Member Spotlight: Grace Stanke

  • Education/Certifications:

Currently going into senior year pursuing a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Employment:

Miss Wisconsin 2022! Formerly I was a co-op at Constellation.

  • Why did you choose the nuclear field or how did you end up in the nuclear field?

I wish I had an inspirational story, but what it really was is it started out as nuclear engineering just sounded really cool. When I was applying to colleges, UW-Madison had a nuclear program so I thought hey, why not apply and see what it’s like. While that’s what started me out in the field, what really ignited my passion for nuclear was when I realized nuclear exists all around us. I was able to work in a lab hands-on, which then lead to my co-op with Constellation. My experience in the field has taught me how important nuclear energy is, and how necessary it is for our society.

  • What advice do you have for women in the nuclear field?

Always stay strong and stand up for yourself. It’s also okay to have multiple aspects in your life – nuclear can be one of them! Multiple aspects are what make a good engineer.

  • What do you think is the most important benefit of nuclear science, technology, or energy and why?

The ability to change lives. Not just on a daily basis of creating power, or curing cancer, but changing society as a whole. Without energy and technology, we would not be where we are today. Nuclear science is at the core of almost every other science, so it’s time society embraces that and lets nuclear science be explored properly, with the corresponding funding.

  • Is there something about your job that most people are surprised to hear?

Miss Wisconsin 2022 is a full-time paid job – I go on to compete for Miss America, which is actually a salaried job! It’s an exciting position to be an advocate for nuclear energy.