By Peter Caracappa
The 2011 Young Professionals Congress (YPC 2011) is coming, and the time to register is now! YPC 2011 is an embedded topical of the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, October 30–November 3, 2011. YPC2011 is the fourth YPC, and the second to be held as an embedded topical in parallel with the ANS Winter Meeting.
The YPC is jointly organized by the Young Members Group of ANS and the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) to provide a forum for young professionals from across the nuclear industry to come together to discuss the challenges facing the next generation of nuclear professionals. Within this venue, young professionals have the opportunity to develop nontechnical professional skills, network among their peers, and explore the roles and functions of industry organizations such as ANS and NA-YGN.
The YPC has a full program beginning on the Monday afternoon of the meeting. Some of the exciting sessions planned include:
- The Hacker Within: Scientific Computing Tutorial—A special demonstration from the University of Wisconsin, which has developed a series of short courses to provide time-efficient introductions to essential programming languages and tools without trying to turn engineers into computer scientists.
- The Front of the Room—Tools, techniques, and strategies for effective presentations.
- The Power of Storytelling—A creative session on knowledge transfer, focusing on an introduction to critical listening and critical question asking skills.
- Challenges Facing the Young Generation in Nuclear—An interactive session that will build upon the outcomes of each previous YPC to develop a detailed list of recommendations and actions to better meet the needs of young nuclear science and technology professionals and their employers. Session participants will develop recommendations through small-group, moderator-led discussions.
- …and more!
Registration for the YPC is part of the registration for the ANS Winter meeting. Meeting registration is discounted for ANS members who have not yet reached the age of 36, or are less than five years into their career after graduation. Online registration, as well as full program information, can be found at the ANS website.
Peter Caracappa is a clinical assistant professor and radiation safety officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York State. He was a founding executive committee member of the Young Members Group and currently serves as its chair. He is a contributor to the ANS Nuclear Cafe.