Speakers

Speakers

 

Mr.  Amir Afzali

Licensing Director - Next Generation Reactors

Southern Nuclear Operating Company

Amir Afzali is the Licensing Director for Next Generation Reactors at Southern Nuclear Operating Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company. In this role, he leads the development, communication, and maintenance of strategic goals to establish a predictable licensing framework for the next generation advanced reactors including Generation IV reactors and Advanced SMRs. To ensure success in this area, Amir builds engagement between federal agencies, research community, Congress, and industry stakeholders to drive research and development needed to support the licensing and construction of new reactors. Amir brings a wealth of knowledge in PRA and Risk Informed decision-making in building the roadmap for success in the licensing field to this role.

 

Amir also serves as Southern Nuclear’s Risk-Informed Engineering Director. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing portfolios of risk-informed applications. His responsibilities include identification of risk-informed programs, overseeing development of a business case and project plan for implementation of such programs, ensuring that these programs are supported by the state-of-the-practice models and processes, and providing fleet governance and oversight of the implemented programs. Additionally, Afzali directs all operational activities associated with providing risk assessment in support of issues that may be the subject of the Significance Determination Process, Notice of Enforcement Discretion (NOED), or emergency License Amendment Request (LARs).   He works closely with decision makers in other SNC departments to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective solutions for enhancing all aspects of operations and licensing.

 

Afzali has advocated the use of performance-based/risk-informed approaches for several years by actively contributing to the efforts of numerous national and international organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

 

Afzali has worked at a number of utilities and consulting companies as Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) practitioner, PRA Supervisor, and Fire Protection Supervisor.

 

Dr. Christina (Tina) Back

Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials

General Atomics

Dr. Christina Back is Vice President of Nuclear Technologies and Materials at General Atomics.  She is responsible for the nuclear fission programs, which focus on development of advanced nuclear reactors for electric power, production of isotopes for medical uses, and fabrication of Accident Tolerant Fuel rods for safer nuclear reactors.

She earned her B.S. in physics from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Florida. As an experimental physicist, she spent two years at the Ecole Polytechnique LULI laser facility in France, and over fifteen years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory performing research on the Nova, Omega, and NIF high-powered lasers in the Inertial Confinement Fusion and High Energy Density Science programs. Moving to General Atomics, Dr. Back became the High Energy Density Science Program Leader in the Inertial Fusion Technologies division, developing specialized materials and characterization techniques. Pursuit of new engineered materials led to work in fission on the Energy Multiplier Module, EM2, a high temperature gas-cooled reactor.

Dr. Back is an internationally recognized in fission and fusion research with over 25 years of experience in private industry and U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. She has over 100 publications in areas such as radiative heating, opacity, x-ray conversion efficiency, spectroscopy, hohlraum physics, charged-particle diagnostics, and materials synthesis. She regularly serves on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the DOE, and is frequently invited to provide expertise for U.S. Congressional Committees and White House Science and Technology initiatives.

 

For her contributions, Dr. Back was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has received numerous awards, including DOE Technical Excellence and Defense Nuclear Sciences Awards for radiation transport. In 2013, she was named Woman of the Year in Business by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Steven Aumeier

Senior Advisor, Nuclear Energy Strategies

Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Aumeier serves as Senior Advisor for nuclear energy program strategy at Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, his focus is to develop strategies, programs, and partnerships to advance U.S. energy security and U.S. competitiveness in global nuclear energy markets through advanced technology development and deployment. Throughout twenty-five years of service in the national laboratory system, Dr. Aumeier has provided substantial leadership in a variety of roles spanning national and homeland security, clean energy and systems research, nuclear energy technology, and university research partnerships where he has made substantial contributions in organizational change management, development and implementation of strategic research programs, business development and growth, and partnership development. He was named to his current post in 2016 after serving for over 5 years as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment and Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, where he lead substantial strategic, technical, and business transformation and growth of the organization including stewarding major recruiting and reorganization campaigns, development of new advanced manufacturing research centers, development of substantial new laboratory assets, and innovation in the management of 130 research laboratories. Prior to this, he served as Director of Energy Systems and Technologies Division where he lead the development of major new integrated energy systems programs, was Director of the Energy Security Initiative, and Director of Nuclear Nonproliferation at Idaho National Laboratory where he lead the development of attribution and forensics programs, among other innovations. Before joining INL, Dr. Aumeier served for 10 years (1995-2005) with Argonne National Laboratory where he served in various leadership positions in nuclear energy and national security research and management, including leading the development of new nondestructive assay and experiment design and analysis methods. He also served a special assignment (2002-2003) with the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington DC as a technical advisor on counterterrorism issues. He serves on or leads numerous academic and regional leadership boards and committees including Idaho’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission and Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission. Dr. Aumeier holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Michigan (1994) and an MBA from The University of Chicago (2002).

 
 

Dr. Rita Baranwal

Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)

Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Rita Baranwal is part of INL’s Nuclear Science & Technology directorate, serving as the director for the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative

 

Baranwal most recently served as the director of Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. In that position, she led the creation and development of game-changing technologies and managed characterization and hot cell laboratories to support Westinghouse, its customers and the nuclear power industry. Her previous positions at Westinghouse include director of Core Engineering and manager of Materials and Fuel Rod Design. Prior to joining Westinghouse, she was a manager in the Materials Technology organization at Bechtel Bettis, Inc.

