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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Nuclear Excellence Awards

Do you know an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to excellence in the operation of nuclear power plants? Is there a nuclear professional who stands out to you due to their exceptional performance?

Then perhaps you might consider nominating them for a WANO Nuclear Excellence Award.

What are the Nuclear Excellence Awards?

The WANO Governing Board established the WANO Nuclear Excellence Award on 2 July 2002 in honour of Dr Zack T. Pate and in recognition of his leadership in promoting excellence in the worldwide nuclear industry. The intent is that individuals at any level within a WANO member organisation are eligible for the award.


Any individual whose work contributes to or supports the successful operation of nuclear power plants operated by any WANO member(s) is eligible for the award. This could include contributions to any part of the infrastructure that supports the nuclear power enterprise. It could also include contributions through WANO. Exceptions include the following:

• Past and current WANO chairmen and presidents are not eligible.

• Current WANO Governing Board members are not eligible, but they are eligible after leaving the governing board.

• WANO directors are not eligible until two years after leaving the director position, after which they are eligible for consideration based on their ongoing contribution to the successful operation of nuclear power plants operated by WANO members.

NOTE: Past and current Regional Governing Board members ARE eligible, but regional governors who presently sit on the WANO Governing Board are NOT.