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Mr. William Wegner


Mr. Wegner graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1948. He then received M.S. degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute in New York. In 1956, Admiral Hyman Rickover selected Wegner to join the Navy's nuclear program, and he was sent to MIT, where he received his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering. After a number of field positions, including Nuclear Power Superintendent at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wegner served for 16 years as Deputy Director to Admiral Rickover in the Naval Nuclear Program. He received Distinguished Service Awards from both the Defense Department and the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1979, Wegner retired from government service and formed Basic Energy Technology Associates with three fellow naval retirees. During its 10 years of successful operation, the firm provided technical services to over 25 nuclear utilities and other nuclear-related activities. Wegner has served on a number of panels, including one of the National Academy of Sciences that studied the safety of Department of Energy nuclear reactors. From 1989 to 1992, he provided technical assistance to the Secretary of Energy on nuclear matters. He has supplied technical services to over 50 nuclear facilities. Wegner served on the Detroit Edison Board of Directors, 1990-1999.

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