FUELING OUR FUTURE - Re-considering Nuclear Energy: A Global Shift?
With seven billion people in the world (nine billion projected by 2050), many of whom live in rapidly developing countries, the need for modern technologies with their attendant energy demands is increasing at an exponential rate. Will it be possible to provide sufficient energy for this generation and the next? How will the energy race change global economies and politics?
Join CGA faculty and experts in the field to discuss the changing landscape of global energy: its potential, challenges, and its impact on how we live today.
Re-considering Nuclear Energy: A Global Shift?
Monday, November 3, 6.30 - 7.45 pm
Nuclear energy is the largest source of carbon-free electricity the world puts to use today, but questions remain about the technology's safety, its cost, and what to do with spent nuclear fuel...not to mention nuclear security and weapons proliferation. How are some key regions approaching the issue of nuclear energy today? How have Japanese and European attitudes and policies shifted in the years following the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011 and how has this affected carbon emissions? Finally, what could be the impact of a nuclear Middle East as these oil and gas producers develop nuclear energy?
Join Chris Gadomski, Lead Analyst, Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance and CGA adjunct assistant professor, for a conversation with industry experts examining the current global thinking on nuclear energy and its potential to change the current energy landscape.
Seth Grae, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lightbridge
Alan Hanson, Executive Director, International Nuclear Leadership Education Program, MIT
William Horak, Chair of the Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, Brookhaven National Laboratory
About the panel:
Seth Grae is President and CEO of Lightbridge Corporation. During Mr. Grae’s tenure, Lightbridge has evolved into a leader in developing advanced nuclear fuel technologies and in providing advisory services to developing and existing nuclear energy programs that meet the highest international standards of safety, non-proliferation, and transparency. Mr. Grae is a member of the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He is a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Suppliers Advisory Committee. Mr. Grae is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Washington College of Law at American University. He has served as Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Mr. Grae earned a B.A. (cum laude) from Brandeis University; an M.B.A. and an L.L.M. in international law (with honors) from Georgetown University; and a J.D. from American University.
Alan Hanson serves as Executive Director of the International Nuclear Leadership Education Program (INLEP), a position he assumed in January 2012 at MIT. During 2011, Dr. Hanson completed a year-long assignment as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University on loan from AREVA. At CISAC he conducted research on the worldwide nuclear supply chain and international fuel assurance mechanisms. Dr. Hanson began his career in 1975 with the Nuclear Services Division of Yankee Atomic Electric Company. In 1979, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At the IAEA, he served first as Coordinator of the International Spent Fuel Management Program and later as Policy Analyst with responsibilities in the areas of safeguards and non-proliferation policies. Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Hanson served as President and CEO of Transnuclear, Inc. which he joined in 1985. Transnuclear, now an AREVA company, designs, licenses and supplies dry storage and transport casks. In 2005 he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Technologies and Used Fuel Management of AREVA NC Inc. In this position he was responsible for all of AREVA’s activities in the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle in the U.S. Alan Hanson received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 1969 and earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 1977. He also is a recipient of a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree from Georgetown in 2009. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
William Horak has a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an internationally recognized expert on energy issues and has served on numerous boards, committees, and panels, both in the U.S. and for international organizations, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Since coming to Brookhaven in 1979 as an assistant nuclear engineer, Horak has served as group leader for the International Projects Division for the then-Department of Nuclear Energy and head of the Energy and Nuclear Technology Division of the Department of Advanced Technology. He had a lead role in the Department of Energy's activities in response to the Chernobyl accident, including evaluations of Soviet-designed facilities. He has implemented and managed numerous programs in nuclear safety, international safeguards, and energy-system development. In his current position, Horak initiated new research programs on materials for extreme environments, hydrogen storage, and advanced battery design. Horak has received numerous commendations, including the American Nuclear Society's Mark Mills Award and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Special Achievement Certificate. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Nuclear Society, and the American Physical Society.
Seating is available on a first come first serve basis until we reach capacity. Preregistration does not guarantee entry.