Most people think of the NRC as a place filled with engineers, health physicists, and nuclear scientists. That is true, but the nature of our regulatory oversight work extends beyond the technical, and into the financial realm as well. As a measure of a licensee’s ability to safely operate, and eventually decommission, a nuclear facility, we are tasked with confirming the financial stability of those corporations and entities.
Michael Dusaniwskyj is an NRC economist conducting Financial Qualifications Safety Evaluations and Decommissioning Funding Assurance Reviews for the NRC. His high regard in the world of finance and economics has led the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to select him as a Fulbright Specialist on a project in Slovakia at the Technical University of Kosice during March 2012.
The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.
This is the second time he has received this award. His first was in 2005 at the Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University in Luhansk, Ukraine.
So last month, Michael lectured on a variety of economic, nuclear and regulatory subjects to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral candidates at both the Technical University of Kosice, but also at the Pavol Jozef Safarik University. He estimates he spoke to some 800 students during 24 sessions. He is one of some 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program.
The NRC is pleased that Michael was selected for this honor, and expects that our agency will benefit as much as his students from this valuable international exchange of ideas and skills.Victor Cusumano Technical Assistant Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation