U.S. WIN Quarterly News – April 2022

Save the Date!

Empower: Adapt, Balance, Connect. 
We are excited to be back in person for the annual U.S. WIN Conference! Hope you will join us at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA this summer.

The sponsorship prospectus is available to share with your CNO or Executive Sponsor. Send an email to request a copy: [email protected]. Also, student sponsorships will be available closer to the conference and we’ll need mentors.

More details will be posted in the coming days on the website!

Website Features

Did you know you can link your U.S. WIN directory profile to your LinkedIn profile or list past work experiences in the “Tell us about yourself” field? The website Search feature includes this field, so fellow WIN members can find you in the directory based on work experience and then use your LinkedIn profile to get in touch!

And don’t forget the Professional Development and Outreach Libraries are available resources for all chapters looking for activity ideas.

2021 Most Reactive Chapter Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign chapter for winning the 2021 U.S. WIN Most Reactive Chapter Award! This is the first student chapter to win this award. The U.S. WIN Communications Committee would like to commend them for their creativity and high membership participation in 2021 Nuclear Science Week (from 75% to 100% in various outreach activities).

In 2021, eight chapters entered submissions to the contest: DC WIN, Duke Energy, Entergy, Constellation-Kennett Square, Purdue University, Savannah River Site, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, and Westinghouse-Pittsburgh. Through their efforts, over 4000 individuals experienced various nuclear science topics via discussions, presentations, virtual platforms, and on-campus outreach booths. The events focused on reaching students of all ages. Given the number of applications and the breadth of the activities, we would also like to recognize the runner up Constellation-Kennett Square and in 3rd place Savannah River Site. Great job to everyone who participated!

The Most Reactive Chapter Contest is sponsored by the Communications Committee to celebrate the outreach efforts of U.S. WIN chapters during Nuclear Science Week. To see previous winners or to find more information about the contest, please visit the Most Reactive Chapter Contest page.

MOXY: The Voice of Women in Infrastructure

MOXY is a new online magazine dedicated to curating content to empower and inspire women to have a bigger role in STEM and trades-heavy fields that are literally re-shaping our country. Currently on the site, two inspiring U.S. Women in Nuclear member profiles:

Hannah Patenaude, Founder and President of the UNLV Student Chapter of U.S. Women in Nuclear

Sumalatha Yaski, US ITER Structural Engineer and Mom

Atomic Allies Update

The #AtomicAllies now have a dedicated page on the U.S. WIN website where you can access news from this dynamic team.

We hope you took advantage of the inspiring and educational Women’s History Month offerings, including the Women’s History in STEM & Nuclear video (click below) and the Women Making History webinar (watch our YouTube channel for webinar recording coming soon).



DEI Update

The DEI working group is developing metrics, and the new DEI library is live on our website.

Why not encourage your company to submit your useful DEI resources, event ideas, speakers, and best practices? Everyone benefits when we share information across the industry!

What’s NEXT for NEXT?

NEXT22 has their first in-person sessions in April and June. They are working on their capstone project. We will celebrate the NEXT22 graduation at the U.S. WIN conference in Richmond!

NEXT23 nominations have been reviewed and we will notify those selected for the program in  April.

NEXT23 will kickoff the week of the U.S. WIN conference.

Leading Group Call – March 2022 Highlights

A warm welcome to Kristine Darling, the new Region IV Coordinator, and many thanks to Brenda Mills and Kath Kunz, outgoing Reg IV Co-Coordinators.

Check the website soon for meeting notes.


Committee Updates

Professional Development
We’re excited to announce the Steering Committee has voted to make the Pilot Mentoring Program, a permanent annual program!

Comm Comm
Comm Comm has taken ownership of the @nukeboss_USWIN Instagram account that NEXT21 cohort created as a mentoring platform for their capstone project. We will continue to maintain this account with a target audience of our U.S. WIN members and nuclear professionals!

Metrics Committee
Thank you to all of the U.S. Chapters for submitting metrics in 2021. We are now accepting submissions for the Q1 2022 metrics for events and activities from January 2022 through March 2022. Metrics are due April 30th. If you have any questions, please reach out to your metrics representative.

Awards and Recognition Committee

U.S. WIN Chapter, Champion, & Leadership Awards in July

  • The U.S. WIN Leadership Awardee has been notified. The U.S. WIN Chapter and Champion Awards are awaiting Steering Committee approval.
  • Chapters will be notified by mid-April.
  • Please turn in your metrics on time, even if you don’t have numbers to report, and be sure to input the number of active members. Student Chapters, feel free to turn in your second quarter metrics before you leave school for the summer. We have 82 active Chapters, 25 Chapters were eligible for a Chapter Awards (the other 57 Chapters missed one or more quarters). More info to come at our July conference!

Only four recognition letters have been submitted since August 2021. Keep in mind that individual’s participation may be a consideration for approval to attend the National Conference. Please feel free to follow the template and send it to Victoria.

We are looking for new Awards and Recognition Committee members. If you are interested, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].