Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant
U.S. Nuclear RegulatoryCommission
With safety being the paramount issue at nuclear facilities, Alejandro Alen’s position as Resident Inspector at the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant in Waynesboro, GA can be seen as the single most important role at the facility. Tasked with providing independent oversight of daily plant operations to verify that the facility is being operated in strict accordance within its licensing bases and federal safety requirements, Mr. Alen must observe the operators in the control room, oversee all testing and repairs, and ensure that problems are identified and appropriately fixed. All of this requires from him a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and applications of nuclear engineering systems and demonstrated experience in reactor operation.
Mr. Alen has also been an active volunteer for many different programs within his community. As a volunteer team coach, he has taught children fundamental sport skills while emphasizing confidence achieved through accomplishment, fair play, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. Additionally, as an INROADS member, between 2005 and 2008, he served several children and adult special needs organizations in the metro Orlando, Florida area.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cuban-immigrant parents, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with high honors from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. While at UPRM, he landed a valuable internship with Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida. It was at Lockheed that he first applied his engineering skills, working as a mechanical design engineer and supporting a variety of military training, simulation, and support projects, including development and designing of a fully immersed computer-driven combat vehicle simulator used to train military soldiers in battlefield scenarios. During his last semester at UPRM, he joined a co-operative study program at Boston Scientific’s manufacturing facility in Dorado, Puerto Rico. There he supported manufacturing line engineers in troubleshooting and optimizing equipment and processes used in the manufacturing of leads that treat cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.
-By Vinnie Longobardo