November 2015 Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling, WV. The cost for the evening will be $18 for members and $23 for visitors.

Speakers and Topics

Our speaker for the evening will be Tony Paletta.

Tony Paletta is currently a Strategic Account Manager for Curtiss-Wright in their Nuclear Division. Nuclear power has been a lifelong passion and dream of his since the age of 5 when he got to visit his first power plant. Mr. Paletta has been working in the Nuclear Industry for almost 14 years. He has held various positions in Engineering, Licensing, Business Development, Research and Development and Strategic Accounts. He began his career as a intern/co-op in the Licensing department of Beaver Valley Power Station in development of their renewed license for continued operation to 60 years. He then moved to the Science and Technology Division of Westinghouse Electric Company while pursuing his Master’s degree and published papers in regards to the development a hydrogen fuel utilizing nuclear power. He then spent 6+ years in Engineering and Asset Management before leaving Westinghouse to continue his work at Curtiss-Wright in Business Development and Strategic Accounts. Mr. Paletta currently oversees accounts for many of the largest utilities in the US and is currently utilizing his skills to grow new products and services from new ideas into capable products that can support additional growth and increased safety and reliability at nuclear utilities. Mr. Paletta holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Master’s of Science Engineering in Chemical Engineering from WVU and currently resides in Morgantown with his wife Erin, and their two children, Andrew and Jacob.

Nuclear Power 

In a world where everyone is upgrading and quickly embracing the digital age, Nuclear Power, one of the most complex ways to produce electricity, still utilizes technology developed over 60 years ago to safely and reliably shut down nuclear reactors. With the majority of nuclear power plants between 35 and 45 years old, there are many opportunities for upgrading these plants for the remaining 20-40 years they intend to operate. We are going to explore the reasons for nuclear power continuing to rely upon analog controls, the current options for controls at a nuclear reactor, and what the future may hold. We will look at the two major systems inside a nuclear plant, the NSSS or Nuclear Steam Supply System and the BOP or Balance of Plant. These two areas have had a distinctly different evolution in the controls systems with the NSSS remaining analog while the BOP has been utilizing digital controls for years. We will discuss why this has occurred and what the opportunities in the future for both sides.  

RSVP to Join Us

Please RSVP early in order to allow the Wheeling Park catering staff the opportunity to prepare. E-mail Karen Kovacs at to RSVP. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group.

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