Nuclear is at the heart of the nation’s clean energy future. Between 2022 and 2050, the United States is projecting to build 150 nuclear power plants, more than doubling its current 93 reactors. This exponential increase will rapidly generate an urgent need for thousands of talented young engineers to build, operate, and support the reactor fleet—and in turn, secure the nation’s leadership position on the global stage in increasing dependence on clean, safe, affordable, and sustainable energy sources.
Maria (B.S. ’86, nuclear engineering) and Michael Korsnick established this award to expand the nuclear engineering talent pipeline. They hope to incentivize students to participate in the nuclear engineering program at the University of Maryland, and ultimately fuel the nation’s efforts in establishing itself as a leader in nuclear power production and reliability.