BRACEVILLE, Ill. (Aug. 17, 2009) - Amir Shahkarami has been named Braidwood Station site vice president and senior vice president, Exelon Nuclear, according to the company. Shahkarami replaces Bryan Hanson, who is moving to Exelon's corporate office in Warrenville, Ill., as vice president, Midwest Operations for Exelon Nuclear.
"It has been a pleasure being an integral part of the Braidwood community this past year. In my new role, I will continue to assist the station in a broader sense," Hanson said. "I'm confident that Amir will carry on Exelon's commitment to being a vital part of the communities that surround the station as well as ensuring that the station continues to provide safe, clean and reliable energy."
As site vice president, Shahkarami's primary responsibility will be to oversee the safe and reliable operation of Braidwood Station and to ensure the public is kept informed of the operation of the plant.
Shahkarami joined Exelon Nuclear in 2002. Prior to being named Braidwood site vice president, Shahkarami was the senior vice president of Exelon Nuclear's engineering and technical services organization. In this role, he was responsible for conduct of fuel, engineering, project management, license renewal, industry organizations, innovation and Exelon Nuclear's international exchange program.
Prior to joining Exelon, Shahkarami spent 12 years at energy company Entergy in various management positions. He worked at Detroit Edison's Fermi Nuclear Plant for three years and he provided five years of engineering consultation through Sargent & Lundy to many U.S. nuclear plants. Shahkarami also spent three years at Brown & Root, Inc., designing and constructing offshore oil platforms and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea.
Shahkarami is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Nuclear Power Council and its executive committee. He also serves on the Tulane University, Texas A&M and Illinois Institute of Technology engineering advisory boards. He has been a member of the American Nuclear Society since 1992 and currently serves on its board of directors.
Shahkarami received his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Tulane University, his master's in Business Administration from Mississippi College and a PhD in nuclear engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certificate.