Titans Of Nuclear | Interviewing World Experts on Nuclear Energy

By Bret Kugelmass, Energy Impact Center

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A podcast featuring interviews with experts throughout the Nuclear Energy field, covering advanced technology, economics, policy, industry, and more.

Episode Date
Ep 364: Rep. Byron Donalds - Representative for Florida's 19th Congressional District, House of Representatives

1) Rep. Donald’s background working in finance and his inspiration to join the House of Representatives 

2) A deep dive into the role clean, baseload power plays in enabling innovation

3) A look at the roadblocks in current domestic nuclear development and how to overcome those roadblocks

4) Rep. Donald’s vision for the future he hopes to help enable

Aug 04, 2022
Ep 363: Philip Johnson - UxC

1) Philip Johnson’s career working at UxC starting as an analyst and working up to VP of Fuel Cycle 

2) A deep dive into uranium markets and UxC’s role as a leading data source

3) The impact of geopolitical issues on uranium markets

4) A look at new nuclear development projects and opportunities for SMRs around the world

Jul 29, 2022
Ep 362: Dominique Minière - Executive VP, International and Domestic New Nuclear Development, Ontario Power Generation

1) Dominique Minière's long career with EDF and his transition to Ontario Power Generation 

2) The relationship between OPG and Global First Power and the work they are doing with USNC

3) An update on OPG’s SMR project with GE Hitachi at the Darlington site 

4) Dominique’s vision for the future of nuclear energy in Canada 

Jul 15, 2022
Ep 361: Ian Grant - Principal, Ian Grant Consulting

1) Ian Grant’s early career working for Babcock and Wilcox in the United Kingdom

2) Ian’s move to Canada working with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited 

3) CANDU reactor's unique design and the technological advantages they offer 

4) Ian’s vision for the future of SMRs and nuclear energy development

Jul 05, 2022
Ep 360: Jim Howe - Vice President, Government Relations , Centrus Energy Corp

1) Jim Howe’s career path from the Coast Guard to nuclear fuel enrichment 

2) A deep dive into the history of Centrus Energy and their unique role in the nuclear fuel cycle 

3) How Jim’s role in government relations contributes to Centrus’ overall mission 

4) Jim’s vision for the future of nuclear energy and nuclear fuel 

Jun 24, 2022
Ep 359: Brett Plummer - NB Power

1) Brett Plummer walks us through his career evolution starting in the naval nuclear program 

2) Brett’s role at NB Power and the steps he’s taken to help them drive towards excellence 

3) SMR development in New Brunswick and NB Power’s work with Moltex and ARC Canada

4) Brett’s vision for the future of nuclear power in Canada and around the world

Jun 13, 2022
Ep 358: Chris Keefer - Host, Decouple Podcast

1) Chris' journey to nuclear advocacy and the changes he's seen in overall attitudes towards nuclear 

2) A deep dive into green bonds and nuclear's role in green financing frameworks

3) Nuclear power in Canada and the important role it plays in the country's clean energy generation

4) Nuclear messaging and ways the nuclear industry can improve their communications strategies

May 10, 2022
Ep 357: Craig Lester - Director of Strategic Development, DBD International

1) Craig’s background working in multiple areas of government

2) Craig’s previous role as Deputy Director of Advanced Nuclear Innovation for BEIS

3) How the SMR landscape in the UK has changed over the years 

4) Craig’s vision for the future of nuclear in the UK and around the world

Apr 28, 2022
Ep 356: His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi - Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

1) His Excellency’s background growing up in Abu Dhabi and his early interest in engineering 

2) A deep dive into the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and the success of the Barakah Project 

3) The UAE’s role in nuclear power development and opportunities for further growth 

4) His Excellency’s vision for the future of nuclear energy in the UAE and around the world 

Apr 14, 2022
Ep 355: Jake DeWitte - Oklo

1) Jake’s background growing up in New Mexico and being around nuclear energy from a young age 

2) A deep dive into the founding of Oklo and what makes their technology unique  

3) How Oklo is navigating challenges associated with licensing in the United States

4) Jake’s vision for Oklo’s future and how they are continuing to push forward 

Mar 30, 2022
Ep 354: Katie Silver - Regional Project Director, Reuters Events

1. Katie Silver recaps her career and explains how she became the lead on the Reuters SMR and Advanced Reactor conference

2. A look into this year's conference and some of the upcoming speakers. 

3. Katie's vision for the future of nuclear energy

To learn more about this year's conference visit Reuters Events

Mar 14, 2022
Ep 353: Ed Calabrese - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1) Ed's early introduction to the nuclear industry through dose and risk assessment studies

2) The history of the linear no-threshold model

3) Challenges and criticisms of the linear no-threshold model 

4) Ed's vision for the future of radiation studies  

Mar 02, 2022
Ep 352: David Frum - Staff Writer, The Atlantic

1) David Frum on how early experiences informed his view on the emerging carbon issues 

2) The context of Germany’s recent anti-nuclear decisions and other critical pivot points for the nation 

3) A deep dive into the scale of the current carbon issue and how it could change globally 

4) Why global wealth & prosperity is the key to cleaner energy and air  

Feb 17, 2022
Ep 351: Jonathan Hackett - Managing Director, Co-head of Energy Transition & Head of Sustainable Finance, BMO Financial Group

1) Jonathan Hackett's background studying physics and how he translated that into a career in finance 

2) Background on green bonds and BMO's role in the issuance of the first nuclear green bond 

3) What the issuance of a nuclear green bond indicates about nuclear's role in green financing frameworks going forward 

4) The rapid growth of sustainable finance over the past few years and the challenges/opportunities if presents for nuclear 

Feb 02, 2022
Ep 350: Scott Bailey - Vice President of Supply Chain, NuScale Power
1) Scott Bailey shares how his journey through merchant marines and traditional nuclear brought him to small modular reactors 

2) Why simplicity in design and supply chain are some of NuScale’s greatest assets 

3) A deep dive on NuScale’s manufacturing, assembly, and deployment strategies 

4) Two key deliverables to get from vendors to mitigate risk in the design for the manufacturing stage

Jan 24, 2022
Ep 349: Thomas Jam Pedersen - Copenhagen Atomics

1) How Thomas Jam Pederson made the jump from the IT industry to molten salt reactors 

2) How Copenhagen Atomics is bringing new nuclear technology paired with a new industry business model 

3) Challenges of operating a nuclear-based business in a country that has outlawed civil nuclear 

4) Why both open source and patented designs are beneficial to the nuclear startup community 

Jan 17, 2022
Ep 348: Jeff Chamberlin - U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration

1) Jeff Chamberlain reflects on the early initiatives to secure vulnerable nuclear materials post-9/11 

2) Role of the US National Nuclear Security Administration in nonproliferation and export control 

3) Strategies for converting highly enriched uranium nuclear reactors to use LEU fuels 

4) Exploring the latest NNSA resource for industry and academia: US Nuclear Nexus

Jan 10, 2022
Ep 347: Jean-Michel Hoorelbeke - Andra

1) Jean-Michel Hoorelbeke’s path to a nuclear energy career through his mining engineering education 

2) How France’s Underground Research Laboratory verified the feasibility of the nuclear waste geological repository 

3) The progression of Cigéo from the research phase to the industrial phase 

4) Remaining research for France’s nuclear waste storage & disposal plans

Jan 03, 2022
Ep 346: Thomas Branche - Assystem

1) Thomas' career trajectory from public service to private industry 

2) The many roles Thomas has played at Assystem across many different geographies 

3) Private industry's role in accelerating the clean energy transition throughout Europe

4) Thomas' vision for the future of nuclear energy around the world 

Dec 22, 2021
Ep 345: Kamen Kraev - NucNet

1) Kamen Kraev's path to journalism and how he ended up writing about nuclear energy 

2) The history of NucNet, one of the world's leading nuclear publications 

3) Communications challenges within nuclear energy and what communications professionals can do to help 

4) Kamen's hopes for the future of nuclear as an energy source 

Dec 20, 2021
Ep 344: Madeleine Archer - Sellafield Ltd.

1) Madeleine's path to nuclear, starting with her industrial placement year at Sellafield

2) Madeleine's previous roles managing operations at Sellafield's sludge packaging facility and fleet maintenance facilities 

3) How Sellafield uses flasks to transport nuclear waste inside and outside of the site 

4) Madeleine's role managing Sellafield's COVID-19 response and maintaining operations throughout the pandemic

Dec 15, 2021
Ep 343: Rory O'Sullivan - Moltex Energy

1) Rory O'Sullivan's early career working in construction and on a wind farm 

2) Rory's introduction to molten salt reactors and his early work researching this technology 

3) A look at Moltex's technology including WATSS which provides the ability to recycle nuclear waste 

4) Rory's vision for future deployment of Moltex reactors in Canada

Dec 13, 2021
Ep 342: Sylvie Bermann - World Nuclear Exhibition

1. Sylvie Bermann's background as the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, France, and Russia. 

2. A deep dive into the 2021 World Nuclear Exhibition and GIFEN's role in hosting the event. 

3. A look at the WNE Awards Ceremony, including the first-ever WNE Fellow Award

4. Sylvie Bermann's vision for the future of nuclear energy in France and around the world 

Dec 10, 2021
Ep. 341- WNE 2021: Introduction

Titans of Nuclear host Jadwiga Najder and producer Olivia Columbus provide an in-depth look at the 2021 World Nuclear Exhibition. 

