PSNES Board and Elections

Organization and Board

The voting members of the PSNES board of directors are made up of three elected officer positions, six to nine elected at-large members, the nuclear engineering department head, a nuclear engineering faculty member, and the director of the Radiation Science and Engineering Center. In addition, the board includes the following ex-officio members representing other Penn State organizations, who are serving on the PSNES Board for one year concurrent with their term in the outside student club or alumni organization.

  • Penn State American Nuclear Society Student President
  • Penn State Alpha Nu Sigma Student President
  • Penn State Women in Nuclear Student President
  • Penn State Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Student President
  • Penn State Engineering Alumni Society President

If you are interested in being nominated to a PSNES officer position or serving on the PSNES board of directors, please contact the PSNES president, vice president, or the secretary/treasurer listed below for more information. The board meets virtually approximately once a quarter and holds at least one on-site meeting per year at Penn State.

Position Name/Email Current Term
President Hilary Ruby
Vice President/President-Elect Jason Beebe
Secretary/Treasurer Matt Wargon
Past President Douglas Wood
At-large Directors John Atchison
Jeremy Barnhart
Jennifer Butler
Matt Ellis
Emily Humes
Duane Karchner
Mara Levy
Michael Pantano
Jim Tusar


In accordance with the PSNES Constitution, officers (president, vice-president, and secretary/treasurer) are elected every two years for a two-year term. At-large directors are elected for four-year staggered terms, with half elected every two years.



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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222