stationed in Pearl Harbor performing direct support for Pacific Fleet Submarines. He was also deployed on five different platforms for various missions and completed installations and certifications.

At USEC, he works as an advanced technician in the Engineering, Reliability and Design Department. His day-to-day activities involve working with the Electrical Instrumentation and Controls Division.

“The America’s Veterans to Tennessee Engineers Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program is truly a win-win program. Companies like USEC gain access to outstanding security cleared individuals who have served our country well and the individuals have the opportunity to work on important activities in an environment that can support their schooling goals,” said Bob Eby, USEC Director, Technology and Process Engineering. “The ultimate benefit is when the individual completes their degree and can have long term career growth opportunities in an environment where they are already known contributors.”

Click here for more information about the STEM program.

Source: Courtney Henry | WSI-Oak Ridge
Photo: USEC | WSI-Oak Ridge