Dec 08, 2021
Ep 340: Emmet Penney - Nuclear Barbarians

1) Emmet Penney’s philosophical journey to nuclear energy & what changed his mind along the way 

2) A comparison of strategies for nuclear power plant build-out in the US 

3) How to replace coal power with nuclear and why deregulation is the key first step 

4) Challenges in culture & communication in the nuclear space 

Dec 07, 2021
Ep 338: Andy Prendergast - GMB

1) Andy Prendergast introduces the GMB general union and its role in UK’s nuclear industry 

2) Strategies for closing and maintaining the skills gap needed to build new nuclear 

3) UK’s projected job growth related to nuclear technology export 

4) How the GMB is advocating for nuclear’s long term impacts on skilled careers, the UK economy, and global climate change

Nov 18, 2021
Ep 338: Robin Manley - Ontario Power Generation

1) Robin Manley explains how OPG has shifted its small modular reactor (SMR) deployment strategy 

2) The final three contenders for Canada’s first SMR build 

3) How the CNSC is integrated into preliminary design analysis & operating plant monitoring 

4) Looking at future advanced reactor & microreactor possibilities in Ontario

Nov 10, 2021
Ep 337: Cesare Frepoli - FPoli Solutions

1) Cesare Frepoli reflects on how & why he continued to pursue a nuclear engineering career in the aftermath of Chernobyl 

2) The role of integrated test facilities in new nuclear plant safety analyses 

3) How the licensing and certification process is evolving and adapting to another dimension of nuclear power 

4) Keys to building a company and a team focused on complex, technically challenging projects

Nov 01, 2021
Ep 336: Matt Yglesias - Slow Boring

1. Matt’s early career working in blogging and launching Vox

2. Matt’s newest project, Slow Boring, and his recent piece on nuclear power 

3. Differences in regulatory structures between nuclear energy and other heavily regulated sectors

4. Opportunities for new nuclear development around the world 

Oct 27, 2021
Ep 335: Ian Hore-Lacy - World Nuclear Association

1) Ian Hore-Lacy remembers how his book “Nuclear Electricity” came about 40 years ago 

2) The current state of Australia’s energy infrastructure & its stance on nuclear power 

3) Comparing 1960s nuclear power plant construction & ways small modular reactors can improve production cost 

4) The future of nuclear in Australia

Oct 20, 2021
Ep 334: Lonnie Stephenson - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

1. Lonnie's career as an electrical worker and early involvement in the IBEW

2. The IBEW's role representing workers both at the local and federal level

3. Lonnie's recent op-ed on the importance of nuclear energy 

4. Lonnie's role as an advisor to the presidential transition team 

Oct 11, 2021
Ep 333: Robert Hargraves - ThorCon

1. Robert’s early introduction to nuclear energy and thorium reactors 

2. Robert’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed and the linear no-threshold hypothesis 

3. A look at Thorcon’s concept of building a small modular reactor (SMR) using shipbuilding techniques

4. Thorcon’s plans to deploy an SMR in Indonesia

Oct 07, 2021
Ep 332: Adrian Bull - The University of Manchester

1) Adrian Bull’s journey through the nuclear industry, from modeling and research to communications 

2) How Adrian worked with Japanese leadership to rethink communication strategies – direct & indirect - after Fukushima 

3) The process of building & maintaining a nuclear cultural heritage in the UK’s communities 

4) Ways to maximize the supply chain in the UK to support the rollout of new nuclear

Sep 27, 2021
Ep 331: Laura Leay - Science Writer

1) Laura Leay breaks down how inactive versions of high-level nuclear waste are used to study & improve processes 

2) Ways that knowledge exchange programs can be used to build up a facility’s resume to support long-term projects 

3) Technological, generational, and behavioral changes inside the nuclear industry  

4) How familiarity impacts perception and how to bring familiarity to nuclear energy

Sep 13, 2021
Ep 330: Mark Nelson - Radiant Energy Fund

1) Mark Nelson looks at the breakdowns in the nuclear industry today & how attracting top talent can change the course

2) The danger and potential consequences of over-optimization in nuclear power plant design 

3) Mark shares how he made his viral graph comparing CO2 emissions of France and Germany 

4) Why fully operational, paid-for, carbon-free nuclear plants are getting shut down around the world & how to make an impact

Aug 30, 2021
Ep 329: Austin Lo - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1) Austin Lo walks through the process of thermionic energy conversion and why General Motors got involved in nuclear reactor research in the 1960s 

2) Benefits & challenges of thermionics for space nuclear power applications 

3) A comparison of how nuclear R&D has evolved over time and alongside regulatory changes 

4) Expanding nuclear innovation to cultural growth, discovery, and new inventions

Aug 23, 2021
Ep 328: Allan Carson - World Nuclear Association

1) How the UK nuclear market has shifted from decommissioning to new builds and the current state of the industry 

2) Why fully-functioning nuclear reactors require design changes when crossing international borders into new regulatory requirements 

3) Allan Carson’s path to the World Nuclear Association to pursue international cooperation in reactor design

4) Plans for a future with regulatory collaboration and the direct impacts to clean energy & climate change  

Aug 16, 2021
Ep 327: Jay Wileman - GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

1) Jay Wileman explains how the GE and Hitachi partnership started and how it’s evolved over the years 

2) A breakdown of the five different value streams GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy brings to its customers 

3) Advantages of the up-and-coming BWRX-300 reactor in the global nuclear space 

4) Why keeping and maintaining existing nuclear plants is key to achieving climate goals

Aug 09, 2021
Ep 326: Paul Nevitt - National Nuclear Laboratory

1) Why bringing manufacturing back to the UK is critical for controlling emissions
2) Paul Nevitt walks through how his early chemistry linked to nuclear through UK’s defense sector study of actinides
3) Role of the National Nuclear Laboratory in driving collaboration towards achieving climate goals
4) A spotlight on some feature projects at the Nuclear Innovation Research Office

Aug 03, 2021
Ep 325: Jeremy Gordon - Fluent in Energy

1) The story of how Jeremy Gordon stumbled into editing Nuclear Engineering International Magazine with zero background in nuclear 

2) Jeremy’s transition to the World Nuclear Association and how he built World Nuclear News 

3) Fukushima as a case study for how to communicate about a developing emergency situation at a nuclear power plant 

4) Why creating alliances and collaboration with outside sectors is key to salvaging the nuclear industry’s social license

Jul 26, 2021
Ep 324: Callum Thomas - Thomas Thor Associates

1) How Callum Thomas identified the human resources need in the nuclear industry, leading to the startup of his organization, Thomas Thor 

2) Challenges and opportunities in finding and recruiting skilled personnel into the global nuclear workforce 

3) Ways Thomas Thor is advocating for the nuclear industry and encouraging people to do independent research and come to their own conclusions about the technology 

4) Why diversity and inclusion is key to successful collaboration and execution of nuclear projects and, on a bigger scale, achieving net-zero

Jul 21, 2021
Ep 323: Fiona Reilly - FiRE Energy

1. How Fiona Reilly’s nuclear career started as a commercial lawyer visiting a nuclear power plant during a refueling outage 

2. The key to building future nuclear projects through a combination of risk sharing and profit sharing 

3. How technology parks, medical isotopes, and fusion can play an important role in UK’s leveling up economic agenda 

4. Considerations for financing energy projects and a breakdown of early project development costs

Jul 14, 2021
Ep 322: Jason Crawford - Roots of Progress

1) What led Jason Crawford to make the jump from Silicon Valley to a focus on the history of technology and philosophy of progress 

2) How Jason got into writing and connected with some of his favorite economic historians through a viral post on the invention of the bicycle 

3) The critical events that strangled nuclear energy progress in its early years and a look at the bottlenecks it faces today

4) A sneak peek of Jason’s book, Roots of Progress, and a call to action to pay it forward to future generations through technological advancement

Jul 12, 2021
Ep 321: Lindsay Morton - National Cancer Institute

1) Lindsay Morton reflects on how she discovered the field of epidemiology and how it satisfied her love for math, biology, and research 

2) How the National Cancer Institute contributes to global cancer research and a look at the projects they pursue internally 

3) Why studying the impacts of radiation on the human body is so complex and some of the testing methodologies and biometrics used 

4) A review of past and ongoing cancer studies related to the Chernobyl incident and how it informs data in new incidents, like at Fukushima 

Jul 07, 2021
Ep 320: Stephen Chanock - National Cancer Institute

1. Dr. Chanock's early career in medicine, dedicating his work to cancer research 

2. The National Cancer Institute's role within the National Institute of Health and why they decided to pursue studies on Chernobyl

3. A deep dive into the NCI's two most recent studies on Chernobyl, the largest of their kind 

4. A look at the results of those studies and their larger applications for public health

Jun 30, 2021
Ep 319: Andrzej Strupczewski - National Center for Nuclear Research

1. Andrzej's early career leading the startup of Poland's Maria research reactor

2. His work at the IAEA and experiences traveling to plants around the world 

3. Lessons learned about the safety of nuclear power plants from the Fukushima accident

4. Andrzej's belief's around changing the approach to the effects of small doses of radiation  

Jun 28, 2021
Ep 318: Michel Berthélemy - Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD)

1. Michel's early work as an economist with the CEA

2. Michel's shift into the policy space at the OECD-NEA

3. The economics of nuclear energy and how it differs from other energy sectors

4. Learning from past experiences in the development of new nuclear projects

Jun 23, 2021
Ep 317: Ben Levitt - Zap Energy

1) Ben Levitt reflects on the path that led him through the world of physics into fusion technology development at Zap Energy 

