Audey receives inaugural PSNES Early Career Award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Audey, a 2010 graduate with degrees in mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received the inaugural Penn State Nuclear Engineering Alumni Society's (PSNES) Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award. The award recognizes a nuclear engineering graduate who has demonstrated exemplary contributions in the engineering profession within 10 years of his or her terminal degree. He also earned a Penn State MBA in 2012.

“I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had and I know they could not have been possible without the education I received at Penn State,” Audey said.

Audey is a senior project engineer at Westinghouse Electric in charge of the China Wave 1 AP1000 instrumentation and control program. In this role, he leads and drives the international shipment of instrumentation and control equipment, ensuring all programmatic, quality, regulatory and customer contract requirements are fulfilled.  With the project currently in the closure phase, Audey is supporting final commercial negotiations with customers, documenting and ensuring all contract milestones have been met. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

In his previous role at Westinghouse, he served as nuclear operations senior engineer, and was the lead for low power physics testing at nuclear power plants across the US. He also served as AP1000 Station Nuclear Engineering Training Instructor in China, teaching a 12-week course on refueling activities, emergency operating procedures, core operations and startup testing.

At Penn State, he served as overall hospitality chairperson for Penn State Dance Marathon (THON).


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Michael Audey

Michael Audey received the inaugural Penn State Nuclear Engineering Alumni Society's Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award.



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