#IWD: Inspiring Woman in the Nuclear Industry


March 8, 2024

Today we recognize the important accomplishments and efforts of women worldwide, especially the pioneers in their field who dedicated their professional careers to the development of nuclear technology.

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the incredible work of Salwa Boutayeb, Eunok Han Mariia Verbylo, Adoración Arnaldos Gonzalvez, Verónica Garea, Guofang Huang, and Kathryn Huff.  Every day they give their best for the growth of the nuclear industry in their region, and they are an exceptional example of knowledge, leadership and inspiration.

Take a moment to learn about these incredible women and their contributions to the development of nuclear energy and its applications. And they are….

Salwa Boutayeb – Morocco
First Moroccan Medical Physicist

Salwa Boutayeb is the first woman medical physicist in Morocco. With 30 years experience, she headed  the medical physics unit at the National Oncology Institute of Rabat, the first of its kind in Morocco dedicated to treating cancer. Now, Salwa is an IAEA expert and coordinator for many projects in Morocco to promote medical physics in the region.

Eunok Han – Korea
Member of the Korea Academy of Nuclear Safety

Eunok is a radiation safety expert and research member of the Korea Academy of Nuclear Safety. She is a licensed supervisor who can handle radioactive materials, and has published over 50 papers in journals on radiation safety and public communication about radiation and nuclear energy. She contributes to humanity’s safe and useful use of radiation and informing the general public.

Mariia Verbylo – Ukraine
Expert on Spent Fuel Management and Chernobyl NPP Decommissioning

With over 22 years of professional experience in the nuclear field, Mariia has been instrumental in advancing nuclear safety and promoting gender equality within the industry. Her expertise encompasses public administration, project management, strategic planning, scientific developments, and establishing cooperation with key stakeholders.

Adoración Arnaldos Gonzalvez – Spain
Director of Innovation and Technology in GDES Group

For more than 20 years, Adoración has been working in the energy sector, particularly developing new technologies and innovation projects. She is an Industrial Engineer, specializing in energy. In 2017, she won the Fem’Energia Award that recognizes the contribution made by professional women to nuclear activities in Europe.

Verónica Garea – Argentina
President of INVAP Foundation

Verónica is a Nuclear Engineer who has worked for more than three decades in nuclear safety and environment. She is a role model for each woman working in the Argentinian nuclear sector and her deep commitment to the promotion of training activities for young professionals, especially by conveying her passion and promoting the active involvement and empowerment of women. 

Guofang Huang – China
Director of Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute

Guofang made great efforts to promote the third generation passive reactor technology CAP1400 in and outside of China. The CAP1400 Demonstration Project is under construction and planned to come online this year, which will play a vital role in nuclear power development and low-carbon endeavor of China.

Kathryn Huff – United States
Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy of the Office of Energy

Kathryn’s research has focused on modeling and simulation of advanced nuclear reactors and fuel cycles. She has been an active member of the American Nuclear Society, a formert chair of the Nuclear Nonproliferation and Policy Division as well as the Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division, and recipient of both the Young Member Excellence and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement awards. 


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