 

Baranwal was an adjunct faculty member of University of South Carolina’s nuclear engineering graduate program from 2010-2012. She holds two patents for materials engineering technology and has coauthored publications related to characterization of irradiation and fabrication process effects on material microstructure and properties. She received her bachelor’s degree from MIT in materials science and engineering and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Michigan. She also completed an executive management program at Duquesne University’s Beard Institute in 2009.

 

Baranwal has been an active American Nuclear Society member since 2008 and currently serves on the ANS Materials Science and Technology Division Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Pittsburgh and was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for North Hills Community Outreach.

Dr. Rita Baranwal

Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)

Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Rita Baranwal joined INL's Nuclear Science & Technology directorate in August 2016 as the director for the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Baranwal most recently served as the director of Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. In that position, she led the creation and development of game-changing technologies and managed characterization and hot cell laboratories to support Westinghouse, its customers and the nuclear power industry. Her previous positions at Westinghouse included director of Core Engineering and manager of Materials and Fuel Rod Design. Prior to joining Westinghouse, she was a manager in the Materials Technology organization at Bechtel Bettis, Inc. 

Baranwal was an adjunct faculty member of University of South Carolina's nuclear engineering graduate program from 2010-2012. She holds two patents for materials engineering technology and has co-authored publications related to characterization of irradiation and fabrication process effects on material microstructure and properties. She received her bachelor's degree from MIT in materials science and engineering and her master's degree and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Michigan. She also completed an executive management program at Duquesne University's Beard Institute in 2009.

Baranwal has been an active American Nuclear Society member since 2008 and currently serves on the ANS Materials Science and Technology Division Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Pittsburgh and was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for North Hills Community Outreach.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Binder

Associate Director for Energy & Global Security

Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Jeffrey L. Binder was appointed to the position of Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security (EGS) at Argonne National Laboratory on September 21, 2016. 

 

Dr. Binder joins Argonne from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where from 2013-2016 he founded and served as the first director of the Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI). At ARI, Binder focused on building relationships with federal agencies, private industry and other academic institutions for applied research efforts in support of the university's missions in science, education and economic development.

 

Before ARI, Dr. Binder was the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from October 2011 until November 2013.  Binder was responsible for operating state-of-the-art nuclear facilities and conducting technology development and application programs that impact a large range of fields from basic science to reactor development to national security. Dr. Binder is a nuclear engineer whose primary research interests have involved the development of nuclear technology for the production of energy, the production of isotopes and for use as a general scientific tool. 

 

Dr. Binder joined the staff at ORNL in 2003 where he held a variety of technical leadership positions.  In 2007 Dr. Binder led the development of an engineering-scale demonstration project of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) recycling technologies including head-end processing, aqueous separations, waste and actinide product conversions, and actinide transmutation fuel and target development that involved several laboratories and universities. From 2009 through 2011 Dr. Binder led the rebirth of the ORNL isotope program, which included the restart of the production of transcurium elements, the construction of new capabilities to separate stable isotopes, and initiation of new R&D investment into the development of isotopes for medical applications.  In 2011 Dr. Binder formed a new research division at ORNL, the Fuel Cycle and Isotopes Division, and served as its first Director.

 

From 1990 until 2003, Dr. Binder worked at Argonne National Laboratory serving in a series of increasingly responsible positions as Principal Investigator, Group Leader, Department Head, and Director of the U.S. International Nuclear Safety Center.

 

Dr. Binder earned a Doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1990.  In 2003, Dr. Binder also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

 

Dr. Binder has been recognized for several awards during his career, including the Secretary of Energy’s Significant Achievement Award for his contributions in leading the Department of Energy’s response to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Plant in Japan.

Dr. Edward Blandford

Chief Technology Officer

Kairos Power, Inc.

Dr. Edward Blandford currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for Kairos Power. He is currently on leave from the University of New Mexico where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is responsible for technology development and licensing at Kairos Power. Before co-founding Kairos Power, Dr. Blandford joined the University of New Mexico as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2012. Prior to that, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University where he worked on reactor safety issues and safeguards technology for advanced separations technology. He also worked for several years as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute focusing on steam generator thermal-hydraulics and material degradation management. Dr. Blandford has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and a M.S. and Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley.

 
 

Mr. David Blee

Executive Director

U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council

David Blee serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council – the leading business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the involvement of the U.S. supply chain globally. The Council represents more than 80 companies comprising the “Who’s Who” of nuclear energy across a broad mix of the American supply chain, including key mover utilities, M&Os, manufacturers, suppliers and services companies.

 

Mr. Blee’s public service experience includes his current appointment on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee and past appointments as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy – and as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Connie Mack, during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Prior to his current assignments, Mr. Blee was an Executive Vice President for NAC International, a U.S.-based energy services and technology company, where he directed the company’s Worldwide Consulting Group and Marketing & Business Development portfolios. Mr. Blee was previously a Senior Vice President for the Wall Street-Washington DC-based Robinson, Lake, Lerer and Montgomery, a strategic communications firm.

 

Mr. Tom Blees

President

Science Council for Global Initiatives

Tom Blees is the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. Tom is also the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Blees's book. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. Tom is also on the board of The World Energy Forum, a UN- & World Bank-affiliated organization whose goal of providing abundant energy for all mankind mirrors the purpose of SCGI. His work has generated considerable interest among scientists and political figures around the world. Tom has been a consultant and advisor on energy technologies on the local, state, national, and international levels.

Dr. Gilbert Brown

Director & Professor Emeritus

Nuclear Engineering Program

University of Massachusetts Lowell 

 Dr. Brown is Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he served as Director of the Nuclear Engineering Program. He remains active in nuclear engineering education and in the area of advanced nuclear technology and nuclear policy. 

Dr. Brown has national and international experiences in government and industry. He served as a Foster Fellow in the US Department of State, in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He helped develop and was a mentor at the World Nuclear University Summer Institute. He worked at the IAEA in safeguards training and as a technical consultant. He has worked at U.S. national laboratories and in industry and has one patent and over 50 technical publications in the areas of nuclear safety, advanced reactors, economics, materials, cogeneration, and in the interdisciplinary area of technology and values. 

Dr. Brown served on the National Nuclear Accreditation Board and the Engineering Accreditation Commission and Board of Directors of ABET where he has accredited both utility training and academic programs. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and has served on the Board of Directors. His education includes a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Hon. Stephen Burns

Commissioner

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Honorable Stephen G. Burns was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Nov. 5, 2014, to a term ending June 30, 2019. Mr. Burns served as Chairman of the NRC from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 26, 2017.

Mr. Burns has a distinguished career as an attorney both within the NRC and internationally. Before returning to the NRC, he was the Head of Legal Affairs of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. In that position, which he held since April 2012, Mr. Burns provided legal advice and support to NEA management, carried out the legal education and publications program of the NEA, and provided advice and secretariat services to the Nuclear Law Committee and to the Contracting Parties to the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy.

Mr. Burns joined the NRC as an attorney in 1978. Prior to assuming his post at the NEA, Mr. Burns served as General Counsel of the NRC from May 2009 until April 2012 after having served as the NRC's Deputy General Counsel from 1998.  He also served as Executive Assistant to former NRC Chairman Kenneth M. Carr.

Mr. Burns received a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in 1975 from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He received his law degree with honors in 1978 from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was an editor on the George Washington Law Review.

Mr. Burns received the NRC's Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 1998 and 2008.

 

Dr. Jon Carmack

National Technical Director

Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Jon Carmack is the National Technical Director of the Department of Energy Fuel Cycle Research and Development Advanced Fuels Program. He began his career at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1991 in the Fuels and Materials Department after graduating with a BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. He left the INL in 1999 and spent 5 years at Babcock and Wilcox in Lynchburg, Virginia before returning to the INL in 2004 to join the DOE FCRD program. The FCRD Advanced Fuels Campaign is responsible for the DOE LWR Accident Tolerant Fuel Program as well as the development of advanced fuels for transmutation in advanced reactor systems.

 
 

Dr. Mitch Farmer
Department Manager, Engineering Development and Applications
Nuclear Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Farmer is a Senior Nuclear Engineer in the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  He has over twenty five years of experience in various R&D areas related to reactor development, design, and safety. A principal career focus area has been light water reactor (LWR) severe accident analysis and experiments. More recently he has also been involved in the analysis, design, and conduct of experiments related to operations and safety of Generation IV reactor concepts including sodium fast reactors, as well as high-temperature gas cooled reactors.  He has over 200 publications in the above mentioned technical areas. Dr. Farmer also serves as the Department Manager for the Engineering Development and Applications Department within the Nuclear Engineering Division in which these and other programs are carried out.

Dr. Farmer received his Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois.

 

Mr. Jeff Harper

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

X-energy

As vice president for strategy and business development at X-energy, Jeff directs long-term business plans specifically focused on customers, partners and markets. Jeff has 30 years of entrepreneurial, general management, and nuclear power industry experience in Africa, Europe, and the US. Prior to joining X-energy, Jeff worked at the Westinghouse Advanced Reactors Program (pebble bed reactor), where he was a commercial/business development program leader and the initial commercial leader for its Small Modular Light Water Nuclear Reactor program. Prior to Westinghouse, Jeff was Founder and CEO for Turner, Harper & Associates, a niche global engineering firm, with 100 full time staff serving key clients including the Department of Energy, the CEZ - Czech Republic Nuclear Power Company, Lockheed-Martin, and Bechtel Jacobs. Jeff also served as a Vendor Inspector for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he led more than 30 management, technical, and quality assurance inspections and audits of nuclear power plants and vendors. Jeff received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 
 

Dr. Robert Hill

Technical Director, Nuclear Energy R&D

Argonne National Laboratory 

Robert Hill completed his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in 1987. He has worked at Argonne National Laboratory for over 25 years with research focus on reactor physics, fast reactor core design, plutonium disposition, and waste management. His current position is Technical Director of the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He has previously led Nuclear Engineering Division research groups working on reactor physics analysis, advanced modeling and simulation, fuel cycle and systems dynamics modeling, criticality safety, and nuclear data.

Dr. Hill is National Technical Director for multi-Laboratory advanced reactor R&D activities in current DOE Programs; this work includes small modular reactors, advanced structural materials, energy conversion technology, safety and licensing, and system integration. He also serves as U.S. representative for the Generation-IV Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor. Previous Program contributions include extensive transmutation and fuel cycle analysis activities in DOE Fuel Cycle Programs.

