Sames represents Texas A&M on Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation

Aggie William Sames (right) represented Texas A&M this summer at the Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation in Washington, D.C.William Sames, a senior nuclear engineering major, represented Texas A&M and the State of Texas at the 2010 Washington Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD).Every summer the delegation travels to Washington, D.C., to discuss the issues facing nuclear energy, policy, education and research with key policymakers. Traditionally composed of only nuclear engineering students, the delegation has broadened to include students from a diverse assortment of disciplines including, but not limited to, non-proliferation, national security, health physics and environmental science and policy.As the delegation convenes each year, a day is spent formulating a set of policy statements that convey their views on nuclear energy, education and research. Then, for the three following days, they meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill to deliberate over the subjects they have indentified. Highlights included meetings with Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Commissioner William Magwood IV of the Nuclear Regulatory Commision; the Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy for the Department of Energy Pete Miller; and various senators and congressmen."It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the political process and see our government in action," Sames said.Since its founding in 1994, 11 students have represented Texas A&M at the event. Applications are solicited in the spring.For more information visit