Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Government Influences on International Nuclear Fuel Supply


Ms. Susan Hoxie-Key


Southern Nuclear Operating Company


Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. S. I. Abdel-Khalik


Governmental actions have influenced the build-up and operation of the nuclear industry, including the nuclear fuel market, since the industry s earliest days. Because uranium, conversion services, and enrichment services for commercial nuclear fuel are sourced from around the world, actions taken by a country at a national level can have impacts well beyond its borders. This presentation will give a brief overview of nuclear fuel supply and then address current issues affecting nuclear fuel supply including Brexit, the recent uranium 232 investigation in the United States, and the use of nuclear fuel as a tool of geopolitical policy.


Susan Hoxie-Key is a Consulting Engineer in the Nuclear Fuel Department at Southern Nuclear. In this role she works on multi-disciplinary technical projects relating to nuclear fuel. Susan is actively involved with industry efforts to implement Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF), increase the uranium enrichment limit above five weight percent, and increase the licensed fuel burnup limit. Immediately prior to her current role, Susan was Nuclear Fuel Services Manager where she was responsible for nuclear fuel procurement, nuclear fuel fabrication oversight, in-reactor fuel performance, and spent fuel support activities for the Southern Nuclear fleet. She is an elected member, and former chair, of the World Nuclear Fuel Market Board of Governors. She is a recipient of the American Nuclear Society s Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award for her technical accomplishments. Susan joined Southern Nuclear as a senior engineer in 1990. Prior to joining Southern Nuclear, she spent eleven years at the Department of Energy s Savannah River Site. Susan holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech. Susan and her husband, John, reside in Birmingham, AL, and are the proud parents of two grown children, including a 2011 ME graduate of the Woodruff School.


Refreshments will be served.