Nichole Ellis is a 30-something owner of an LLC that performs nuclear criticality safety computations from a home office. We spoke about the nuclear industry as a career choice.
I met Nichole Ellis last fall when she was the leader of a well run conference for young nuclear professionals. As a 30-something engineer who started her nuclear career in the early 1990s, she is something of a rarity – when she entered the field there were not too many people in the US choosing to major in nuclear engineering and planning to make a career in the field.
We spoke about the kinds of people she has worked with over the years, how she became a qualified nuclear criticality safety engineer, how she has made career choices to allow her to balance work and family responsibilities, and how her particular branch of the nuclear profession works to mentor and train its up and coming members.
One of the reasons that I am so excited by the prospects for new growth in the industry is that there are people like Nichole who are ready, willing and able to take on the responsibilities that the technology demands.