Exelon Nuclear's Maria Korsnick is the first woman to hold the title of chief nuclear officer in the U.S. She said the gender imbalance in the nuclear energy industry didn't affect her career choice. "There's very few of us at the executive-level ranks. And I went into operator training and I was licensed to operate in the control room at one of our power plants -- and that to me is the greatest feat or stock in my industry for somebody that's going to be a future plant manager or a future site vice president or a future chief nuclear officer -- there's some women there, there's more there now than when I went through, but still very few," she said.

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