North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumnus Returns to Speak About Nuclear Power

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Blake Young ’04 recently spoke to Professor Paul Brandt’s chemistry class about nuclear power. “I reviewed the complete operation of both boiling water and pressurized water nuclear reactors and showed the students the interesting nature of diagnosing nuclear fuel leaks with chemistry,” said Young, who has been working for Exelon Nuclear for the past six years. “Fuel leaks happen and the science of the diagnosis is very interesting.” In his current position as environmental chemist, Young is responsible for the Quad Cities station’s chemical control program, HAZMAT program and hazardous waste program, which must comply with state and federal regulations. Young was hired as a chemistry technician by Exelon Nuclear after graduating from North Central and later was promoted to effluents chemist responsible for monitoring the station’s gaseous and liquid effluents. “North Central gave me the ability to gauge, evaluate and solve complex problems solely based on the curriculum that was presented to me during my four years in College.”