2) How observations from the 18th century contributed to the understanding of the Z-pinch concept 

3) The process of achieving scientific and commercial break-even in deuterium-tritium fusion

4) Why fusion is key to the success and sustainability of humanity now and in the future

Jun 21, 2021
Ep 316: Arun Khuttan, Sophie Zienkiewicz, Neil Calder - Net Zero Needs Nuclear

1) Arun Khuttan gives a brief history of COP and how the nuclear community has been involved in the past 

2) Neil Calder introduces how the Net Zero Needs Nuclear campaign is asking international leaders to reassess their energy policies 

3) Sophie Zienkiewicz explains the outreach strategy, both within and outside the nuclear sector, for starting more conversations around nuclear 

4) Why the younger generation of nuclear professionals is so passionate about fighting climate change with this technology 

Jun 16, 2021
Ep 315: George Verberg - Urenco

1) George Verberg’s early exposure to energy working in the Government of the Netherlands

2) His work in natural gas at Gasunie and as President of the International Gas Union 

3) George’s work as a nuclear advocate in the Netherlands 

4) Future opportunities for nuclear development in the Netherlands 

Jun 09, 2021
Ep 314: Richard Meserve - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

1. Richard Meserve's accidental introduction to nuclear working in the White House Science Advisor's office during Three Mile Island

2. Richard's appointment to the NRC and his role as Chairman  

3. Takeaways from the Fukushima accident its impact on perceptions of nuclear 

4. Opportunities for the development of advanced reactors and their role in tackling climate change 

Jun 07, 2021
Ep 313: Esam Hussein - University of Regina

1) Esam Hussein’s journey from Egypt to Canada in the pursuit of a career in nuclear engineering 

2) An in-depth look at the intricacies of the CANDU reactors and how they’ve evolved 

3) A comparative analysis of different SMR designs in terms of technology and modularity

4) How to optimize capital cost and operating cost in nuclear power plants

Jun 01, 2021
Ep 312: Isabelle Boemeke - Isodope

1) Isabelle Boemeke’s journey through her modeling career, leading her to entrepreneurship and eventually, environmentalism 

2) How Isodope, Isabelle’s social media character, is making nuclear energy relatable and relevant for the masses

3)Strategies for educating and engaging the public in climate change conversation 

4) A look at the electricity & emissions impacts California will see if Diablo Canyon shuts down for good

May 26, 2021
Ep 311: Chris Gadomski - Bloomberg New Energy Finance

1) How Chris Gadomski’s childhood memories of the 1970s oil embargo shaped his view on energy forever 

2) The links between oil, renewables, and nuclear through the STEEP plus W analysis 

3) A comparison of the nuclear industries in China, Russia, and the United States through the decades

4) Why operating nuclear reactors are getting shut down in the US and the impact on net-zero goals if the trend continues

May 24, 2021
Ep 310: Rickey Ruff - Global Nuclear Concepts

1) How the global fashion industry led Rickey Ruff to go door-to-door to factories in Hong Kong 

2) The role of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Rickey’s journey to pursue clean energy 

3) Why the international fashion supply chain is the perfect industry for microreactor deployment 

4) This year’s newest feature at the New York Fashion Week: nuclear energy

May 19, 2021
Ep 309: Anicet Touré - Tractebel Engie

1) Anicet Touré gives a brief history of Belgium’s nuclear industry and the role of Tractebel 

2) The opposing influences of Germany and France on Europe’s stance on nuclear 

3) Four questions to ask when determining the business case of small modular reactors in your country 

4) How SMRs can open new market opportunities for multiple industries, including the steel and petrochemical sectors

May 17, 2021
Ep 308: Steven Arndt - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1) A look at Steven Arndt’s early studies in nuclear instrumentation & controls and probabilistic risk assessments

2) How the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has adapted to a changing industry over the years

3) What the regulation change or exemption process looks like for new reactor licensees 

4) How the American Nuclear Society is working to get nuclear on a level playing field in the energy industry

May 12, 2021
Ep 307: Sama Bilbao y León - World Nuclear Association

1) Sama’s introduction to the energy industry and how she got hooked on nuclear

2) The study of heat transfer correlation between corium and concrete in a core meltdown

3) How to address the system cost of energy technologies and factor in decarbonization

4) Why it’s important to get nuclear energy included in Europe’s sustainable financing taxonomy

May 10, 2021
Ep 306: Zion Lights - Emergency Reactor

1) What led Zion Lights to change her mind and dedicate her life to sharing nuclear with others

2) Why traditional conversations surrounding nuclear limit our ability to stop climate change

3) A sneak peek into Zion’s new grassroots movement, Emergency Reactor

4) How to take action against climate change and participate during a pandemic

May 05, 2021
Ep 305: Bismark Tyobeka - National Nuclear Regulator

1) How Dr. Bismark Tyobeka’s early interest in physics led him into the study of radiation and nuclear reactors

2) A brief history of nuclear technology development in South Africa

3) The importance of collaboration in Dr. Tyobeka’s professional development

4) What the future of nuclear looks like in South Africa, and some global insights

May 03, 2021
Ep 304: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar - American Nuclear Society

1) What led Mary Lou to shift from teaching high school students to a joint appointment at Idaho National Labs and Idaho State University 

2) Her work in South Africa at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor

3) Mary Lou's involvement in the American Nuclear Society from member to president 

4) The many applications of nuclear and opportunities it offers for the future 

Apr 28, 2021
Ep 303: Lars Roobol - RIVM

1) Why Lars Roobol’s early interest in radiation was triggered by the incident at Chernobyl

2) How the material test reactor in the Netherlands contributes to nuclear medicine

3) A comparison of risk communication and public perception of nuclear and other industries

4) Lars discusses some market incentives to encourage clean energy across sectors

Apr 26, 2021
Ep 302: Dan Stout - Tennessee Valley Authority

1) Dan’s early work in various uranium enrichment methods and technologies

2) The origin of the TVA and its unique model within the U.S. government  

3) The TVA’s work on the Clinch River Nuclear Technology Park

4) Innovative approaches to site permitting, advanced construction methods, and supporting new nuclear

Apr 21, 2021
Ep 301: Brett Rampal - Clean Air Task Force


1) Brett’s first introduction to nuclear as a University of Florida undergraduate

2) Brett’s career transition from nuclear engineer to nuclear policy expert 

3) The Clean Air Task Force’s role in supporting nuclear energy as a tool to decarbonize the energy grid 

4) The future of nuclear energy and projects that Brett is excited to see become a reality



Apr 14, 2021
Ep 300: Michelle Brechtelsbauer - Energy Impact Center

1) Michelle's career spanning from engineering to public policy 

2) The Energy Impact Center's (EIC) work and partnering with the University of Michigan for the Nuclear Grand Prize Challenge 

3) An update on the Nuclear Grand Prize Challenge and other EIC projects 

4) Michelle's work on Open100 and her goals for the future of the project

Apr 12, 2021
Ep 299: Björn Peters - Peters Coll.

1. Björn's career as an energy financier 

2. Björn's introduction to nuclear energy, shifting from a critic to advocate 

3. The German Energiewende policy and its impact on the country's energy makeup 

4. Challenges nuclear energy faces in Germany and efforts to expand nuclear around the world 

Apr 07, 2021
Ep 298: Alan Woods - Rolls Royce

1) Rolls Royce’s broad scope of work in aircrafts, defense, and power 

2) Alan’s role in helping to develop Rolls Royce’s nuclear program 

3) Rolls Royce’s plan to develop an SMR by 2029

4) The nuances and challenges of financing new nuclear projects   

Apr 05, 2021
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Mar 31, 2021
Ep. 297 - Chris Keefer, Decoupled Podcast

1. Chris’ background growing up in Canada and becoming an activist  

2. Chris’ career as a doctor and the prevalence of nuclear medicine  

3. The linear-no-threshold hypothesis and commonly held misconceptions about nuclear 

4. Chris’ role as a nuclear advocate in Canada and his hopes for the future of the pro-nuclear movement

Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 296 - Rafael Grossi, International Atomic Energy Agency
  1. Director-General Grossi’s career as a diplomat and early introduction to nuclear 
  2. The IAEA’s work covering all facets of atomic energy 
  3. Global perceptions of nuclear energy and the IAEA’s role in shepherding newcomer countries through the process of acquiring nuclear energy 
  4. Director-General Grossi’s vision for the future of nuclear and the role it will play in the clean energy transition 
Mar 24, 2021
Ep. 295, COVID Miniseries: Ahmad Ameri, Imam Hossein Hospital


1. Dr. Ameri’s background as a radiation oncologist 

2. Dr. Ameri’s initial introduction to low-dose radiation as a COVID-19 pneumonia treatment

3. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran

4. Dr. Ameri’s goals to expand this treatment and push forward further trials 



Mar 22, 2021
Ep. 294 - Victor Nian, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

1) The impact of Fukushima on Victor Nian’s career path in the nuclear industry
2) A regional look at the risks and benefits of expanding nuclear energy in Southeast Asia
3) Singapore’s focus on energy efficiency as an urban island state
4) How small modular reactors could change Singapore’s nuclear power development

Feb 22, 2021
Ep. 293, COVID Miniseries: Mohammad Khan, Emory University Winship Cancer Institute

1) Early uses of radiation in medicine 

2) The use of low-dose radiation to treat cancer

3) Dr. Khan’s work treating COVID-19 related pneumonia with low-dose radiation 

4) Global efforts to begin clinical trials treating COVID-19 related pneumonia with low-dose radiation and the challenges of using this treatment off protocol 

Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 292, COVID Miniseries: James Welsh, Edward Hines VA Medical Center

1) The use of radiation as a treatment for cancer and various benign diseases.

