The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has selected a Bechtel nuclear engineer as the 2020 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship. Patrick Snouffer will begin his one-year fellowship in January 2021 with ANS, a professional organization dedicated to the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology. The congressional fellowship aims to enhance nuclear public policy.
“The United States is approaching a crucial time with regard to technologies that will provide cleaner electricity for the rest of this century and the next,” said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security, and Environmental global business unit. “Public policy is best when it has a foundation in science and technology. Likewise, science benefits from understanding legislative policymaking. We’re proud of Patrick’s selection for this fellowship.”
Snouffer joined Bechtel in 2015. He has worked on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Treatment Plant, advanced reactor development, and the DOE Versatile Test Reactor Project. Snouffer obtained his Professional Engineering license in Nuclear Engineering in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.
“I am interested in seeing our industry grow and play a major role in fighting climate change,” Snouffer said. “That ultimately means building new reactors at a meaningful scale that can be economically competitive. I see the fellowship as an opportunity to learn firsthand about the policy and funding process.”
Along with providing Congress with expertise in nuclear science and technology, Snouffer will support other issues of importance. He will be part of a cohort of 30 Fellows on Capitol Hill from other scientific and engineering technical societies, such as ANS. The Congressional Fellowship program is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).