Valerie G. Segovia, Ed.D.
Director, Nuclear Power Institute
Dr. Valerie G. Segovia is the Director of the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI). As NPI Director, she creates, manages, and directs programming focused on the NPI workforce development mission while supervising NPI staff.
Segovia began her career with NPI almost two decades ago and has created impactful programs that have been implemented across the State of Texas, including two NPI flagship programs, the Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology (POWER SET) and the Workforce Industry Training (WIT). Traditionally, only 15%-17% of U.S. high school graduates pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) college degree. However, under Segovia’s leadership, an average of 78% of graduating high school students who participated in NPI programs have pursued a STEM degree over the past decade. Under Dr. Segovia’s 2022-2023 leadership and management, 6,473 students became members of NPI programs with 39,618 student STEM engagements and 3,000 educator STEM engagements. She is also a children’s book author, a content creator, producer, and host of the NPI podcast, “The Path of Most Persistence.”
Dr. Segovia holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, two master’s degrees: in counseling and administration and supervision, and a doctorate in educational leadership.
Program Specialist III, Nuclear Power Institute
Adrianna Olney is the Program Specialist III for the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI). She is continuously growing and stretching her skill set as a Program Specialist III. Adrianna supports the development and management of all NPI programming, event organization, and document creation. She has become a children’s book editor, facilitator of illustration creation, and video animator. Adrianna edits and manages all NPI’s videos, social media, and website content.
Adrianna graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and taught Pre-K and Kindergarten at a Title I school. She has a true passion for education and initiation. She enjoys being creative and thinking outside of the box inside and outside of the office.