Deon Clark

Deon Clark

Nuclear Engineer / Founder


Palo Verde Power Plant/Legacy Initiative

Tonopah, AZ USA


Get ready to become a nerd…because the nerd faces all the same challenges as everyone else, yet the nerd has the strength to defy all the peer pressure, do well in school, and still survive-without the entourage! That's a tough kid!

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Came from a poor, rough part of Chicago: brother is in prison, sister recently got out.
He made a promise to his mother and to himself that he'd get an education and career; he was a good student, excelled at math.
His older brother went to the Navy, he went to try out as well; had to take a difficult exam that usually wasn't even given to kids in his area.
Figured out a pattern within the test and scored so well that one recruiter assumed he had cheated.
Placed in an 18-month program that would qualify him to operate a nuclear power plant; had to work seven days a week, 15 hours a day.
Was one of only 35 people that made it through; was running a nuclear aircraft carrier, head of a 42-person staff at age 19.
Now he spends much of his time speaking to young students; he tries to dismantle the negative connotation behind the word "nerd."
Tells road-trippers that they'll likely have to break away from everything they know, exit their comfort zone, but it'll be worth it.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
The New School
certification
Certification/License
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
LaSalle Nuclear Generating Station
Career

Career

Nuclear Engineer / Founder

I train, evaluate and examine Nuclear Reactor Operators to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Science
Science
Building Things
Building Things

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

My brother is currently serving a 285 year prison sentence, my sister just got out of jail, and so for me, remembering where I came from and these battles, that's the thing I made a promise to myself and to my mother: come hell or high water, I will get there.