Longest-Tenured Lady SRO at Vogtle
Amy Marshall standing inside a control room, leaning against a desk.
Amy Marshall is the longest-tenured female SRO in the nuclear fleet.

In March 2010, I earned an Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) license at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant. Fourteen years later, I am now the longest-tenured female SRO in the history of Southern Nuclear. According to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as of January 2024, our country boasts 2,118 SRO license holders and 1,511 Reactor Operator license holders — a total of 3,629 licensed operators.

This SRO license represents the rigorous training, exhaustive knowledge and unwavering commitment required to ensure the safe and efficient operation of nuclear reactors. I feel proud to have maintained this prestigious license continuously, navigating the challenges of a demanding field. Working in the nuclear industry means constantly updating and testing our knowledge and skill base and complying with the latest safety protocols.

Since earning an SRO license, I’ve experienced the joys of motherhood, with the birth of my two children, who are now 12 and 10 years old. My children have grown up with an understanding of the importance of commitment and the power of resilience through watching their mother contribute to the energy backbone of our nation. The support of my husband, mentors, friends and colleagues has made it possible for me to balance motherhood with a demanding career.

As my children grew, so did my experience and expertise. I have navigated emergency simulations, contributed to the upskilling of junior operators and played a part in ensuring that our nuclear facility operates with the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

My career represents more than personal achievement — it serves as a testament to persistence, my passion for the nuclear energy industry and the culture of inclusion at Southern Nuclear, where I have been employed for more than twenty years.

And my accomplishments do not only show promise for my future but also for the future of all women who work or aspire to work in science and engineering disciplines. I feel proud to pave the way for more women to take on various roles in nuclear power operations.

As I look to the future, my hope is to continue to serve as both a leader and a mentor, fostering the growth of nuclear talent. The horizon is bright for those who dare to achieve, and I stand ready to support and guide the next wave of professionals who will maintain the heartbeat of our industry. May my story serve as just one of many that will illuminate the path for the nuclear-power pioneers of tomorrow.

Here is a video of me describing how relationships have contributed to my success in the nuclear industry while at Southern Company. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxG94eWPj1I&feature=youtu.be