2) Cytokine release syndrome, the cytokine storm, and the body’s inflammatory response to COVID-19. 

3) The use of low-dose radiation to treat COVID-19 related pneumonia and historical uses of radiation to treat pneumonia. 

4) Current challenges to using low-dose radiation to treat COVID-19 related pneumonia. 

Feb 08, 2021
Ep. 291, COVID Miniseries: Jim Conca, Herbert M. Parker Foundation

1) The impacts of COVID-19 on the immune system

2) The use of low dose radiation (LDR) to treat COVID-19 related pneumonia and the historical precedence for this treatment

3) The importance of accurately weighing risk versus benefits when evaluating the use of radiation in medical procedures

4) Misconceptions about radiation and the important role it plays in medicine 

Feb 03, 2021
Ep. 290, IFNEC Series: Facundo Deluchi (Argentina)

1. Facundo Deluchi introduces Argentina’s nuclear program and its impact worldwide through technology export 

2. The role of INVAP in Argentina’s nuclear program and throughout the international market

3. Why the specific needs of developing countries must be considered in energy infrastructure development 

4. How the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation brings different nuclear stakeholders together to strengthen the worldwide industry

Feb 01, 2021
Ep. 289, GAIN-NRIC Miniseries: Nick Smith

Nick Smith joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear to discuss: 

1) How Nick Smith’s early professional career on the football field led him to the energy industry in an unconventional way

2) Nick reflects on his personal discovery of nuclear power and how it led to a major career shift to advanced nuclear R&D

3) An overview of the current projects underway at the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) to enable advanced reactor demonstrations

4) The role of the Zero Power Physics Reactor (ZPPR) and the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) dome in the future of advanced nuclear

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Dec 30, 2020
Ep. 288, GAIN-NRIC Miniseries: John Jackson

John Jackson joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear to discuss: 

1) John Jackson shares his experience growing up living off-the-grid and how he got involved in mechanical engineering and fracture mechanics.

2) How John reconnected with the Idaho National Lab and got involved with the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear. 

3) How the GAIN vouchers connect nuclear technology developers and the resources available at the National Labs.

4) Why the nuclear industry must unite to work towards demonstrations of new nuclear technology to fight climate change globally.

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Dec 14, 2020
Ep. 287 GAIN-NRIC Miniseries: Christine King

Christine King joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear to discuss: 

1) Christine King reflects on her time at EPRI where she focused on solving inherited material problems related to the use of Alloy 600 in steam generators. 

2) Christine shares her personal journey to find purpose and how it impacted her career path in the nuclear sector.

3) The role of GAIN in the nuclear sector and the many ways it supports developers, investors, end users, and government programs.

4) A look at how new technology demonstrations and regulation reform will lead to the new nuclear market.

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Dec 07, 2020
Ep. 286: Dave Amerine, "Push It to Move It"

Dave Amerine joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear to discuss: 

1) David Amerine reflects on how his time in the Navy led to a broad career in the nuclear sector and shares the keys to building a safety-conscious work environment.

2) Lessons learned from years spent resolving management and operational issues at various nuclear facilities and how David led his teams through challenging obstacles.

3) David highlights some of the ways the nuclear industry has communicated well to share lessons learned, but makes a call to action for better public education on nuclear power.

4) How new nuclear technologies and small modular reactors will upend the nuclear industry and provide a path towards nuclear as a broadbase, reliable electricity source.

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Dec 07, 2020
Ep 285: Theo Nii Okai, Nuclear Power Ghana

Theo Nii Okai joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Theo Nii Okai recaps his career with the Volta River Authority and describes how Ghana began its path energy diversification. 

2) How nuclear power will serve Ghana’s commitment to climate change and support regional economic development.

3) Ghana’s progress through the IAEA milestones and what it means for the Sub-Saharan region of West Africa.

4) How Africa is combating climate change for the good of the planet.

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Nov 24, 2020
Ep 284: Ed Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

Ed Lyman joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Ed Lyman reflects on the path that led him from physics to energy policy and how the Union of Concerned Scientists got started.

2) Ed discusses the cause and effect of the Fukushima accident and the long-term impacts on the industry.

3) A look at the responsibilities of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the commercial nuclear power sector.

4) Ed identifies some of the challenges of tracking radiation exposure and different tools available to critically analyze the data.

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Nov 16, 2020
IFNEC Series: Diane Cameron (Canada)

Diane Cameron joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Diane Cameron shares her initial thoughts about nuclear energy and why she changed her mind, committing her career to the technology.

2) A review of Canada’s nuclear roadmap and how Diane helped it evolved into an action plan with a timeline.

3) Why Canada values its relationships with communities and stakeholders and how it impacts decision-making across the nuclear sector.

4) Diane highlights some of Canada’s timelines for establishing new nuclear power technologies on and off the grid.

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Nov 09, 2020
IFNEC Series: Vladimir Artisyuk (Russia)

Vladimir Artisyuk joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Vladimir Artisyuk reflects on what it was like growing up in a Soviet Union town surrounded by nuclear technology and how it impacted his career choice. 

2) Vladimir shares his path to three PhD’s in the nuclear sector and his areas of study.

3) How global experiences improve international relations and Russia’s mission to bring nuclear education to the world.

4) Russia’s strategy to fight climate change through innovative energy technologies.

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Nov 02, 2020
IFNEC Series: Kamal Araj (Jordan)

Kamal Araj joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) How Kamal Araj became involved with the nuclear sector and his mission to bring the technology to his home country of Jordan.

2) A look at Jordan’s current energy sources and the country’s first research reactor.

3) Insight into which SMR’s Jordan is currently considering and how they measure up to current energy sources.

4) Kamal’s perspective into why nuclear energy is a critical response to global climate change.

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Oct 26, 2020
Ep 283: Roy Payne, GDFWatch

Roy Payne joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Roy Payne introduces the UK’s Radioactive Waste Management division and how he became head of stakeholder engagement.

2) Why geological disposal of radioactive waste is a social and political issue, not a technical one.

3) Roy’s perspective on how to create a partnership with a community and engage them in long-term decision making.

4) How to shift the conversation about radioactive waste storage from short-term political decision-making to long-term community investment.

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Oct 20, 2020
Ep 282: Seth Kofi Debrah, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

Seth Kofi Debrah joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Seth Kofi Debrah shares his path into the nuclear power sector and his role in established a nuclear development plan for Ghana

2) A look at how supply chain development for the nuclear sector impacts the electrification of the Sub-Saharan African region

3) How the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission is focusing on educating its young citizens and preparing for an industrialized future

4) An overview of the challenges and opportunities in Ghana as it looks to bring its first nuclear power plant online

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Oct 13, 2020
Ep 281: Greg Cameron, Palo Verde Generating Station

Greg Cameron joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

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Oct 06, 2020
Ep 280: J'Tia Hart, Argonne National Laboratory

J'Tia Hart joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Dr. J’Tia Hart shares her path into the nuclear industry and introduces highlights of her early career.

2) Why perception and conversation are vital to the future of nuclear power domestically and globally.

3) How Dr. Hart is challenging historical demographics in the nuclear industry by advocating for underrepresented groups & encouraging others.

4) What policies are required for the U.S. to make progress in the nuclear field and how it impacts nuclear development internationally.

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Sep 29, 2020
Ep 279: Lee Causey, North American Young Generation in Nuclear

Lee Causey joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Joining Duke Energy out of college and getting involved with NAYGN.
2) Becoming president of NAYGN and leading on advocacy for the nuclear industry.
3) Attracting a younger generation to the nuclear industry through innovation.
4) Providing relevant and accurate information to educate the public about nuclear energy.

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Sep 22, 2020
Ep 278: John Lindberg, World Nuclear Association

John Lindberg joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) John's career in nuclear spanning academia, industry, and politics.
2) Dedication to addressing radiophobia and the effects it has on the nuclear industry and social communities.
3) Developing communication strategies that get at the heart of key issues.
4) Reaching out to a broader audience and younger demographic about nuclear energy.

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Sep 15, 2020
Ep 277: Anton Simeonov, Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Anton Simeonov joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Anton reviews his resume in the nuclear industry and provides a brief overview of Bulgaria’s nuclear power history
2) Why new nuclear projects have struggled in Bulgaria and the possibilities of bringing in new technologies
3) A call to action for nuclear industry stakeholders to ensure the long time stability and success of nuclear power
4) The strengths and challenges of working in the energy industry in Bulgaria’s current economic climate

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Sep 08, 2020
Ep 276: Gabriele Voigt, Women in Nuclear Global

Gabriele Voigt joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

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Sep 01, 2020
Ep 275: Amir Vexler, Orano TN

1) Amir’s career from mechanical engineer to president of Orano TN
2) How Orano's integrated supply chain functions
3) Reasons behind poor public opinion on nuclear energy
4) Trends in government where nuclear is becoming more competitive

Aug 25, 2020
Ep 274: David Poston, NASA

1) David Poston’s entrance into a career in space reactor development and how NASA’s Kilopower project came to be
2) The importance of simplicity in nuclear reactor designs and why David Poston committed to the use of a Stirling engine in his reactor prototypes
3) Future applications of the KRUSTY reactor experiment and why nuclear power is vital to space colonization
4) A summary of results from the DUFF and KRUSTY reactor experiments and what made them successful programs

Aug 18, 2020
Ep 273: Javier Guerra, Tecnatom S.A.

