American Nuclear Society

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The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is an international, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific and educational organization with a membership of approximately 11,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students, and other associate members. Approximately 900 members live outside the United States in 45 countries. There are 51 U.S. and nine non-U.S. local sections, 24 nuclear plant branches and 34 student sections. ANS members represent more than 1,750 corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies.


The American Nuclear Society was founded on December 11, 1954. ANS has been a leader in the development of nuclear consensus standards since 1958. The main objective of ANS is to promote the advancement of science and engineering relating to the atomic nucleus. Other purposes are to integrate the many nuclear science and technology disciplines, encourage research, establish scholarships, disseminate information through publications and journals, inform the public about nuclear-related activities, hold meetings devoted to scientific and technical papers, and cooperate with government agencies, educational institutions, and other organizations having similar purposes. In 1955 Walter Zinn was elected as the first president of the ANS.[1]


The Society publishes the magazines Nuclear News and Radwaste Solutions and three technical journals: Nuclear Science and Engineering, Nuclear Technology and Fusion Science and Technology. The ANS holds an annual meeting in June and a winter meeting in November, both attracting participants from around the world. Through its professional divisions and local sections, ANS conducts separate topical meetings, covering specific subjects in-depth.


ANS is made up of 19 Professional Divisions, two work groups (WG) and one technical group (TG). The technical group is Young Members Group and is for ANS members under age 36. Young Members Group provides young professionals with opportunities to expand their technical knowledge and network with internationally recognized authorities and industry leaders. It also nominates young professionals for awards and leadership opportunities. The ANS Young Members Group lends its support to the Nuclear Energy Institute trade association-sponsored the North American Young Generation in Nuclear 501(c)(6) on outreach projects.

The 19 Professional Divisions and groups are as follows:

  1. Accelerator Applications
  2. Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology
  3. Biology & Medicine
  4. Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences
  5. Education, Training & Workforce Development
  6. Fuel Cycle & Waste Management
  7. Fusion Energy
  8. Human Factors, Instrumentation & Controls
  9. Isotopes & Radiation
  10. Materials Science & Technology
  11. Mathematics & Computation
  12. Nuclear Criticality Safety
  13. Nuclear Installations Safety
  14. Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy
  15. Operations & Power
  16. Radiation Protection & Shielding
  17. Reactor Physics
  18. Robotics & Remote Systems
  19. Thermal Hydraulics
  20. Young Members Group (TG)
  21. Computational Medical Physics (WG)
  22. Nuclear Production of Hydrogen (WG)


To be eligible for professional membership a person must be engaged in activities in one or more of the fields of nuclear science and engineering or allied fields and shall meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Hold an academic or associates degree from a recognized institution in the field of nuclear science or engineering or allied fields (or equivalent as approved by the Membership Committee)
  2. Have not less than one year of responsible technical or scientific experience in the field of nuclear science or engineering or allied fields.
  3. Have a recognized record of attainment or leadership in some science, profession, or branch of industry relevant to nuclear science and technology.

To be eligible for student membership, a person must be regularly enrolled and pursuing an approved scientific or engineering curriculum in a school having, or eligible to have, a Student Section of the Society, or in the Naval Nuclear Power School, or in a similar institution approved by the Board of Directors.

Honors and Awards[edit]

ANS believes that a well-recognized honors and awards program is a key attribute of any highly respected technical/professional society. Currently with more than 35 prestigious awards, the American Nuclear Society has a vigorous program to honor outstanding achievement and meritorious service in the various fields served by our Society. Through our honors and awards program, ANS is proud to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of nuclear science and technology professionals.


The American Nuclear Society (ANS) plays an important role in helping students complete their post-high school education and prepare for careers in nuclear science and technology (NS&T). Among the programs available is the long list of ANS Scholarships for those looking for funding opportunities. More than 20 scholarships named after pioneers and leaders in NS&T and other general scholarships are awarded each year to students with outstanding academic credentials. Special scholarships are available to students who have significant economic needs in order to pursue degrees in NS&T. In addition to the scholarships for students entering their sophomore year and higher in college, ANS also provides scholarships to incoming freshmen.

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  1. ^ "A Brief History of the American Nuclear Society". American Nuclear Society. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 

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