Mr. Mark Haynes

Senior Advisor

Next Generation Nuclear Plant Industry Alliance (NGNP)

Mark Haynes is President of Concordia Power, is own consulting firm. He provides strategic consulting services to several clients, including the Next Generation Nuclear Plant Industry Alliance.

 

Prior to the creation of Concordia Power, Haynes was Vice President for Energy Development for General Atomics for nearly 15 years and prior to that time served for 5 years in the Washington office of Fluor Corporation. For most of the 1980s, Haynes was a Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Haynes has a Masters of Environmental Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky.

 

Haynes currently serves on the Boards of the Potomac Conservancy and the Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust, is Secretary of his local Civic Association, and is a volunteer for The Reading Connection in Arlington, VA.

 
 

Dr. David Holcomb
DOE Molten Salt Reactor and Advanced Reactor Instrumentation and Controls Technical Lead
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

David E. Holcomb has been an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research staff member for 23 years. Dr. Holcomb is the Department of Energy (DOE) national technical area lead for molten salt reactors (MSRs) and for instrumentation and controls (I&C) for advanced reactors. Dr. Holcomb’s technical specialties are in MSR reactor design, reactor I&C, and sensors for harsh environments. Dr. Holcomb also currently represents the U.S. on the system steering committee for the Generation IV International Forum on molten salt reactors. Dr. Holcomb is ORNL’s technical lead on the molten chloride fast reactor (MCFR) development effort lead by Southern Nuclear and TerraPower. Dr. Holcomb is the U.S. principal investigator on the cooperative research and development project between ORNL and the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) on fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactors (FHRs). Dr. Holcomb also provides technical oversight of DOE’s university projects on FHRs.

Dr. Holcomb holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) (March 1992), an M.S. in nuclear engineering also from OSU (June 1990), and a B.S. degree in engineering science specializing in engineering physics from Colorado State University (May 1987). Dr. Holcomb has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Nuclear Engineering Department since 1995. Dr. Holcomb is a current member of the nuclear engineering program advisory board for OSU. He is also a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), where he is a past chair of the Human Factors, Instrumentation, and Controls Division and is the current chair of the working group on developing a design safety standard for liquid fueled MSRs (ANS 20.2). Dr. Holcomb has served as technical chair (or co-chair) at ANS embedded topical meetings and for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical meetings. Dr. Holcomb also is a member of the advisory board for the U.S.-Czech Civilian Nuclear Power Cooperation Center. Dr. Holcomb was a member of the SINAP international external review team for the Chinese Academy of Sciences - leading the thorium molten salt reactor program evaluation. Dr. Holcomb is currently serving on the OECD/NEA Nuclear Innovation 2050 expert advisory panel. Dr. Holcomb is also serving on the advisory board for the European Union sponsored SAMOFAR project evaluating the safety of molten salt fast reactors. Dr. Holcomb holds nine patents and previously served as the chair of the ASTM International subcommittee on fundamentals of temperature measurement.

Dr. Holcomb is a member of the advanced reactors systems and safety group within the ORNL Reactors and Nuclear Systems Division where his principal area of responsibility is leadership of ORNL’s salt reactor program. Dr. Holcomb has served as an advisor to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff on a broad spectrum of advanced reactor and instrumentation technologies. Particular topic areas studied for the NRC have included: high-temperature gas reactors, highly integrated control rooms, optical fiber communication, environmental qualification, diversity and defense-in-depth, field programmable gate array configuration, and emerging technology evaluations.

Dr. Holcomb has in the past served as the ORNL team lead for space reactor instrumentation as part of the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter program. Dr. Holcomb has served as a reactor physics and instrumentation technical advisor to the DOE gas turbine modular helium reactor project and has in the past been a member of ORNL’s high flux isotope reactor experimental review committee. He also has served as the U.S. national technical lead for instrumentation and controls under the Grid Appropriate Reactors campaign of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership program. He has previously served as the U.S. principal investigator for a DOE sponsored International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (I-NERI) project between ORNL, Westinghouse, and the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nuclearares in Brazil focused on developing advanced instrumentation and controls for integral primary systems reactors. Dr. Holcomb has served as the U.S. principal investigator on an I-NERI project (focused on developing improved sensing and controls for nuclear power plants) between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. Dr. Holcomb has also led a DOE sponsored nuclear energy research initiative project to develop a scintillation based neutron flux and temperature probe for use at high temperature reactors.

Mr. Walter Howes
Managing Partner
Verdigris Capital Group

After leaving the U.S.-Department of Energy in May, 2007, Mr. Howes returned to been the Managing Partner of Verdigris Capital, LLC, a merchant banking firm focused on companies, technologies and projects in, the areas of sustainable – energy, water, transportation, and agriculture. Verdigris invests in, partners with and advises companies and projects in these sectors, both in the US and Internationally.

 

Mr. Howes served at the DOE, holding numerous positions, under four Secretaries’ of Energy.  As the first Director of the Loan Guarantee Office, Mr. Howes formed a ground breaking, new entity, now responsible for awarding and directing over $35 billion in Federal Loan’s and Guarantees intended to drive the expanded commercialization of clean, innovative energy projects. He also served as the first DOE complex-wide Director of Acquisition Reform.

