American Nuclear Society-Student Section

At Excelsior College

The objective of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Section is to promote the advancement of science and engineering relating to nuclear and allied sciences and arts through affiliation with an international organization of nuclear scientists and engineers. Excelsior is the only distance learning institution to host an American Nuclear Society Student Section.

A focus of the ANS Student Section is to increase public awareness of the benefits of nuclear technology and its place in our future. Our Student Section also promotes attendance at national conferences to bring together students from around the country to foster interaction and present information on the latest technology in the field.

We hold virtual meetings quarterly. Log in from home and participate in expert-led chats on topics related to nuclear education, job opportunities, and industry issues. Please see the for our meeting dates. You must be a member of our Student Section to take part.

ANS Student Section officers.

American Nuclear Society

Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society

Excelsior also hosts a chapter of the Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society, an affiliate honor society of the ANS. Membership in Alpha Nu Sigma recognizes the high scholarship, integrity, and potential achievement in the applied nuclear science and nuclear engineering of those outstanding student members of the American Nuclear Society who are inducted into the Society. Members of the honor society are selected from juniors and seniors in the top 40 percent of their class.

Every year students in the Excelsior College BS-Nuclear Engineering Technology degree program are inducted into the College's chapter of the Alpha Nu Sigma nuclear honor society in a ceremony held in Albany during commencement.. We are very proud of these students, whose academic excellence inspires us all to achieve our educational goals.

ANS Webinar

Careers in the Nuclear Industry

View our recent webinar on Careers in the Nuclear Industry presented by Dr. Raymond Dean (July 29, 2015).

View the Webinar


Dr. Dean has been involved in the nuclear industry for 33 years. During that time he has held leadership positions in maintenance, engineering, nuclear oversight, and training. He holds a Senior Reactor Operator Certificate and Station Nuclear Engineer Certificate. Dr. Dean's academic credentials include a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University, an MBA from Le Moyne College, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution.

In addition to Dr. Dean's adjunct professor role at Excelsior College, he has served as an adjunct at other colleges and universities.

More Information

If you are a student interested in becoming a member of the Excelsior College American Nuclear Society Student Section, email us at

For information about the computer hardware and software requirements for participating in our meetings, please review the requirements outlined on our Help page.