John Wheeler is the Workforce Planning Program Manager for Entergy, an integrated energy provider with 15,000 employees and 30 GWe of generation in nine states. Entergy is also the second largest provider of nuclear generated electricity in the United States. In this role John is responsible for developing and implementing human capitol strategies that align with the company’s goals of safe and reliable generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to more than 2.7 million customers and the wholesale power market. These initiatives include developing new sources of technical employees, workforce supply and demand forecasting, organizational redesign, and knowledge management.
John has more than 25 years of experience operating nuclear power plants and managing nuclear operations and support functions. He has held Senior Reactor Operator licenses on two commercial nuclear plants and an equivalent certification on a military prototype reactor. He graduated with honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelors of Science degree in marine engineering and nuclear engineering.
John is the founding leader of the Mississippi Energy Workforce Consortium, a group of stakeholders from industry, government, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations who have come together to solve workforce challenges facing Mississippi’s energy industry.
John produces "This Week in Nuclear", a podcast and blog about the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. The show has listeners in more than 30 countries, and includes topics related to industry news, nuclear energy "myth-busting," and analysis of current events.