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American Nuclear Society Young Members Group. Presentation to the ANS Board of Directors Peter F. Caracappa November 10, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV. Young Member Group Mission.

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American nuclear society young members group
American Nuclear SocietyYoung Members Group

Presentation to the

ANS Board of Directors

Peter F. Caracappa

November 10, 2010 – Las Vegas, NV

Young member group mission
Young Member Group Mission

  • The Young Members Group works to encourage and enable all young professional members to be actively involved in the efforts and endeavors of the Society at all levels by:

    • sponsoring non-technical workshops and meetings

    • collaborating with other Divisions and Groups in developing technical and non-technical content for topical and national meetings

    • encouraging its members to participate in the activities of the Groups and Divisions that are closely related to their professional interests as well as in their local sections

    • introducing young members to the rules and governance structure of the Society

    • nominating young professionals for awards and leadership opportunities available to members.

Ymg leadership 2010 2011
YMG Leadership (2010-2011)

* Chair: Peter F. Caracappa

* Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jennifer Varnadoe

Secretary: Tyler Schweitzer

Treasurer: Jesse Klingensmith

Past Chair: George A. Tsakanikas

Ex Officio: Michaele Brady Raap

Board Liaison: Kazuaki Matsui

* Must be under the age of thirty-six (36) (or within five (5) years of graduation from an accredited educational institution), and cannot be a student member.

Ymg division liaisons
YMG Division Liaisons

  • Serve as point of contact between Professional Division (PD) or Technical Group (TG) and YMG

  • Identify potential collaborations between PD/TG and YMG

  • Expected duties include:

    • Attending YMG Executive Committee meetings at the ANS National Meetings

    • Participating in email discussions on the executive committee list serv

    • Providing a report on the activities of the YMG to PD/TG at each ANS National Meeting

    • Working with PD/TG governance to identify potential areas of collaboration with YMG

    • Notifying YMG of opportunities for collaboration with PD/TG, such as:

      • Jointly organized sessions or workshops

      • Involving young members in program or meeting planning for PD/TG sponsored activities

      • Involving young members in the governance of the PD/TG

    • Serving as coordinator for joint programs and activities between the PD/TG and YMG

      • Facilitating communication between contributors to those programs

      • Providing updates to the PD/TG on progress toward the objectives of the joint program or activity

Division planning
Division Planning

  • Strategic Plan

    • 4-year plan approved in 2008

      • Preparing for renewal this year

    • Succession plan included in Strategic Plan

      • Active through this year - nominating committee tasked with considering succession plan for two additional years

    • Focus on 3 main goals:

      • Encourage Students to Remain Members Following Graduation

      • Increase Young Member Involvement in All Areas of the Society

      • Support Society Meetings through YMG Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Sessions

  • Rules and Bylaws

    • Fully endorsed by BRC


  • Newsletter

    • 2 Issues Annually, Distributed by Email prior to annual meeting

  • YMG Website

    • Implementing plan to provide more frequent short website updates in place of static newsletter

  • Reviewing Recruiting Program Targeted to Graduating Students

Contributions to ans and ans membership
Contributions to ANS and ANS Membership

  • Embedded topical: Young Professionals’ Congress

    • Very successful meeting in 2009

    • Smaller event planned for 2011, as bridge to shifting YPC to odd-year summer meeting

  • StandardsAssociate Membership Program

    • Increases young member involvement with ANS standards

    • Seeking better avenues for promotion

  • Working relationships with other professional organizations

    • North American Young Generation in Nuclear

      • Co-sponsors of Young Professionals Congress

    • International Youth Nuclear Congress

      • Supported IYNC2010 as a Class IV meeting

      • Seeking ways to help with US-based IYNC2012

National meeting participation
National Meeting Participation

  • 2009 Winter Meeting

    • Young Professionals Congress as embedded topical including 18 sponsored and co-sponsored sessions

    • Co-sponsored 2 additional sessions in meeting proper

  • 2010 Winter Meeting

    • Co-Sponsoring 1 session

  • 2011 Annual Meeting

    • Sponsoring 3 sessions


  • Metrics - looking good

  • Areas of Success

    • Strong Young Professionals Congress Program

    • Relationship with NA-YGN and IYNC

    • Solid year-to-year membership growth

    • Bylaws and rules fully approved and endorsed

  • Focus for Future Action

    • Re-invigorate national meeting program (outside of YPC)

    • Improve website for use as a more timely communications tool

    • Evaluate and improve membership growth programs

    • Expand collaboration with NA-YGN and participation in the activities of IYNC