John Wheeler

John Wheeler
Author of "What Nuclear Waste Problem?" (April 2011)

I'm an engineer, a father, a podcaster, a triathlete, and a manager in the nuclear industry.

I started "This Week in Nuclear" because I was tired of anti-nuclear bias in the mainstream media and the misinformation being propagated by a few very vocal, well-funded anti-nuclear activists. My podcasts and blogs gives the other side of the story; one that's founded in science, facts, and real world experience.

"This Week in Nuclear" provides the unique perspective of someone who's "been there and done that." I've worked in the nuclear energy industry for more than 20 years operating reactors and power plants, training nuclear workers, and managing various groups and projects. It's a perspective you won't get anywhere else, and certainly not in the mainstream media!

Current Occupation: Senior Manager with Entergy Nuclear; Producer of the web site "This Week in Nuclear"

Past Occupations: Corporate Training Director/Manager at Entergy Nuclear; Manager, Training & Development at Entergy Nuclear ; Operations Management at FPL, NYPA, & Entergy ; Plant Operations Supervisor and Shift Manager at General Electric (KAPL), FPL, and NYPA.

Education: — US Navy Nuclear Power School ;United States Merchant Marine Academy; Purdue University

Achievements: — Led the creation and evolution of a new workforce planning strategy, business plan, and organization for the second largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the United States. The program is considered by customers, industry peers and regulators to be an industry model with innovative solutions and results.

Directed the start-up of a regional nuclear training organization that was recognized five times by independent accrediting teams for training that contributed to performance improvement.

As a nuclear plant training manager, orchestrated the integration of two technical training organizations while simultaneously recovering one with significant production-threatening deficiencies.

Specialties: — Recognized nuclear industry leader in the fields of workforce planning and workforce development. Benchmarked by other companies and frequently called upon to assist others.

Proven success starting up new organizations and turning around under-performing teams.

Engineering degree with 20+ years experience managing production, corporate support, and human resources organizations.

Lived, worked, and travelled extensively abroad. Fluent in Spanish.