Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Announces Founding Members, Executive Director, Launches New Website To Promote Virginia’s Nuclear Industry

The Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC), the newly-formed organization founded to promote Virginia’s important nuclear industry, today announced its leadership team and unveiled its Web site, www.virginianuclear.org. Long-time industry veteran Marshall Cohen will serve as Executive Director while Ali Haghighat, professor of nuclear engineering, Virginia Tech, will serve as Chairman of the Board.

Virginia Tech
The Nuclear Engineering Program (NEP) at Virginia Tech was reestablished in 2007. Between 2007 and 2013, NEP awarded over thirty...
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is Virginia's premier public, urban research university. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 13 Schools and One college. The VCU Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. VCU is proud to have a diverse student population that includes traditionally underrepresented minorities and a higher than average female student population. VCU also has a higher than average percentage of non-traditional students, and a high number of transfer students from area community colleges seeking to expand associate degrees into bachelors and even master and PhD degrees. VCU initiated new graduate and undergraduate programs in nuclear engineering in 2007 in direct response to the growing demand for nuclear engineers in the nuclear power industry, national laboratories and the federal government. VCU is currently the only university in Virginia to offer a full suite of graduate and undergraduate degrees in nuclear engineering, including an ABET accredited BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Major Concentration in Nuclear Engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.