Employee Spotlight: Bryan McConkey

AMS congratulates BRYAN McCONKEY as he marks his 10TH YEAR with AMS this month. As Senior Engineer for the Cable Group, Bryan has remained a steadfast member of the cable testing team, performing tests at nuclear power plants and contributing valuable work on many R&D projects. With his primary focus being cable testing and training in nuclear power plants, to date he has been on 113 plant trips and has taught 37 CHAR System training courses over his decade-long tenure at AMS. In addition, he has directed all work on the cable indenter (IPAM5) since AMS acquired the parent company Analog Interfaces in February 2012.

Soon after Bryan started work at AMS in 2010, the Integrated Cable Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project began development of the new CHAR System. Bryan learned the nuances of WinCharm software and CHAR testing while working as AMS project manager. Since then he has managed many Phase I and Phase II SBIR projects and written numerous successful project proposals. He is the Principal Investigator of a newly awarded DOE SBIR project, which is a continuation of the Live Cables Phase II project combined with the FDR Phase IIB project AMS has been working on. Bryan has authored over 15 publications and journal articles to share new AMS technology.

An only child, Bryan grew up in a double-wide trailer on Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile, TN. His parents moved to Hixson, TN, for better schools when Bryan was 6 years old. After his parents retired in 2006, Bryan moved back to Knoxville for graduate school. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Biosystems Engineering, both from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville.

Prior to working at AMS, Bryan was a licensed general contractor in Tennessee and ran a family-owned property management and construction company. During this time he worked as foreman and supervisor of several commercial construction projects. He has two children—a son Landon (8 years old) and a daughter Sierra (3 years old). In his free time, Bryan enjoys numerous hobbies, including caving, scuba diving and mountain biking, all of which he has done with his AMS friends over the years. He is a high-voltage electrical hobbyist and did several high voltage demos for a girls STEM school visiting AMS last year.

AMS thanks Bryan for all his excellent hard work and service to the company over these past 10 years.