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Sue Bergin

Sue Bergin
Title: Metallurgical Technician
Company: AECL

For 28 years, Susanne Bergin has and continues to work at the AECL in Chalk River. She is responsible for maintaining the corrosion test programs for numerous experiments aimed at improving in-reactor behavior of pressure tubes. Other skills under her belt include FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy), laser profilometry, microhardness, and texture specimen preparation that have allowed her to contribute to all parts of the research program.

Straight out of high school, she began in 1980 as an assistant in the computer building helping to input and store data on the hard drive. An opportunity opened for Susanne to join the Technicians Union and since then, she has been working in her current position.

What she finds most rewarding is being able to work on a project from its inception to its completion. Her greatest accomplishment involved conducting an experiment to look at the effects of impurities in pressure tubes on corrosion and deuterium ingress. This study’s results modified the chemical specifications of pressure tubes to reduce deuterium ingress thereby increasing the operational lifetime of the tubes. This work was also presented at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the 15th International Conference on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry.

The largest influence in her working career is her supervisor. She supports and encourages Susanne to take courses in corrosion and different metals to improve her knowledge. Through these learning experiences, she came into contact with many people whom she thoroughly enjoyed working with.

WiN came to Susanne as a way to learn more about the nuclear field and to branch out her network with others, particularly women, in the industry. She views the conferences as a important learning and networking experience. After having interacted with many peers, she has learned that there are numerous commonalities between work experiences no matter the discipline and that there are also just as many aspects she can learn from others.

Created on January 22, 2009.


Solly Karivelil-Safety and Licensing AnalystSolly Karivelil-Safety and Licensing Analyst,Atomic Energy Canada Limited, Chalk River LabsView Profile

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