The 2013 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education took place on February 3–6 in Jacksonville, Florida. More than 300 participants and 26 exhibitors contributed to make this conference a success. Trainers and educators from industry and higher education covered a range of topics, from operator fundamentals to leadership strategies in the nuclear industry.
Co-chairs Jane LeClair and Patrick Berry joined General Chair Audeen Fentiman and guest speaker Admiral (Ret.) Robert F. Willard, president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, to open the plenary session. Numerous speakers, including ANS president-elect and Excel Services president and CEO Donald Hoffman, discussed the purpose of the CONTE 2013 conference and the unique opportunity the conference represented to bridge the gap between industry and education. CONTE 2013 featured many examples of the use of advanced simulation software, the role of leadership and mentoring in the nuclear industry, as well as the focus on quality, efficiency, and safety in the post-Fukushima nuclear era.
Of special note are sessions that will be offered in a Best of CONTE 2013 session under the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division at the 2013 ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, to be held in Washington DC, November 10–14, 2013. The Best of CONTE session topics include nuclear uniform curriculum, holding the line on the SAT, leadership development, and personnel training.
CONTE is one of the primary avenues through which knowledge is shared with trainers and educators and throughout the industry. LeClair and Berry announced that the next CONTE conference will be held on February 2–5, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 2013 CONTE Proceedings are available now at the ANS Store.
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