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(March 19, 2012) -- The UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute will present "Reliable Power for America: Challenges and Future Plans for Nuclear Power," a free public lecture featuring Southern California Edison's Loyd Wright, manager of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The lecture will be 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 in the University Center Ballroom (1.106) on the UTSA Main Campus.

A 34-year veteran of the energy industry, Wright currently is developing a license renewal application that will be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

During his career at San Onofre, Wright has worked as an engineering support group manager, performance monitoring and reliability engineering supervisor, and a test operations supervisor. As test operations supervisor, he was responsible for the initial startup testing of Unit 3 from loading fuel to full-power operation.

Loyd received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a licensed professional engineer in California in both electrical and nuclear engineering. He has been an active member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), has served on the national board of directors and as the national treasurer and chair of the Operations and Power Division.

He has been responsible for organizing several ANS conferences including as general chairman of the ANS annual meeting in 2000. Currently, he serves on several national committees including the finance, planning, membership and professional divisions.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kennedy at 210-458-6008.

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