Jane Nations
Jane Nations

The National Nuclear Security Administration is celebrating the women who make up the backbone of our Enterprise. These women work across areas like project management, maintenance, disposition, sustainability and more. Their contributions and accomplishments are what make our workforce so incredible, and their backgrounds and expertise ensure that workforce is just as vibrant and important as the missions they support.

Title: Y-12 Site Master Planner
Program/Office: CNS Y-12 LLC, Enterprise Strategic Planning
Years in infrastructure: 7 in this position, but almost 30 working in various infrastructure roles


How did you become interested in infrastructure or what was your career path to this point?

My background is in Electrical Engineering. I started at Y-12 in the Facility Condition Assessment Survey program and evolved into DOE’s Facility Information Management System, Space Management, Energy Management, and ultimately into the Site Planning role.

Describe a proud moment or accomplishment?

Y-12 has been developing plans for transforming and modernizing the site for many years. It’s with great pride that I am seeing many of the planned projects now under construction. The site is a very busy place at the moment, and it gives me joy to know I’ve played a role in the change!

Why do you like working for NNSA?

My counterparts at other sites within the complex and the many contacts within NNSA are all great people to work with. I’ve found I can rely on them to answer questions and assist with problems when they arise.

What advice would you give to young people considering a similar career?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. If you focus on your goals and remain true to yourself, you can accomplish anything. I have a sign in my office: Believe there is good in the world. Highlighted words are Be the Good – always be kind to everyone, help others when you can, and you will go far in life.


*This is part of an ongoing series for Women’s History Month to recognize women in infrastructure at NNSA*