NEA WebChat with NEST Fellows
NEA WebChat

Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology
(NEST) Framework Fellows
Larissa Shasko and Stephen King

Thursday, 8 April 2021 at 15:30-16:30 Paris time


Nuclear skills and education are an increasingly important challenge for NEA member countries, all of which need to have a new generation of scientists and engineers to ensure the continued safe and efficient use of nuclear technologies for a wide range of industrial, scientific and medical purposes. The NEA therefore launched the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework, which aims to build up skills vital for the future of the nuclear sector through multilateral co-operation.

The NEA hosted a discussion with NEST Fellows Larissa Shasko and Stephen King on 8 April 2021. As representatives of the next generation nuclear experts and leaders the Fellows were in conversation with NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV on the future of nuclear power. They also  discussed their personal experiences in gaining practical knowledge through the hands-on training opportunities offered by the NEST Framework.

NEST Fellow Biographies
Larissa Shasko


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Larissa Shasko is a PhD student at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.  She is currently working with the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy on a research team looking at public perceptions of the risks and benefits of low dose radiation exposure.  Ms. Shasko holds a Master of Public Policy (2020) and B.A. in Political Science (2016) with the University of Regina.  She was the former Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan (2009-2011). Larissa is the mother of two young daughters.  

Stephen King  
mceclip1 - 2021-04-03 11h51m13s Stephen King is currently employed as a PhD graduate student researcher at Texas A&M University, USA.  Mr. King was previously a graduate assistant researcher as a Master’s student until graduating in Spring 2020.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Radiological Health, and a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering, and is currently pursuing a PhD of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a combined degree of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering