At the age of 17, Samantha (Milosh) Baldwin never would have believed someone if they told her that by age 26 she’d have a license to operate a nuclear power plant. When Samantha arrived at Saint Francis University in 2004 (recruited to play golf), she knew she wanted to pursue a technical degree because she always enjoyed science and math. Dr. Ed Zovinka played a huge role in helping and guiding her to choose Chemistry as a major.
During the summer before her senior year at SFU, Samantha did an internship at the First Energy Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, PA. This is when she realized that nuclear power would be her career path. Shortly after graduation, she accepted a full-time position as a nuclear chemistry specialist at the Beaver Valley Power Station. In 2010, she enrolled in the two-year initial license program for Beaver Valley Unit 1. After she received her Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) License, she was licensed to operate, control and monitor a commercial nuclear reactor. SROs are ultimately responsible for the protection of the health and safety of the public. Since obtaining her SRO license, she has performed the duties of the Control Room Supervisor, Field Supervisor, Operations Support Supervisor, and is currently the only female Shift Manager at Beaver Valley.
Looking back on her SFU experience, Samantha has fond memories of studying with other Chemistry students in the ROCK Room, participating in the NCAA Regional tournament twice with the Women’s Golf Team, and being a part of the New Student Orientation Program. Samantha’s advice to incoming freshmen is “ Keep your options open and utilize your resources within SFU because there are more than you realize between the faculty, staff, and alumni organization. “ She adds “My experience at SFU provided me with the tools to be successful in a career I didn’t even know existed at age 17. “
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