Javier Guerra joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Tecnatom and its lines of action
2) Insights into the Long Term Operation of power plants
3) Spanish Nuclear Society and its efforts in educating the public
4) Digitalization, SMRs, Accident Tolerant Fuel and other new technologies that Tecnatom
contributes to.

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Aug 11, 2020
Ep 272: Nathan Paterson, Foratom

1) Nathan's career at Rolls-Royce
2) Foratom and its working groups focusing on up-to-date issues of nuclear in Europe
3) Supply chain issues and Research & Innovation in nuclear
4) The power of being a member in a nuclear society

Aug 04, 2020
Ep 271: Rich Deakin, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Rich Deakin joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Rich Deakins looks back on how his education in metallurgy led him into operations management in nuclear fuel manufacturing
2) A look at how Rich brought success to some of nuclear fuel manufacturing’s biggest operations challenges in the UK
3) Why the UK is pursuing small modular reactor technology and how manufacturing methods can impact the success of the industry
4) Rich explains how the combination of government and private investments has decreased nationwide emissions and fed into the nuclear supply chain

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Jul 28, 2020
Ep 270: Chris Colbert, NuScale Power

Chris Colbert joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Experiences in construction of fossil fuel plants and US-EPR project
2) The partnerships and new markets that NuScale is exploring
3) The position of NuScale and Light Water Technologies in the future nuclear industry
4) The optimization of manufacturing and future goals of NuScale

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Jul 21, 2020
Ep 269: Roger Howsley, World Institute for Nuclear Security

Roger Howsley joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Roger tells Olu about his career from his start in health physics to becoming director of WINS.
2) Roger describes how he has witnessed the change of perception go from negative to positive and negative again during his career.
3) Roger describes the mission of WINS, security management and their relationship to the IAEA.
4) WINS is trying to normalize attitudes towards nuclear security by breaking down communication barriers and integrating with safety.

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Jul 14, 2020
Ep 268: David Otwoma, National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation

David Otwoma joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) The birth of Kenya’s Radiation Protection Board and David Otwoma’s responsibilities as a radiation protection officer
2) A look into how David’s international travels as a safeguards inspector influenced his advisorship to Kenya’s national government
3) Kenya’s challenges in increasing electricity supply nationwide and how recent steps will ensure better access to electricity
4) David lays out the steps that need to be taken to retain talented young professionals in Kenya, with nuclear power as a key element

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Jul 07, 2020
Ep 267: Donald Carlson, IAEA

Donald Carlson joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Donald shares his introduction to HTGR technology under the mentorship of Professor Rudolf Schulten
2) How misconceptions of graphite fires affection public understanding of nuclear accidents
3) Why spent fuel pool storage is the riskiest part of light water nuclear reactors
4) How public perception, cost, and existing political structures impact nuclear policy around the world

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Jun 30, 2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Space, Medicine, and Civilian Reactors

In the final episode of the Nuclear Technology Series, Bret, Ed Pheil, and Andrew Daniels discuss the less common reactor uses and types such as for space travel, medical purposes, and everything in between. Be sure to listen to the previous episodes on Molten Salt, High-Temperature Gas, and Liquid Metal Reactors.

Jun 26, 2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Liquid Metal Reactors

In part three of the Nuclear Technology Series, Bret continues his conversation with Andrew Daniels and Ed Pheil to discuss liquid metal reactors. Be sure to check out the first two installments of this series where the three discuss high temperature gas reactors and molten salt reactors. 

Jun 25, 2020
Nuclear Technology Series - Molten Salt Reactors

In part two of our special Nuclear Technology Series, Bret, Andrew and Ed reconvene to discuss how molten salt reactors operate, the distinctions between which kinds they are, what type of salt is in them, and more. Be sure to check out part one in this series on high temperature gas reactors. 

Jun 24, 2020
Nuclear Technology Series - High Temperature Gas Reactors

In the first episode of a four-part special miniseries, Bret Kugelmass invites Andrew Daniels (Author, After Fukushima) and Ed Pheil (Chief Technology Officer, Elysium Industries) to discuss nuclear technology. In this first episode, the three discuss high temperature gas reactors.  

Jun 23, 2020
Ep 266: Wacław Gudowski, Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm

Wacław Gudowski joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) History of Swedish nuclear policies and cooperation between science and industry
2) Accelerator Driven Systems
3) The role of communication and teaching in the success of nuclear
4) Generation IV reactors and their future

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Jun 16, 2020
Ep 265: Craig Piercy, American Nuclear Society

Craig Piercy joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Craig Piercy looks back on how his experience in policy led him to get involved with the American Nuclear Society
2) How the American Nuclear Society addresses challenging nuclear issues such as research funding and the public’s understanding of radiation
3) Craig analyzes the differences between risk-informed decisions related to COVID-19 and nuclear radiation and waste
4) Why nuclear power needs to be integral in combating climate change and the technical solutions that will get us there

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Jun 09, 2020
Ep 264: Elizabeth Muller, Deep Isolation

Elizabeth Muller joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Liz’s engagement in climate change research with Berkeley Earth
2) Waste disposal start-up called Deep Isolation and horizontal drilling technology
3) Entrepreneurial experience of entering spent fuel management field
4) Challenges of waste disposal and future plans

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Jun 02, 2020
Ep 263: Paul Dickman, Argonne National Laboratory

Paul Dickman joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Paul Dickman provides an overview of his introduction to the nuclear space and his experience in nuclear waste and national security
2) How the Japanese government and electric utility managed the clean-up and community revitalization in the aftermath of Fukushima
3) A look at the concerns about dual use nuclear technology and how safeguard reviews are used to account for nuclear material
4) Conversations about radioactive waste and which different nuclear waste storage solutions were considered and vetted

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May 26, 2020
Ep 262: Hee Yong Lee, Korea Electric Power Corporation

Hee Yong Lee joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Hee Yong Lee explains how Korea initially got involved in nuclear power plant development and the implementation of different reactor technologies
2) How Korea has achieved harmony among the nuclear reactor builders and the role standardization in successful contracting
3) A look into priorities of different stakeholders when it comes to nuclear power plant construction and operation, specifically in Korean communities
4) Why Korea’s nuclear development has slowed down and opportunities for bringing nuclear energy to new, developing regions

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May 19, 2020
Ep 261: Janne Wallenius, LeadCold Reactors

Janne Wallenius joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Janne Wallenius introduces his research at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on nuclear fuel development, and how it led him to lead-cooled reactor technology
2) How disclosure of Russian lead-cooled reactor technology impacted global research, leading to the creation of Janne’s advanced reactor designs and his company, LeadCold
3) Why material science is crucial to the long-term success of advanced reactor designs, with a focus on corrosion and irradiation tolerance
4) Janne provides an inside look into the process of commercializing a new reactor design and how he plans to bring it to market

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May 12, 2020
Ep 260: Canon Bryan, Terrestrial Energy

Canon Bryan joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Canon Bryan explores his introduction to the natural resources industry and how it led him to a finance career in mining
2) How global industrialization led to a financial boom in the uranium mining sector
3) Canon maps out his five year path to discovering a new economical nuclear technology: molten salt reactors
4) A look at the economic viability of molten salt reactors as a competitor to natural gas power plants across the globe

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May 05, 2020
Ep 259: Leslie Compton Kass, TC Energy

Leslie Compton Kass joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Leslie Kass is the Executive Vice President of the Technical center at TC Energy, working to make sure TC Energy is a learning organization. She also sits on the board of Bruce nuclear power plant, which TC energy is a joint investor. 
2) Leslie believes now is the best time for energy companies to embrace effective communication strategies for the public and the local communities that they work in, taking an active role in telling the story of how they as the nuclear industry are adding value to the economy and providing clean-carbon free energy. 
3) Nuclear energy will remain an important part of the energy mix for many years to come, as nuclear is one of the most viable options for baseload capacity while generating zero emissions. 
4) Leslie recalls her time spent at NEI during the Fukushima accident and the crisis control she was part of managing, the responsibility of communicating and getting real facts out to a panicking public is particularly difficult but with strong collaboration between companies and individuals in the industry it was made possible. 

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Apr 28, 2020
Ep 258: Suzanne Jaworowski, US Department of Energy

Suzanne Jaworowski joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) How Suzanne went from politics to energy
2) How she observed the way Indiana’s economics and energy affected each other
3) Bringing energy security to the U.S. and around the world
4) What is the best way to help provide energy security?
5) What is the Department of Energy doing to help communicate about nuclear energy?
6) Where is nuclear in 15 years?

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Apr 21, 2020
Ep 257: Steve Nesbit, Duke Energy

Steve Nesbit joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1. Over 35 years and counting in the nuclear industry,
2. The role of climate change, carbon emissions, and other factors in bring nuclear back into the conversation)
3. Steve runs through the projects he worked on while at duke energy that had the most impact on himself and his career.
4. Steve discusses his time leading the spent fuel management division at Duke Energy.

