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Nuclear industry veteran to discuss nuclear sustainability during presentation at Lycoming College

Nuclear industry veteran to discuss nuclear sustainability during presentation at Lycoming College

Timothy S. Rausch

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Timothy S. Rausch, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Talen Energy, will discuss nuclear sustainability during a presentation a Lycoming College on April 11 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets, is free and open to the public.

Rausch will discuss the integral role nuclear energy plays in providing the clean and reliable energy needed for a sustainable economy. He will outline initiatives in various states to promote cleaner air and will examine nuclear energy as part of the energy mix with other fuel sources.

Responsible for Talen Energy’s 2,600 megawatt Susquehanna nuclear power plant, Rausch joined the staff in 2009 after 25 years of experience in virtually all the disciplines of the industry. He began his nuclear career with GPU Nuclear Corp. as an operator training instructor at the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey. After moving to FirstEnergy’s Perry nuclear plant in Ohio, he served in leadership positions in operations, maintenance, engineering, training, quality and refueling outages before being named plant general manager in 2002. In 2004, he accepted a position with Exelon Nuclear Corp., where he served as design engineering director, engineering director for the Exelon fleet, and site vice president of the Oyster Creek plant.

A native of Ohio, Rausch earned a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s in business administration from Cleveland State University. Rausch is actively engaged in nuclear industry organizations and holds leadership positions with the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute. He serves as Chairman of EPRI’s Nuclear Power Council, an international advisory committee for nuclear power research. He also serves as Chairman of the Utilities Service Alliance board of directors. He is a member of the Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board and the Greater Lehigh Valley (Pa.) United Way Board.

The presentation is part of the College’s semester-long colloquium on “Our Energy Future” and is sponsored by the Center for Energy and the Future, which will begin full operations later this year.

Lycoming College’s Center for Energy and the Future (CEF) brings the College’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of the complex and interconnected questions surrounding our energy future. CEF engages students, faculty, researchers, business and political leaders, and the general public in an ongoing and fair-minded conversation about energy systems of all types and their impacts at a local, national and global level.