Beating The Odds To Become First Female Chief Nuclear Officerby The Daily Eye Team May 19 2014, 11:29 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 55 secs
There are nine men for every woman in nuclear engineering. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Maria Korsnick, the first female chief nuclear officer in the U.S., about her experience as a woman in the industry. So that’s the picture in academic science, but we wanted to get a sense of whether the issues are similar in the science industries away from academia. To talk about that, we called on one of the highest-ranking women in the nuclear field. Her name is Maria Korsnick. She works for Exelon Nuclear, one of the largest power-generating companies in the U.S. She was the first woman in this country to hold the title of chief nuclear officer. I started by asking her to just explain what that title means. MARIA KORSNICK: I am responsible for five operating nuclear power plants. And as chief nuclear officer, I am the single point of contact, if you will, for the day-to-day operation of those plants as well as the strategic plans to continue having them run safely for years to come.