 

In addition to his government service, Mr. Howes has over 35 years of private market experience in global investment and commercial banking, private equity, venture capital, Public-Private Partnerships and international privatization activities. Prior to founding Verdigris Capital in 2000, he was President of the EBI Capital Group, Vice President of Credit Suisse First Boston, Vice President of Citicorp, and served with the Ministry of Industry & Finance for the Czech Government in the early 1990’s.

 

Mr. Howes graduated with honors from Duke University in 1979, with majors in both Chemistry and Economics.  He has an MBA in International Finance from New York University.  He serves on numerous boards and committees and is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to energy, sustainability, technology commercialization and related markets.

 

Formerly, these include member of the United Nations Development Program - Committee on Capital Markets, Board member and Chair of the Corporate Committee for Duke University’s School of the Environment, Chair of the Privatization Committee for DOE’s Environmental Management Advisory Board, and Senior Fellow - The Atlantic Council.  Currently, on Board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-DC, the International Board of Advisors of the Korean Institute of Energy Research(KIER), Board of Advisors of the Global America Business Institute (GABI), Senior Advisor – Nuclear Infrastructure Council and Board of Directors of The Ocean Foundation.  He had a longstanding role as a Senior Editor of the Climate Change Business Journal.

 

Mr. Simon Irish
Chief Executive, Director
Terrestrial Energy

Simon Irish co-founded Terrestrial Energy Inc., in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.  He has over 20 years of investment banking and asset management experience in top-tier investment firms in both New York and London, complemented by a formal education in the quantitative sciences and quantitative finance.

 

In 2009, Mr. Irish founded SWH Capital LLC a New York based investment firm to focus on innovative businesses in the financial, energy and healthcare sectors. Mr. Irish is the former Head of MGS in North America, investment division of Man Group PLC where his responsibilities extended to sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities.. During his tenure at Man, Mr. Irish ran a strategic deal program, which was one of the largest and most active seed investment businesses in North America.  In conjunction with this Mr. Irish was responsible for sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities for Man Group Plc.

 

Mr. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.  

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Mr. Shane Johnson

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology Demonstration & Deployment - Office of Nuclear Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation in the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) where he is responsible for NE’s competitive research and infrastructure development programs, NE’s advanced modeling and simulation programs, and the Nuclear Science User Facilities. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Johnson spent over seven years of service as NE’s Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.  He has previously held other senior NE management positions including: Deputy Director for Technology, Associate Director for Advanced Nuclear Research, and Associate Director for Technology and International Cooperation.

 

Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in the renaissance of nuclear energy in the U.S. launching several important initiatives, such as the highly successful Nuclear Power 2010 program which resulted in the design and licensing approval and start of construction of four new commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. and the Nuclear Energy University Program which has resulted in over $400 million in R&D, infrastructure, and scholarship/fellowship awards to the nation’s universities since 2009. In addition, Mr. Johnson’s leadership has been instrumental in the development of critical R&D capabilities necessary to support nuclear energy, especially at the Idaho National Laboratory, and at many of the U.S. nuclear engineering universities.  

 

In 2006, Mr. Johnson served as the inaugural Co-Chair of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group and was instrumental in the normalization of U.S. nuclear cooperation with India.  In addition, Mr. Johnson served as the U.S. representative to the Generation IV International Forum and was instrumental in expanding membership of the intergovernmental forum to include China and Russia during his 2005-2006 chairmanship. 

 

Mr. Johnson has been responsible for the Department's national and international civilian nuclear energy technology development programs including development of next-generation reactor and fuel cycle technologies, nuclear-assisted hydrogen generation systems, and support of the Nation's university nuclear engineering programs and research reactors. He has negotiated and finalized multiple international research and development agreements on behalf of the U.S. government.

 

Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of management and engineering experience in both government and private industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer. Mr. Johnson was a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award - recognized for his exceptional leadership, long-term accomplishments, and consistent demonstration of strength, integrity, industry, and commitment to excellence in public service.

 

Mr. Michael Keller 

President and CEO

Hybrid Power Technologies, LLC

Hybrid Power Technologies LLC was formed in the summer of 2005 to develop and promote a new family of hybrid power plants that use nuclear and fossil fuel sources. The hybrid-nuclear approach is a major technological breakthrough that offers the real possibility of energy independence and a sustainable energy future.

United States Patent 7, 961, 785 was issued in June of 2011 for this unique and never previously proposed hybrid technology.

Mr. Keller is a 40 year veteran of the power industry with extensive and wide-ranging management, business, operations, design, engineering and technical expertise. This in-depth and world-wide experience has been acquired while working for utilities, plant designers, construction companies and equipment manufacturers. Extensive “hands-on” experience with a wide range of generating stations, including combined-cycle power plants (oil, gas, propane and liquefied natural gas fired), simple-cycle gas turbines, nuclear and coal power plants as well as steam-methane reformer hydrogen plants.

Dr. Hussein Khalil 

Director, Nuclear Energy and Security Program
Distinguished Fellow

Argonne National Laboratory

Hussein S. Khalil is director of Argonne's Nuclear Energy and Security Program. He oversees the Lab's research on nuclear reactor technology and nuclear non-proliferation. He joined Argonne in 1983 and has carried out research to optimize fast-reactor core design and improve computational methods for reactor physics, dynamics and fuel cycle analysis.

Dr. Khalil is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. He earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1996.

