GEH engineers awarded for excellence in innovation

The commercial nuclear industry has evolved tremendously in the past 60 years and GEH has always been an important player in designing and building for the future of nuclear energy.

Today, nuclear power supplies over 56 percent of clean energy in the U.S. and 30 percent of clean energy worldwide. We are leveraging our expertise to continue innovating for the future, while optimizing plant operations in the present day. We not only pride ourselves on providing the best-in-class fuels and services for our customers, but also lead the charge to reshape our industry with advanced fuels and disruptive carbon-free reactor technology.

For National Engineers Week, we’re celebrating GEH’s dedicated and passionate engineers.  These three emerging engineers use their creativity, innovation and diverse backgrounds to help our customers operate their plants safely and efficiently. 

 

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Steven Brown

Today Steven Brown is a Lead Seismic Analysis Engineer, but if you asked him what his title was a couple months ago he would tell you something completely different. Over the past few years, Steven has had the opportunity to take on diverse assignments to support our team and customers. Whether he was working in manufacturing, criticality safety, ceramic fuels or structural engineering, his time at GEH demonstrates his ability to adapt quickly and apply his vast technical expertise to any team, project or customer.

Currently, Steven is working on hypothetical impact and fire evaluations that measure the safety and efficiency of GEH’s fuel shipments to customer sites. The task is beyond the scope of a seismic engineer, but the opportunity to tackle in new projects is where Steven excels. For example, Steven recently finished a project working on a first-of-a-kind hardware design for a team in Japan. As a first-time designer, Steven was hesitant about the project, but his ability to get up to speed quickly earned him a patent and a successful product for the end customer.

Steven’s courage to embrace new assignments is fueled by being surrounded by incredible teammates. He finds his most rewarding moments when resolving challenges in brainstorming sessions with his fellow engineers. Steven thrives on problem solving and working with new teams to gain innovative perspectives.

GEH’s new product offerings make Steven excited about the breadth of assignments yet to come. He’s particularly encouraged with the VTR project and GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor. Steven finds purpose knowing these technologies will make a difference for the future of nuclear energy. 

Steven has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Steven is also an alumni of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). In his free time, you can find Steven freediving 60 feet down to abandon shipwrecks or paddle boarding in Wrightsville Beach.Keep up with Steven on LinkedIn.

 

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Morgan Byerly

Every plant operates differently – from the size of the plant to the power levels to the parameters based on the region – and for Bundle and Core Designer, Morgan Byerly, understanding how all these pieces fit together is when the fun really begins.

Since Morgan started with GEH in 2014, she knew she had a passion to help and educate our customers. Working in bundle core design was just what she needed to satisfy her hunger to acquire new knowledge and craft innovative ways to keep our customers happy throughout their fuel cycle journey.

Morgan’s tenacity and thirst for problem solving led her to design the first reload quantity for GNF3. The project was rewarding for Morgan, as she saw her design come to life and appreciated the 10+ years of development work already completed by the Global Nuclear Fuels (GNF) team.

Whether it’s working tirelessly to map the plants’ historical operation, adapting to customers important changing needs, or co-innovating with peers on fuel bundle design, Morgan embraces each project as a chance to build up her repository of fuel knowledge. Her relentless commitment to our customers’ success makes her an asset to educate generations to come in fuel efficiency. 

Morgan has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Florida and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. She is also an alumni of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). 

In her free time, you can find Morgan at her aerial silk studio, where she takes her years of gymnastics experience to a new level by learning new climbs on fabric in mid-air. Keep up with Morgan on LinkedIn

 

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Tim Clark

Tim’s dedication to his engineering craft withstands the test of time – just ask his Mom, who as a graduation present, gave Tim a framed classwork assignment from the 1st grade on which he wrote, “When I grow up, I want to be an engineer.” 

As a Wilmington, N.C. native, working for GEH was always on Tim’s radar. He knew his love to build with his own two hands would be a requirement for his future career. When the opportunity arose to work at GEH designing robots as a Lead Engineer for Inspection and Decommissioning, Tim knew his calling had been answered.

Today, Tim is the brains behinds the motion controllers attached to the robots that inspect internal reactor components during outages. Through a graphical user interface, Tim programs the controllers to make the robots perform automated exams with specific instructions such as inspecting parts of the jet pump or the access hole covers. Ensuring the controllers are programmed correctly for inspection is Tim’s biggest challenge, but he says configuring the wiring is the kind of problem solving he has a knack for.

While working in Inspection and Decommissioning, Tim has developed several different types of motion controllers. The technology reduced training time and replacement costs for customers. 

Tim looks forward to taking on challenging projects that require him to think outside of the box and solve for evolving customer demands. He aspires to soon have a team of his own experts that can lead the future of robotics for our customer.

Tim has a B.S. in Materials Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Tim was also an alumni of the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). In his free time, Tim enjoys flying his glider plane out of Winston-Salem and sailing at Wrightsville Beach. Keep up with Tim on LinkedIn.

Books Our Engineers are Reading
 
  • “High Performance Habits” by Brendon Burchard explores six deliberate habits that help you achieve long-term success regardless of age, career, strengths or personality. 
  • “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan tells a true story of young women during World War II who worked in a secret city dedicated to making fuel for the first atomic bomb.
  • “Rigid Body Dynamics for Beginners, Euler angles and Quaternions” by Phil Kim looks at the basics of rigid body dynamics and practical examples of Euler angles, quaternions and direction cosines.