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Rania Pontikos

Consultant
With 20 years of engineering and power plant experience, Rania brings a high degree of management and technical expertise to PFBC-EET. Rania spent her early career working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. She built and managed a $100 million test facility that performed accelerated life testing of nuclear reactor components in a high temperature, high pressure environment. These component designs were implemented in nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. In 1998, Rania founded, and is currently the president and CEO of, Millennium Power, Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to helping large power companies and developers site-permit, construct, and operate power plants in a deregulated market. Rania’s strong relationships with power plant clients, regulatory agencies, regional transmission grid operators, and equipment manufacturers provide a valuable resource for PFBC-EET projects in the United States and abroad.

Katherine Shoup

Director of Marketing
Kathy brings a wealth of management and communication experience to PFBC-EET. She began her career as a quality control coordinator at Richmond Tank Car in Houston. She later moved to Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed a brief stint as owner of A Touch of Glass, a stained glass manufacturing company, before joining Farnham & Pfile Construction as office manager. There, she was responsible for external business communication as well as company accounting.

Kathy then returned to college, earning a degree in secondary science education from California University of Pennsylvania. She worked for the next two years as a substitute teacher in a number of Pittsburgh area school districts. Katherine won three consecutive Presidential Scholar Awards and received the Outstanding Future Educator and the Student Teacher of the Year awards while at California University.

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