 

Mr. Llewellyn King

Executive Producer

White House Chronicle

Llewellyn King is the host and executive producer of "White House Chronicle" — a news and public affairs program airing on PBS and public access television channels nationwide, and on XM Satellite Radio.

He is also a nationally syndicated columnist.

 

A journalist for more than 50 years, Mr. King has worked for Time, London's Daily Mirror, the BBC, The New York Herald Tribune — and The Washington Post.

 

Prior to the 1973 energy crisis, he founded The Energy Daily — the flagship of King Publishing Group, his newsletter publishing company, whose other titles included Defense Week and New Technology Week.

Mr. King has commented on a range of subjects for the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," NPR, CNN, C-SPAN and Voice of America.

 

He is the author of "Washington and the World — 2001-2005," a collection of his op-ed columns distributed by Knight-Ridder Syndicate and published in newspapers throughout the United States, including The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Columbus Dispatch and The Providence Journal.

 

Mr. Bruce Lacy

President

Lacy Consulting Group

Mr. Lacy’s experience prior to founding Lacy Consulting Group in 2006 includes twenty seven years of nuclear power plant and utility management experience involving virtually all aspects of commercial nuclear power. In addition to his management responsibilities for licensing, maintenance, refueling outages, engineering, and nuclear business strategy, he also led major projects involving spent nuclear fuel storage, development of a multi-owner seven unit nuclear power plant operating company, and sale and transfer of utility nuclear assets.

Mr. Lacy holds a B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts institute of Technology

Mr. Lacy is a regular speaker and writer on nuclear issues both in the US and internationally.

 

Dr. Eric Loewen
Chief Consulting Engineer
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Dr. Eric Loewen is Chief Consulting Engineer at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) in Wilmington, North Carolina. His current work involves leading GEH’s efforts to deploy the integral fast reactor PRISM, a small modular reactor (SMR) that will recycle spent nuclear fuel from the current fleet of light water reactors and also fission and eliminate weapons grade material.

Loewen has been a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) since 1987 holding a variety of leadership positions. He is currently the Immediate Past President, having served as President from June 2011 to June 2012. Loewen received both his Masters and PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Mr. Michael McGough

Chief Commercial Officer

NuScale Power

In his role at NuScale, Mike McGough oversees all sales, marketing, business development, proposal management, tradeshows, media relations, website, and branding.

McGough joined NuScale from UniStar Nuclear where he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, with responsibilities for business development, communications, and advocacy.

McGough is a 37-year veteran of the commercial nuclear industry, working as a vendor for companies supporting nuclear plants worldwide. He has been involved in new plants at Westinghouse and UniStar, dry fuel storage as senior vice president for NAC International, low level waste management and decommissioning at Duratek and Energy Solutions. He was senior vice president then President of PCI Energy Services where he spent 11 years working mechanical projects such as steam generator replacements and decommissionings.

McGough holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Metallurgy from Washington State University, and MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University.

 

Hon. Jeffrey Merrifield
Former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
&

Chairman, USNIC Advanced Reactor Task Force;
Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Jeffrey Merrifield is a partner in the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s energy practice.  Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.

 

Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Merrifield served as President of The Merrifield Group, LLC where he provided energy and environmental consulting, advocacy and strategic advice for companies, organizations and individuals. Specific areas of focus included management, energy market analysis, nuclear, fossil and alternative energy policy and deployment, radioactive and hazardous waste disposal strategies, safety and regulatory assessment and analysis, as well as public and government engagement.

 

Before working with the Merrifield Group, Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years.

 

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group's executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group's external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.

 

Mr. Merrifield also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Ecology Corporation, which is one of the largest U.S. operators of both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. He served as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.

 

Currently, Mr. Merrifield serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council’s Advanced Reactors Task Force.  Composed of more than 70 companies, the Council is the leading business consortium advocate for new nuclear energy and the promotion of the American supply chain globally.

 

Mr. Paul Murphy

Managing Director, Energy Group

Gowling WLG

Paul Murphy’s practice focuses covers multiple aspects of the energy and infrastructure project sector. From project development and structuring to contracting and financing, Paul's practice has spanned a variety of sectors, to include nuclear power, thermal power, renewable energy, PPP structures, pipelines, LNG facilities, process technologies, and emerging technologies.

In the nuclear sector, Paul has experience in multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating viable nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, lenders, and contractors on nuclear projects globally.

He has been recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, and the US government for his knowledge and work in the development and financing of nuclear power programs. He currently serves on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program team, which assists member states in developing nuclear power programs. He has served as a designated advisor, chairman, and author at several special meetings and for multiple working groups of the IAEA, NEA, and IFNEC, primarily involving the development, financing, and structuring of nuclear power projects.

He has served as a three-time appointee on the US Secretary of Commerce’s Civilian Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee and has been recognized for the last three years in the publication, Who's Who Legal: Energy.

Mr. Paul Murphy

Managing Director, Energy Group

Gowling WLG

Paul Murphy’s practice focuses covers multiple aspects of the energy and infrastructure project sector. From project development and structuring to contracting and financing, Paul's practice has spanned a variety of sectors, to include nuclear power, thermal power, renewable energy, PPP structures, pipelines, LNG facilities, process technologies, and emerging technologies.