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Apr 14, 2020
Ep 256: Edouard Hourcade, Jules Horowitz Experimental Reactor

Edouard Hourcade joins Jadwiga on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1)  Edouard’s background
2) Sodium Fast Reactor development and ASTRID project
3) Intellectual property and public communication after closing ASTRID program
4) Jules Horowitz reactor

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Apr 08, 2020
Ep 255: John Ahlberg, Kärnfull Energi

John Ahlberg joins Olu on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) John Ahlberg introduces the social landscape of Sweden and gives us a brief into the public understanding and acceptance of nuclear energy.
2) How the idea for Kärnfull Energi, Sweden's first 100% nuclear electricity provider, came to John
and his co-founder Christian, and how they set up the company and have been making positive waves since.
3) Outlook for Kärnfull Energi as they continue to grow, plans for the future of the company,
and John's personal motivations for choosing the nuclear industry even though he has a different educational and professional background.
4) The importance of correct information passed on to the public so people understand the
benefits of nuclear energy and begin the first steps in correcting the public discourse in Sweden.

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Mar 31, 2020
Ep 254: Katie Tubb, Heritage Foundation

Katie Tubb joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Katie Tubb discusses her journey into the nuclear energy sector, from an intern who admitted to know nothing about where energy comes from to to an advocate for innovative energy and environment policy.
2) Katie Tubb shares her passion for nuclear technology, the issues with the nuclear industry assuaging people’s fears without educating them, and what the Heritage Foundation is doing to educate America on the nuclear industry.
3) Katie Tubb discusses the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report and the fundamental errors in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and how Finland has used consent-based siting successfully.
4) Katie Tubb shares her optimistic outlook on the future of nuclear waste in the United States.

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Mar 24, 2020
Ep 253: Clinton Carter, Luminant

Clinton Carter joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Modernizing Comanche Peak and More 
2) Nuclear Safety Requirements and What Needs to Change 
3) A New Industry Demonstration and the Role of Machine Learning in Nuclear 
4) The Importance of the Legacy Fleet 

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Mar 17, 2020
Ep 252: Scott Hsu, United States Department of Energy

Scott Hsu joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Plasma Physics & Magnetic Reconnection 
2) Fusion Programs at ARPA-E 
3) Experiments in Electromagnetic Physics 
4) Technical and Economic Feasibility of Fusion 

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Mar 12, 2020
Ep 251: Julian Gadano, Nuclear Energy for Argentina

Julian Gadano joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Incorporating sociology into the nuclear sector
2) The Argentinian nuclear sector’s structure and reinvigorating the industry
3) The CAREM SMRs and the plan to commercialize and export these power reactors
4) Working towards a new nuclear by creating the need for nuclear power and supporting young nuclear professionals

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Mar 05, 2020
Introducing OPEN100

Bret Kugelmass is interviewed by Robert Dillon about the OPEN100 project presented by the Energy Impact Center. Learn more about OPEN100 at www.open-100.com

Feb 25, 2020
An Update from Titans of Nuclear

Host Bret Kugelmass shares an update on when Titans of Nuclear will return from hiatus, what the Energy Impact Center has been working on in the interim, and delivers a live reading of his recently published op-ed "Want to stop climate change? Embrace the nuclear option."

Jan 31, 2020
Ep 250: Andrew Sherry, National Nuclear Laboratory

Andrew Sherry joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Andrew Sherry and Bret Kugelmass discuss nuclear history in the UK starting with magnox power stations and advanced gas-cooled reactors through the “dash for gas” in the 1980s and today's Nuclear Innovation Program.
2) The UK is the first country to agree to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. How nuclear could be an affordable solution by using a fleet approach, advanced manufacturing, and modular construction.
3) Andrew Sherry shares six key ways to promote nuclear innovation and affordability after a cross-sector innovation roundtable including technology, leadership, collaboration, risk, financing, and regulation.
4) How to implement innovation from other sectors and what the nuclear industry can learn from the US space industry and Elon Musk

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Dec 20, 2019
Ep 249: Adrienne Kelbie, Office for Nuclear Regulation

Adrienne Kelbie joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Adrienne’s uncommon route to the nuclear sector via the Lottery Fund
2) How the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is modernizing to engage in Advanced Nuclear Technologies (ANT) and increase accessibility
3) Changing the UK nuclear regulation process to decrease cost and foster innovation
4) Securing the future of the ONR by diversifying employee skill sets and focusing on outcomes

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Dec 19, 2019
Ep 248: Sainati Tristano, University of Leeds

Sainati Tristano joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) How Tristano Sainati transitioned from engineering to nuclear licensing regulation and what nuclear licensing frameworks are.
2) The prescriptive-based approach and performance-based approach to nuclear regulatory frameworks and how they may discourage innovation and nuclear competitiveness against other energy sources
3) The history of how international nuclear regulation began, spurred by the Chernobyl accident, and the lasting effects of a conservative approach to nuclear safety even today
4) How the future of nuclear power depends upon a perspective shift from innovation to legislation, requires mass production to reduce nuclear cost, needs a climate change led strategy, and requires governments to be brave.

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Dec 18, 2019
Ep 247: Giorgio Locatelli, University of Leeds

Giorgio Locatelli joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Giorgio Locatelli recounts his journey from Italy to the United States to learn about nuclear energy and how it became his career focus
2) How economic climate and project funding choices affect the global development of nuclear reactors
3) A look at the feasibility of nuclear reactor design and construction, both small and large
4) Giorgio provides a summary of the UK’s investigation into SMR financing methods and how regulations affect cost

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Dec 17, 2019
Ep 246: Julia Pyke, EDF Energy

Julia Pyke joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Restarting the UK’s nuclear industry with Sizewell C
2) Copying the Hinkley design to save time and money and strengthen the UK’s supply chain
3) Turning to private capital and the regulated asset based model to finance Sizewell C
4) Incorporating “no regret” changes for Sizewell C to become a potential energy center

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Dec 16, 2019
Ep 245: Alice Cunha da Silva, Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy (ABEN)

Alice Cunha da Silva joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Alice Cunha da Silva explains how a degree in computer science led her all over the world to discover her passion for nuclear engineering and how she shares that passion with her community
2) How Brazil runs its nuclear industry a little differently, from its focus on communication strategies to its operational structures
3) Alice shares her perspective on growth and challenges in Brazil’s nuclear industry
4) An inside look into the engaging discussions and participation at the International Nuclear Atlantic Conference

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Dec 13, 2019
Ep 244: Claudio Almeida, Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy (ABEN)

Claudio Almeida joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Claudio Almeida reflects on his international nuclear education and how it prepared him for a design review of Brazil’s first nuclear plant, Angra 1
2) How technical issues in Soviet-designed nuclear power plants were identified, analyzed, and corrected to improve plant performance
3) Claudio explains how Chernobyl changed the international nuclear industry and how safety missions were conducted at VVER and RBMK sites
4) A look at new nuclear organizations developed after Chernobyl and the current state of Brazil’s nuclear climate

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Dec 12, 2019
Ep 243: Celso Cunha, Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy (ABEN)

Celso Cunha joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Celso Cunha recounts his career working with Brazilian governments and private companies and how it led to his leadership at ABDAN
2) Celso explains the role of ABDAN in Brazil’s nuclear space and how it connects with the industry side of nuclear activities
3) An inside look at how Brazil is driving innovation in the regulation, development, and financing of nuclear around the country

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Dec 11, 2019
Ep 242: Carlos Freire Moreira, Industrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB)

Carlos Freire Moreira joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Carlos Freire Moreira reflects on his time in the Brazilian Navy and how the civilian industry adapted Naval technology in the energy sector
2) Carlos gives an in depth look at INB’s goals of developing all levels of the uranium fuel cycle
3) How different applications for uranium and the state of other energy resources all lead back towards more nuclear energy
4) Carlos reviews current work within Brazil on how to focus regulations and diversify the country

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Dec 10, 2019
Ep 241: Leonam Guimarães, Eletronuclear

Leonam Guimarães joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Leonam Guimarães reflects on his career in the Brazilian Navy Nuclear program
2) The history of Brazil’s civilian nuclear sector and plans for future development
3) Leonam addresses challenges of changing technologies and how innovation can pave the way to success
4) How hydroelectricity and nuclear energy can be used together to balance Brazil’s electrical system

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Dec 09, 2019
Ep 240: Marcel Biato, International Atomic Energy Agency

Marcel Biato joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Marcel Biato explains how a career in diplomacy prepared him for work in the nuclear industry and the unique challenges that come with it
2) How Brazil is opening up the previously State-run nuclear industry to private companies and the history between Argentina and Brazil’s nuclear programs
3) Marcel shares the current state of Brazil’s Naval nuclear propulsion system and how new nuclear technology can provide base load power across the country
4) Why small modular reactors are attractive to Brazil and how the country is focusing on making the technology accessible

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Dec 08, 2019
Ep 239: Bianca Carpinelli, Argentine Republic

Bianca Carpinelli joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Becoming the Undersecretariat of Nuclear Energy after studying the Hualong One reactor import
2) The three areas of the nuclear sector and how more communication is needed to push the industry forward
3) Argentina’s nuclear power reactors and SMR prototype development
4) How SMRs meet the demand for lower costs, shorter construction time and clean energy

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Dec 05, 2019
Ep 238: Kalev Kallemets, Fermi Energia

Kalev Kallemets joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Kalev Kallemets provides an inside look at Estonia’s political climate and how the country aims to tackle energy challenges
2) How the Baltic States share energy infrastructure and how that impacts power generation planning and development
3) Why the energy markets are changing across Europe and how it impacts power reliability
4) Kalev defends molten salt reactor technology and explains how deployment of SMRs in Europe will change the energy landscape

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Dec 04, 2019
Ep 237: Stefano Monti, International Atomic Energy Agency

Stefano Monti joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Fast reactor coolants and Russian deployment
2) Italy’s strong nuclear education despite the end of the state’s industry
3) The nonelectrical applications for reactor power, including hydrogen production and cogeneration
4) How SMRs take advantage of economies of series, rather than economies of scale, to decrease cost

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Dec 03, 2019
Ep 236: Senator Mike Crapo, U.S. Senate

Mike Crapo joins Bret on the latest episode of Titans of Nuclear.

