Sara Dolatshahi
Ms. Sara Dolatshahi
Nuclear Plant Control Room Supervisor, OPG
Ontario, Canada

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Sara Dolatshahi works at the Control Room of a Canadian Nuclear Power Plant, where select few people ever get to visit. Currently, she is the first and the only female Control Room Shift Supervisor (CRSS) for Pickering Nuclear Units 5 to 8, one of the world's largest nuclear plants. She has a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from McMaster University (Canada) and she has been working for Ontario Power Generation since 1999. She was holding positions of varying responsibilities before being selected for the CRSS role, which is an authorized position requiring a license from the Canadian Federal government.   As a CRSS, she is directly responsible for the safe operation of the plant and supervising a team of highly trained authorized nuclear professionals to reliably produce electricity.  Her primary role is to protect the safety of the public, personnel and environment.  She coordinates the activities of the station at the start of each shift to ensure safety testing and maintenance activities can be performed safely and efficiently.  She is also in charge of the personnel response during Emergency situations.  

For more information about Ms. Dolatshahi read her extended interview with an EngineerGirl visitor.

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  • Praneeth, Srikakulam

    Added Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I am a chemical engineering student. Can I work as nuclear engineer?
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    Answered Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Dear Praneeth,

    Generally, you can work as a nuclear engineer with a chemical engineering degree, as I did.  Sometimes though, particular companies may prefer to hire people with nuclear engineering background.  However, most of the companies ...
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  • Kolby, Arlington

    Added Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Why is it so important to have a bachelor's degree for Nuclear Engineering?
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    Answered Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Dear Kolby,

    Nuclear engineering is an exciting specialized field, which is not something you can pick up at high school or community college level.  Nuclear engineering is mostly used in jobs involving generation of electricity from a nuclear power ...

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  • Nataly, Winder,GA asked Sara Dolatshahi, OPG

    Added Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Hello! My name is Nataly and I am in the 7th grade. I was reading your biography and it was really impressive! I am really interested in being a Nuclear Engineer when I grow up. This year for my Science fair I am interested in making a Nuclear fuser. Are there any tips or advice that you could give me? Thank you and have a great day, Nataly
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    Answered Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I am sorry for the late response Nataly - I hope I am not too late.  

    First off, I'd like to say that I am honored by your question and excited to see that you are interested in becoming a nuclear Engineer.  Engineering is a rewarding career. ...

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