In the nuclear sector, Paul has experience in multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating viable nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, lenders, and contractors on nuclear projects globally.

He has been recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, and the US government for his knowledge and work in the development and financing of nuclear power programs. He currently serves on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program team, which assists member states in developing nuclear power programs. He has served as a designated advisor, chairman, and author at several special meetings and for multiple working groups of the IAEA, NEA, and IFNEC, primarily involving the development, financing, and structuring of nuclear power projects.

He has served as a three-time appointee on the US Secretary of Commerce’s Civilian Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee and has been recognized for the last three years in the publication, Who's Who Legal: Energy.

 

Ms. Cindy Pezze

Vice President of Global Technology Development & Chief Technology Officer

Westinghouse Electric Company

Cindy Pezze, currently serves as Westinghouse Electric’s vice president & chief technology officer.  Pezze is responsible for overseeing the technology that solidifies Westinghouse as a global technology leader in the nuclear field.

 

She’s had a robust career at Westinghouse that led her to where she is now. Over 31 years, she’s been promoted to higher and higher levels. Most recently, she went from director of systems and risk applications and growing a $100 million portfolio, to serving as chief engineer for Westinghouse’s New Plants Engineering division.

It is there she leads the operation responsible for the most advanced nuclear plant in the world — the AP1000.

 

Pezze has bachelor degrees in mathematics from Allegheny College and metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed executive management programs at Duquesne University’s Beard Institute and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

 

Dr. Jose Reyes
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
NuScale Power

Dr. Reyes is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. He is an internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing and operations for nuclear power plants. He has served as a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical expert on passive safety systems. He is a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending in 20 countries. He has received two national awards; the 2013 Nuclear Energy Advocate Award and the 2014 American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulic Division Technical Achievement Award. He was recently elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

At Oregon State University, Dr. Reyes served as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. He directed the Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory (ATHRL) and was the co-director of the Battelle Energy Alliance Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) for Thermal Fluids and Reactor Safety in support of the Idaho National Laboratory mission. Additionally, Dr. Reyes was the OSU principal investigator for the AP600 and AP1000 certification test programs sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse.

Prior to joining the faculty at OSU in 1987, Dr. Reyes worked nearly 10 years as a thermal hydraulics research engineer in the Reactor Safety Division of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. He is the author of numerous journal articles and technical reports, including a book chapter on SMRs for an ASME B&PV Codes and Standards handbook. He has given lectures and keynote addresses to professional nuclear organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is a professional engineer and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society.

 

Dr. Thomas Roberts

Vice President, Computational Physics

Muons, Inc.

Dr. Thomas J. Roberts is a Scientist and Vice President for Technology Development at MuPlus, Inc. Having spent 17 years in experimental High Energy Physics and 24 years as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, he is a physicist and computer scientist with broad experience in all aspects of software development, systems architecture, and computational physics. Dr. Roberts is the author of G4beamline [3], a simulation program based on the Geant4 toolkit that is optimized for particle beams and systems. Dr. Roberts is also the Level 2 Manager for Cooling in the Muon Accelerator Program (MAP) [1], and an active participant in MAP’s simulation efforts.

 

Mr. Mark Satorius

Senior Vice President, Executive Performance Solutions

EXCEL Services Corporation

&

Former Executive Director for Operations

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Mark Satorius serves as EXCEL's Senior Vice President of Executive Regulatory Services.  Prior to joining EXECL, Mark spent 26 years at the NRC, where he served in several senior leadership positions, including Administrator, NRC Region III; Director, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Programs; and as the Executive Director for Operations (EDO).  As the EDO, he was the chief operating officer of the Commission, and was authorized and directed to discharge all the operational and administrative functions necessary for the day-to-day operations of the agency.  

 

Mark has testified before Congressional Committees and at NRC Commission Meetings on topics such as safety and security issues at licensed nuclear facilities.  Since retiring from the NRC, Mark has been appointed to the United Arab Emirates International Advisory Group where he provides safety and security insights to the Emirati Regulator as they prepare to transition their first nuclear power plant from construction to operations. 

 

Mark was also a nuclear submarine officer with extensive operational experience aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.  He attained formal certification from the Director of the Naval Reactors Program as a Qualified Nuclear Engineering Officer.

 

Dr. Alfred Sattelberger

Chairman, Fuel Cycle Subcommittee

DOE Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee

&
Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs, Chief Research Officer, and Senior Intelligence Official

Argonne National Laboratory 

Alfred P. Sattelberger is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs, Chief Research Officer, and Senior Intelligence Official at Argonne National Laboratory. He is responsible for managing the interactions of Argonne’s scientific programs with federal, state, and local stakeholders, including DOE and other sponsors, and for building relationships with other national laboratories, the university community, and international collaborators that enable new groundbreaking research and large-scale programs.

Sattelberger has been at Argonne since 2006 and has served as the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical, Biological and Computing Sciences, ALD for Physical Sciences, Interim ALD for Applied Sciences and Technology, and ALD for Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis.

Sattelberger obtained a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Argonne, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan and a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Los Alamos, he held several scientific management positions and was named a Senior Laboratory Fellow in 2005. He is a founding member and past-president of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

Sattelberger’s personal research interests span actinide coordination and organometallic chemistry, fundamental technetium chemistry, metal-metal bonding, and catalysis. He is the author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds four U.S. patents. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and is a past-chair of the Chemistry Section of the AAAS and the Inorganic Chemistry Division of ACS. He chairs the Fuel Cycle Subcommittee of DOE's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee and is the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Association's Standing Advisory Group for Nuclear Applications (SAGNA). Sattelberger also holds adjunct faculty appointments in the chemistry departments at Northwestern University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

Dr. Robert Schleicher
Chief Nuclear Engineer
General Atomics

Dr. Schleicher is a Chief Nuclear Engineer at General Atomics, where he has been an employee for over 40 years. During this time, he has been a contributor and innovator in the fields of nuclear fission, magnetic and inertial fusion and high energy lasers. At present, he is the co-inventor and technical leader for the EM2 nuclear reactor, an advanced helium-cooled, convert and burn reactor. 

 

Dr. Schleicher believes that fission is an essential energy component in the world for the next two centuries. He is working to cross-fertilize technologies and materials from other fields to improve the safety and economics of nuclear fission. His previous experience includes 10 years developing innovative solid-state lasers. He is the co-inventor of the HELLADS high power military laser. Prior to that time, he worked in General Atomics’ Fusion Division and was appointed to the ITER Joint Central Team where he was responsible for tokomak electrical systems. Dr. Schleicher also led a team to develop innovative methods of water purification and desalination with reduced energy consumption. He has a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Applied Physics. He is the author or co-author of over 40 articles and papers on advanced energy production technologies. 

 

Dr. Schleicher is committed to innovation and technology advancement in the energy field. He believes that the engineering and science community must advance substantially new and better concepts in order to have significant influence in the direction of the global nuclear economy. He believes that new ideas are key to attracting talented young minds into the nuclear field to make these technologies a reality.

 

Mr. John P. Segala

Chief, Advanced Reactor and Policy Branch

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Mr. John P. Segala is the Chief of the Advanced Reactor and Policy Branch in the Division of Engineering, Infrastructure, and Advanced Reactors in the Office of New Reactors at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  John has served in a number of progressively more responsible positions at the NRC, including the Chief of the Containment and Ventilation Branch, Chief of the EPR Projects Branch, and Chief of the Balance of Plant Branch in both the Office of New Reactors and the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.  He has over 25 years of Federal service and was a graduate of NRC’s Leadership Potential Program in 2006.  John received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1990.

 

Mr. Nicholas V. Smith

Senior Engineer

Southern Company

Nicholas Smith is a Senior Engineer working in Research for Southern Company’s Advanced Energy Systems group, which is responsible for technology scouting and development. The group’s goal is to facilitate the deployment of Generation IV nuclear reactor technologies. Nicholas has work with EPRI, NEI, INPO, NRC, DOE and Industry to identify feasible reactor designs and coordinate their development and deployment. 

Nicholas is currently working on his Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering at NC State University in Raleigh. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2007. Nicholas also received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nicholas was a Varsity starter for the San Diego State football team and played professionally with the New York Jets in 2007.

 
 

Dr. Chris Stanek
National Technical Director, DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Chris Stanek is the National Technical Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program, and was previously the focus area lead of Materials Performance Optimization for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs (CASL) Energy Innovation.  Stanek received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University where he was a McMullen Scholar and his Ph.D. in Materials from Imperial College London. His research interests focus on the interaction between multidimensional defects in ceramics, primarily via atomistic simulation techniques.  Stanek has a particular interest in materials for nuclear energy, including transmutation fuels, crystalline waste forms and scintillator radiation detectors. Stanek has published over one hundred papers related to defect behavior in ceramics.

Mr. Donald Wolf

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & CEO

Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC

Mr. Wolf, a founding shareholder of ARC, is a business executive and venture capital investor who has had senior level/founder responsibilities in many different businesses. He is the co-founder of Societe TIGRE SARL (France) and founder of European Property Partners LLC (U.S.), a real estate private equity business based in Paris and Washington, DC. His firms have funded and closed over $700 million in property transactions internationally, including the purchase/development of over 45 office/light industrial buildings and over 1,100 residential apartments.

Prior to founding the TIGRE/EPP venture, Mr. Wolf was a general partner in The Holladay Group, a real estate development company operating in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. He was President of Brandywine Enterprises, a building materials, construction and solid waste business with over 100 employees, and President of Mid-Atlantic Hotel Group, a hotel management company with over 250 employees. Mr. Wolf was also a lawyer with Coudert Bros., an international law firm, where his work focused on mergers and acquisitions. He began his career as an analyst in the Systems Analysis Group of the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, a group created by Robert McNamara that provided planning, programming, budgeting and other analytical functions for the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Wolf earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

 

The Advanced Reactors Summit VII

& Technology Trailblazers Showcase

@ University of Tennessee

February 11-12, 2020| Knoxville. Tennessee

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The Advanced Reactors Summit VII & 

Technology Trailblazers Showcase

February 11-12, 2020 | Knoxville, Tennessee

About USNIC

The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) is the leading U.S. business consortium advocate for new nuclear and promotion of the American supply chain globally. Composed of over 80 companies USNIC represents the "Who's Who" of the nuclear supply chain community, including key utility movers, technology developers, construction engineers, manufacturers and service providers. USNIC encompasses eight working groups and select task forces including an Advanced Reactors Task Force. For more information visit www.usnic.org.