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Cooper Station Manager to Offer Perspective on Nuclear's Role in U.S. Energy Future at Bellevue University September 22 Event

College of Business Speaker Series Event Will Be Delivered In Person and Via Livestream

Andy Askin, Operations Manager, Cooper Nuclear Station

Bellevue University will welcome Andy Askin, Operations Manager at Cooper Nuclear Station, as its keynote speaker for the College of  Business Speaker Series event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, noon to 1 p.m. CST.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Hitchcock Humanities Criss Auditorium at 1040 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, Nebraska 68005. The event will be available to view via livestream at

According to event organizer Dr. Rick Pennington, learning about the role of nuclear power in our energy future is incredibly important. 

“Despite nuclear power’s role as an important source of low-carbon electricity, it’s not typically a major focus in the clean energy conversation,” Dr. Pennington said. “Event attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of the current state of the U.S. electrical power grid and how nuclear fits into the country’s energy future.”

Askin, who is a College of Business alumnus, is licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Senior Reactor Operator. He has presented to the U.S. Congress on the critical challenges related to nuclear power, specifically on the importance that nuclear power has in meeting the country’s strategic goals on CO2 emissions. 

Cooper Nuclear Station is one of just two Nebraska nuclear power plants. It serves as Nebraska’s largest source of emission-free electricity and generates more than 820 megawatts of electricity. This is enough energy to power more than 310,000 residential customers during the hottest summer.

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (