Webinar Series

The Webinar Series on Nuclear Energy

The nuclear engineering program at Virginia Tech is initiating a webinar series dedicated to the development of the nuclear energy technology, science and policy in order to promote this clean, safe, reliable, and sustainable source of energy. The goal is also to promote the research and deployment of this technology through seminars, following discussion, and new idea by gathering as many people as possible in the US (including people from DOE, NRC, National laboratories, universities, and companies), and also around the world. This webinar will reach different countries in North and South America, Europe, and also in Asia. The seminar will last one hour, including 30 min for the presentation and 30 min for the follow-up discussion. We will use zoom as a platform to conduct the webinar.

List of Speakers & Schedule (Fall 2020)

Sept 11, 2020 - Dr. Rita Baranwal , Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy (DOE)
"Office of Nuclear Energy R&D," For more information click here.
Video: view the recording of the webinar

Oct 9, 2020 - April Wade (Executive Director) & John Harrell (Board Chairman), Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC) Nonprofit Organization,
"The Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium and the Future of the Nuclear Industry in the Commonwealth,"
For more information click here.
Click here to view the recording of this webinar.

Oct 16, 2020 - Craig Piercy, Executive Director and CEO, American Nuclear Society,
"The Nuclear Industry & COVID-19,"
For more information and registration click here.
click here to view the recoding of this webinar.

Oct 30, 2020 - Dr. Robert Martin, Lead, Methods Development in Safety, BWXT Technologies
“Science-Based Nuclear Design and Safety in the Emerging Age of Data Based Analytics"
For more information and registration click here.

Nov 6, 2020 - Dr. John Wagner, Associate Lab Director, Idaho National Lab,
"Challenges and Opportunities for Nuclear Energy"
For more information and registration, click here.

Nov 13, 2020 - Prof. Francesco Velardi, the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy,
"Reliability of Silicon Carbide Based Power Devices in Radiation Environment"
For more information and registration, click here.

Nov 20, 2020 - Prof. Todd Allen, Department Head, University of Michigan,
"21st Century Nuclear Energy"
For more information and registration click here

Dec 11, 2020 - Dr. Luka Snoj, Head of Reactor Physics Division (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia), Associate Prof. (Ljubljana University)
"Role of Research Reactor for Advancement of Nuclear Reactor Technologies"
For more information and registration, click here.

Organization and contacts

*Dr. Celine Hin, Associate Professor of NE & MSE (celhin@vt.edu) (Organizer)

*Dr. Alireza Haghighat, Prof. and Director of NE (haghighat@vt.edu) (Co-Organizer)

*Allison Jones, Program Coordinator, ME Department (arjones@vt.edu) (Co-Organizer, Webinar host)

*Alex Parrish, Publicity and Communication Manager, ME Department (Support)