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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 ANS is a member of the International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC).
The 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.
ANS is made up of 19 Professional Divisions, two work groups (WG) and one technical group (TG). The technical group is Young Members Group (YMG) and is for ANS members under age 36. YMG provides young professionals with opportunities to expand their technical knowledge and network with recognized authorities and the nuclear industry. 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:
- Accelerator Applications 
- Aerospace Nuclear Science & Technology 
- Biology & Medicine 
- Decommissioning & Environmental Sciences 
- Education, Training & Workforce Development 
- Fuel Cycle & Waste Management 
- Fusion Energy 
- Human Factors, Instrumentation & Controls 
- Isotopes & Radiation 
- Materials Science & Technology 
- Mathematics & Computation 
- Nuclear Criticality Safety 
- Nuclear Installations Safety 
- Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy 
- Operations & Power 
- Radiation Protection & Shielding 
- Reactor Physics 
- Robotics & Remote Systems 
- Thermal Hydraulics 
- Young Members Group (TG) 
- Computational Medical Physics (WG) 
- Nuclear Production of Hydrogen (WG) 
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, with participants from around the world. Through its professional divisions and local sections, ANS conducts separate topical meetings, covering specific subjects in-depth.
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:
- 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)
- Have no less than one year of responsible technical or scientific experience in the field of nuclear science or engineering or allied fields.
- 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
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. With these honors and awards programs, ANS recognizes the accomplishments of nuclear science and technology professionals.
ANS helps 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. 
- Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
- Guy Tavernier (fr)
- J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.
- Margaret K. Butler
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