1) Idaho Senator Mike Crapo recounts his childhood in Idaho Falls, Idaho and how the nearby Idaho National Laboratory impacted his career in politics
2) How the economy and the environment can both benefit from win-win energy solutions
3) Crapo provides an overview of the NEICA and NEIMA nuclear energy innovation bills and how they will transform the current nuclear industry
4) Why a whole-of-government approach is necessary for strengthening the U.S. national energy, national security, and economic policies

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Dec 02, 2019
Ep 235: Nam Dinh, North Carolina State University

In this episode...

1) Nam Dinh shares his path to nuclear engineering and the international education and research that kicked off his career
2) Why nuclear reactors were not originally designed with failure scenarios in mind and how that has changed
3) Nam reviews how current research projects are changing the way technology and simulation impact the design and licensing of nuclear reactors

Nov 30, 2019
Ep 234: Mohamed Bourham, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) Mohamed Bourham’s path to a career in nuclear from Egypt to Europe to North Carolina State University
2) Mohamed reviews his many areas of research, including electrothermal propulsion, radiation, waste, and material science
3) How dry cask storage for spent fuel has performed so far and why there are different ideas about nuclear waste storage
4) Mohamed explains how fusion is controlled with magnetic fields and the impact it has on materials in the fusion reactors

Nov 29, 2019
Ep 233: Jacob Eapen, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Jacob Eapen recalls his time working on safety analysis of the advanced heavy water reactor at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center in India
2) How Jacob expanded his career in the U.S. nuclear academic and industrial spaces to focus on computational material science
3) Jacob’s current and past research projects in the material science space includes analysis of high temperature properties of UO2 fuel
4) Jacob explains why accident tolerant fuels are being developed and some of the challenges faced in choosing a material for the fuel cladding

Nov 28, 2019
Ep 232: Ayman Hawari, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) Increasing measurement accuracy with gamma rays
2) Understanding cross sections, thermal neutrons and fast neutrons
3) The PULSTAR research reactor design and how it is used to produce positrons
4) Demonstrating inherent safety with small research reactors

Nov 27, 2019
Ep 231: Steve Shannon, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) The difference between plasma and gas
2) How fusion differs from fission
3) How plasma enables low heat molecule deconstruction
4) The current and future uses of plasma for industry manufacturing and advancements

Nov 26, 2019
Ep 230: Yousry Azmy, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Yousry Azmy recalls his path to academia in the nuclear space and explains how neutrons interact in a nuclear reactor
2) Yousry Azmy discusses his research in solving the transport equation on unstructured grids and explains the levels of a reactor transport problem

Nov 25, 2019
Ep 229: Kostadin Ivanov, North Carolina State University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) The Russian VVER and BN-800 designs
2) Developing optimization methods for the VVER at Penn State
3) How a lack of scientific support in Bulgaria caused nuclear scientists to move to western countries
4) Developing benchmarks with high fidelity simulations

Nov 24, 2019
Ep 228: Janelle Wharry, Purdue University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) How radiation changes materials within a reactor
2) The advancement of electron-beam welding and the potential to decrease cost and extend reactor lifetimes
3) Strengthening materials by precisely deforming crystal structures with radiation
4) The need to deploy technological advancements to move the nuclear industry forward

Nov 21, 2019
Ep 227: Robert Bean, Purdue University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) How he first became interested in nuclear engineering and what sparked his interest in academia
2) Robert’s post-graduate path to becoming an expert in radiation detection and how he became involved in designing nuclear facilities for safeguards
3) Robert reflects on his time in Washington as an advisor to the NNSA and how it brought him back to Purdue University as a full-time faculty member
4) A highlight of the Purdue University reactor and some of the current research projects utilizing the facility, including projects in physics and health science
5) Robert Bean explains some of the challenges of nuclear reactor deployment and potential benefits of building small modular reactors

Nov 20, 2019
Ep 226: Allen Garner, Purdue University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) Allen’s early work in prevention of mutual interference in the naval reactors submarine force
2) How Allen transitioned from being a naval submarine officer to a biomedical graduate student studying modification of biological cells
3) How Allen’s research on electromagnetic interference at GE has been applied to create a non-linear transmission line at Purdue
4) Impacts on nano structures caused by intersections of different mechanisms in electron emissions and gas breakdown

Nov 19, 2019
Ep 225: Jason Harris, Purdue University

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Jason Harris reflects on his early interest in biology led to a career in nuclear engineering
2) Jason leans into health physics and how radionuclides are distributed throughout the environment
3) A comprehensive look at nuclear power plant emissions and the birth of the nuclear security field
4) Methods of analyzing and assessing security culture at organizations and how it impacts risk at a nuclear facility

Nov 18, 2019
Ep 224: Juan Vitali, US Army

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) How Three Mile Island sparked Juan’s interest in nuclear power and his journey to becoming a strategist for the Army’s Logistics Innovation Agency
(2) Saving lives and combating climate change by improving Army logistics by adopting nuclear power
(3) The current progress in developing a small modular mobile nuclear power plant prototype
(4) The importance of electrifying the military to maintain the technological edge


NOTE: Juan Vitali's personal opinions do not represent the U.S. Army's official position.

Nov 15, 2019
Ep 223: Lane Carasik, Virginia Commonwealth University

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Lane's initial interest in nuclear and his college coursework that led him to teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University.
2) He worked, interned, and conducted research all over the field of nuclear in startups and laboratories, but eventually found his place in academia.
3) Lane encourages people to advocate for nuclear and talks about lessons he passes onto his students.
4) Lane discusses the future of nuclear domestically and around the world.

Nov 13, 2019
Ep 222: Braden Goddard, Virginia Commonwealth University

In this episode, we discuss...

1) How nuclear material neutrons are measured to verify amounts
2) The difference between plutonium-239 and plutonium-240 in the context of nuclear weapons
3) Life in the UAE as a nuclear postdoc
4) Decreasing the attractiveness of plutonium for weapons use with neptunium

Nov 12, 2019
Ep 221: James Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University

In this episode, we discuss

1) James' career at Dominion and as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
2) How the Three Mile Island meltdown occurred and the more demanding safety culture that emerged
3) The potential for Probabilistic Risk Assessments to shift the safety culture
4) How the Final Safety Analysis Report and significant regulatory delays are harming the industry

Nov 11, 2019
Ep 220: Michael Binder, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

In this episode, we discuss...

1) Michael discusses his background in math and how it led him to a career in the government

2) Michael explains the regulatory review process as it applies to domestic projects and international technologies approved abroad

3) Michael explains Chinese advancements in nuclear technology in comparison to North American innovation

4) Michael and Bret discuss the future of nuclear including financing, regulations, environmental assessments, and safety planning 

Nov 07, 2019
Ep 219: Ramzi Jammal, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Ramzi was introduced to nuclear early by family and university professors who were pioneers of the industry

2) Ramzi explains advances in the medical field due to nuclear technology

3) Ramzi breaks down negative perceptions about nuclear

4) Ramzi discusses recent changes to the nuclear field and his hopes for the future

Nov 06, 2019
Ep 218: Peter Elder, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Peter's background in physics engineering and interest in high temperature ceramics led him to the nuclear industry
2) Peter views the Defense and Depth Theory
3) The difference between repositories vs. dilution
4) Canada’s new impact assessments in the nuclear industry allow societal views to play into the nuclear industry

Nov 05, 2019
Ep 217: Rumina Velshi, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

In this episode, we discuss how...

1) Rumina came to Canada as a refugee and became among the first women in the nuclear operations field
2) As a regulator it is essential to build public trust through transparency and data sharing
3) Her goal of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is to protect the environment, the public, and workers while also meeting international security obligations
4) Rumina discusses her hopes for the future of nuclear including involving more women and using nuclear to fight climate change

Nov 04, 2019
Ep 216: Leon Cizelj, Jožef Stefan Institute, Reactor Engineering Division

In this episode, we discuss...

1) Know How versus Know Why and how a reliance on rules can hinder innovation
2) How European states are supporting one another through the The European Nuclear Education Network
3) How increasing communication within the diverse industry sectors can help push the sector forward
4) Educating the public through reactor visits decreases fear and increases support of nuclear power

Oct 31, 2019
Ep 215: Walter Tromm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their nuclear research
(2) How other methods of containing accidents may be better but strict regulations and ignorance hinder implementation
(3) Short term versus long term nuclear waste storage
(4) Why Germany’s nuclear industry has ended and how this may affect the future of nuclear in other European countries

Oct 30, 2019
Ep 214: Andrej Stritar, Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration

In this episode, we discuss

1) The Nuclear Society of Slovenia and Slovenia’s nuclear industry
2) How publicly reporting nuclear events can lead to overreactions and widespread media attention
3) How an inability to make decisions is blocking Slovenia’s nuclear future
4) The need for trusted influencers to educate the Slovene public about nuclear radiation

Oct 29, 2019
Ep 213: Tomaž Žagar, Nuclear Society of Slovenia

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Radiation misconceptions and the importance of increasing education and communication
(2) GEN’s role in the Slovene nuclear industry and in Europe more broadly
(3) How renewable energies create volatile electricity markets, decreasing investment attractiveness
(4) The challenges involved in moving Slovenia to a zero carbon country

Oct 28, 2019
Ep 212: Doug Witherspoon, HyperJet Fusion Corporation

In this episode, we discuss...

