Australian Young Generation in Nuclear is committed to ensuring all Australians continue to gain the maximum benefit from nuclear science and technology tomorrow, by engaging and supporting young Australians today.
Australian Young Generation in Nuclear aims to:
- Develop and expand a network of young nuclear professionals within Australia and around the world
- Promote the peaceful uses and benefits of nuclear science and technology
- Promote transfer of knowledge between different generations of nuclear professionals
- Promote transfer of knowledge between young nuclear professionals
- Create professional development opportunities for young Australians in the nuclear industry
- Encourage young Australians to take up a career in the nuclear industry
- Be a voice for young professionals to the rest of the nuclear industry
The 2017 AusYGN committee has nine members.
Alex is a Plant Engineer at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO). He studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and currently manages assets and capital projects for the treatment and storage of radioactive waste generated from reactor operations, research and radiopharmaceutical production. Alex has an interest in community consultation and engagement with experience in supporting the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project and South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Program.
Alex endeavours to expand and diversify AusYGN and provide a platform for networking and professional development. He also strives to showcase Australia’s research, landmark infrastructure and young professionals to the international community.
Julia is a Nuclear Mechanical project engineer who has been at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation for over two years. She entered the company as a graduate engineer in 2015. She studied at the University of Melbourne where she obtained a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) and Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Systems). Julia was originally drawn to nuclear science and technology for the unique opportunities and challenges it could offer an engineer in solving problems unlike any seen in other areas of Australian industry.
AusYGN is an organisation that fills a gap in the Australian nuclear industry. It connects young professionals around the country who share a passion for nuclear science and technology. Young students and professionals are filled with inspiration and ideas that deserve to be shared with their peers and acted upon. Julia is focussed on ensuring that the full potential of AusYGN is realised alongside her talented team members.
Julian is a Reactor Instrumentation and Control engineer at ANSTO, where he manages the OPAL reactor Control System as a member of OPAL engineering. He joined ANSTO as a graduate after gaining his degree in Engineering, with his work now focusing on the continuous improvement to reactor facility utilisation and operability.
Julian seeks to expand the AusYGN network and support AusYGN’s role as a valuable platform for networking and professional development. Through his involvement with AusYGN, Julian hopes to encourage young professional innovation in nuclear-related science and engineering.
Georgina is a Chemical Engineer who started her professional working life as a cadet at the Port Kembla Steelworks. She studied graduated from University of New South Wales in 2014 and started at ANSTO on the Graduate Program the following year. Georgina has worked in the nuclear medicine production facility at ANSTO and now works as a Process Engineer on the SyMo Project; delivering a first of a kind plant to treat waste from nuclear medicine production.
As Treasurer of AusYGN Georgina hopes to help other young people realise opportunities to engage with the nuclear industry in Australia and to increase awareness of the peaceful uses of nuclear in wider society.
Communications and Media Officer
Robert is a science communicator with almost 10 years experience in the Australian radiation protection industry. Graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BSc majoring in chemistry, Robert joined the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency as a graduate in 2008. Robert’s interests in the nuclear science and technology industry is in raising the awareness of the benefits to society from the use of radiation and nuclear science.
Robert joined the AusYGN committee in March 2017 and hopes to contribute to the development and expansion of the AusYGN to position the association to better meet the needs of its young members.
Science and Research Officer
Faizun Nesa is a PhD student of ANSTO and University of Wollongong. She started here as a student from November 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Shane Kennedy, former Technical Director, ACNS and Professor Xiaolin Wang, Assistant Director and Distinguished Professor, Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus.
She is a faculty member of the Department of Natural Science, FSIT of Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her MSc and BSc in Physics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She has completed her MSc thesis from Atomic Energy Research and Establishment (AERE), Bangladesh.
Faizun is the Science and research officer of AusYGN 2017. As the science and research officer her responsibilities are to take part in stakeholder engagement plan; encourage students’ participation in AusYGN; focus on development of nuclear science and technology; explore opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with other organisations.
Chewn is the Manager for Radiation Health & Hygiene and Statutory Radiation Safety Officer for BHP’s Olympic Dam Operation.
Lucinda is a Reactor Systems Engineer working at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as a member of the OPAL Engineering team. Providing Engineering support for the operation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the OPAL research reactor.
Lucinda is passionate about AusYGN and joined the committee as she saw it as an opportunity to bridge the gap for young people working in and interested in nuclear science and technology. By providing a platform for networking and professional development opportunities to share information and experiences with people of a common interest.
Information Systems Officer
Nick is the Operational Technology Team Leader for the OPAL Research Reactor at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Nick leads a team of OT engineers, responsible for the engineering, operation, maintenance and security of OPAL’s OT systems. He has a Bachelor of Technology from Western Sydney University, is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and is currently studying a Master of Business and Technology at the University of Technology Sydney.
Nick is passionate about facilitating AusYGN’s growth and engagement by providing systems and tools to empower the committee and the community as a whole.