The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. It was established by a group of individuals who recognized the need to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology. December 11, 1954, marks the Society's historic beginning at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
More than 10,800 individuals employed by corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies belong to ANS. There are about 1,200 student members, and ANS has established 35 student sections. Approximately 800 members live overseas in 48 countries. ANS currently has 50 U.S and 8 non-U.S. local sections, 1 affiliated nuclear society, and 24 plant branches.
The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.
The Society’s main objective is to “promote the advancement of engineering and science relating to the atomic nucleus, and of allied sciences and arts.” Other purposes are to integrate the many nuclear science and technology disciplines, encourage research, establish scholarships, disseminate information, hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of scientific and technical papers, and cooperate with government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations having similar purposes.