1) HyperV Technologies’ focus on plasma jet magneto inertial fusion (PJMIF)
2) What PJMIF is and what the system components are
3) How further development is needed to achieve a smooth liner, a magnetized target and guns that can withstand the parameters
4) How additional funding is needed to accelerate development and bring fusion reactors to the break-even point

Oct 24, 2019
Ep 211: Mark Ho, Australian Nuclear Association Inc

In this episode, we discuss...

1) The history of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and the current research reactor
2) Australia’s nuclear industry and the current inquiries to overturn the nuclear ban
3) How simulated bubble formation in pressurized water reactors are used in RELAP code
4) How China’s molten salt reactors and new HTGR will generate 540 gigawatts of capacity by 2050

Oct 23, 2019
Ep 210: Helen Cook, Global Nuclear Energy Advisory

In this episode we discuss...

(1) Helen’s journey from a country banning nuclear energy towards publishing a textbook on nuclear law and the creation of her own nuclear law practice
(2) The regulatory challenges facing SMRs for newcomer countries
(3) The importance of nuclear liability in legal frameworks and the minimum liability amount of 300 million SDRs
(4) Egypt’s deal with Russia to build 4 VVER1200 reactors and the negotiations involved in establishing Egypt’s nuclear program

Oct 22, 2019
Ep 209: Ed Kee, Nuclear Economics Consulting Group

In this episode, we discuss how...
(1) Ed got his start in nuclear by going to the Naval Academy
(2) Ed took a break from his nuclear career to attend Harvard Business School
(3) Ed discusses the difficulties making nuclear competitive in a market system versus a regulated system 
(4) Ed discusses the future of nuclear in both the US and abroad 

Oct 21, 2019
Ep 208: Rod Adams, Atomic Insights

In this episode, we discuss...
(1) Rod Adam’s passion about nuclear energy
(2) How Rod started out as a Navy engineer in charge of a nuclear reactor on a submarine
(3) How Rod later opened his own nuclear energy company, Adam’s Atomic Engines
(4) How Rod now runs Atomic Insights, a website and podcast that acts as a scholarly resource and archive on the nuclear field

Oct 17, 2019
Ep 207: Neil Alexander, Bucephalus Consulting

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) How the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority became the commercial AA Technology nuclear practice
(2) How radioactive waste is disposed of in the UK, the US, and in Canada
(3) The importance of calibration when communicating radioactive waste and nuclear safety
(4) Establishing fertile SMR markets through effective communication and government commitment rather than technological advancement

Oct 16, 2019
Ep 206: Koroush Shirvan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) The importance of optimizing the secondary side design to remain competitive in today’s nuclear landscape
(2) The interdisciplinary nature of the nuclear field and the shift in the reactor design process to focus on economics and safety
(3) The economic conclusions from Koroush’s small reactor design research and how lower source terms mean less stringent NRC requirements
(4) The factors that determine the number of fuel cycles and the decision to reuse fuel

Oct 15, 2019
Ep 205: Tim Stone, Nuclear Industry Association

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Tim’s journey to the nuclear industry via Oxford University, the financial sector and government infrastructure projects
(2) How kickstarting the UK’s nuclear industry requires financial support from the government, a shift in design focus towards producing a product, and increasing supply chain and regulation efficiency
(3) How Tim helped shift the UK’s regulator towards a focus on outcomes rather than processes, creating more flexibility and a stronger relationship with industry
(4) How reaching the UK’s net zero by 2050 carbon goal requires education, new infrastructure and an energy portfolio that includes nuclear, renewables and carbon capture technology

Oct 14, 2019
Ep 204: Tom Evans, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) The evolution from single to coupled physics simulations with increased computational power
(2) Increasing computation power of supercomputers to 1.4 exaflops with the Exascale Computing Project
(3) Natural circulation and other new design features increases the complexity of reactor simulations
(4) More partnerships between industry and National Laboratories are needed to produce more simulated data and to push the nuclear industry forward

Oct 10, 2019
Ep 203: Wade Allison, Oxford University

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) How Atoms for Peace inspired Wade to enter science
(2) The importance of nuclear education for both young people and newcomer countries
(3) Why theater is a new way to educate the public about nuclear energy
(4) How nuclear power will be needed to provide food and water in the next century as climate change continues

Oct 09, 2019
Ep 202: Ben Heard, Bright New World

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Ben’s personal journey from anti- to pro-nuclear
(2) The importance of understanding identitarian politics when supporting a nuclear change of mind
(3) The challenges faced when changing identities
(4) Debating the value generated from radiation risk measures

Oct 08, 2019
Ep 201: Zabrina Johal, General Atomics

In this episode, we discuss:

(1) Zabrina's introduction to the nuclear field through the Navy
(2) How Admiral Hyman G. Rickover shaped the nuclear industry
(3) General Atomic's TRIGA program and vision for future nuclear designs
(4) How the US FESAC committee will use information from ITER to map out a plan for commercial fusion power

Oct 07, 2019
Ep 200: Naomi Senehi, Energy Impact Center

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Titans of Nuclear’s relationship to the Energy Impact Center and how it taught Naomi more about the nuclear industry
(2) Naomi’s graduate school plans and the importance of studying the spread of antibiotic resistance through water systems
(3) Naomi’s experience at the Fastest Path to Zero workshop
(4) How Naomi thinks the Titans for Nuclear podcast will evolve over time

Oct 03, 2019
Ep 199: Federico Puente, Tecnológico de Monterrey

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Federico’s interest in sustainability as a motivation for entering the nuclear industry
(2) Gaining public acceptance through information rather than promotion and aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals
(3) How the IAEA and experienced countries support newcomer countries through knowledge transfer
(4) How focusing on economics, management and building human resources can lead to success for the nuclear industry

Oct 02, 2019
Ep 198: Reuben Holmes, National Nuclear Laboratory

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) Why the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site will soon be decommissioned and how their graduate program moved Reuben into the nuclear sector
(2) How the Nuclear National Laboratory is researching the anti-corrosion chemistries of different nuclear reactor designs including fusion reactors
(3) Reuben’s involvement in the Young Generation Network and how he is working to share the next generation’s insights and accomplishments
(4) Researching how to engage the public better will improve nuclear acceptance and secure the future of the industry

Oct 01, 2019
Ep 197: Bruce McDowell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

In this episode, we discuss how...

(1) Bruce's role in the NRC approving the Clinch River Environmental Impact Statement
(2) The main considerations which go into developing an environmental impact statement for a nuclear power plant site
(3) How Bruce's up bringing and natural curiosity fueled his interest in site assessment
(4) Bruce's introduction to the nuclear field through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Sep 30, 2019
Ep 196: Rose Boll, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In this episode, we discuss:

(1) How Rose became interested in radioisotopes from an early interest in chemistry and medicine
(2) What an isotope is and how Actinium-225 is created
(3) Why the demand for Actinium-225 is increasing and the challenges the Tri-Lab Project faces in meeting this demand
(4) The role of education in radiation acceptance

Sep 27, 2019
Ep 195: Jeremy Renshaw, Electric Power Research Institute

In this episode, we discuss how...

(1) Jeremy Renshaw comes from a family of engineers and is raising children who are likewise passionate about math, science and robotics.
(2) He currently works at the Electric Power Research Institute, an independent nonprofit that conducts research and environmentally responsible demonstration projects to enhance the quality of life of people globally.
(3) Jeremy’s work in nuclear using robots to inspect dry spent fuel canisters; he discussed the need for dry fuel canisters due to the lack of repositories and the stalling of the Yucca Mountain project.
(4) He believes in the importance of research to increase the efficiency, safety and economic benefits to combat the negative perceptions of nuclear plants and discussed how the closer of current power plants is creating real risks to prevent imaginary ones.

Sep 26, 2019
Ep 194: Edward Calabrese, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) The impact of Silent Spring and environmental concerns of the 1960s that fostered Ed's interest in toxicology
(2) How the LNT theory came into practice and how we can look at low dose radiation using Hormetic Biphasic Dose Response Relationships
(3) How modest amounts of stress, in the form of low dose radiation to the body can be beneficial
(4) How the regulatory and medical communities have been mislead towards an LNT viewpoint

Sep 25, 2019
Ep 193: Chuck Casto, Station Blackout

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) How the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster changed the trajectory of Chuck's career
(2) Lessons in leadership learned through Chuck's personal experiences at the Fukushima site
(3) Chuck's background in nuclear power plant construction and equipment operation
(4) The importance of reflecting on Fukushima and the special nature of nuclear technology

Sep 24, 2019
Ep 192: Stephane Aubarbier, Assystem

In this episode, we discuss how...

(1) Decreasing focus on design and adopting the copy and paste model to deliver projects on time and on budget
(2) The reasons behind Assystem’s continued focus and success in the nuclear industry
(3) Why education is needed to understand that decreasing energy consumption will not stop climate change
(4) Assystem’s strategy when partnering with countries to develop nuclear programs

Sep 20, 2019
Ep 191: Jean Louis Ricaud - Senior Advisor, Assystem

In this episode we discuss how...

(1) The need for politicians to take on long-term issues and understand that decreasing electricity consumption is not a solution
(2) The difference between carbon emissions and carbon footprint and why the focus should shift towards decreasing overall carbon footprint
(3) Europe’s increasing electricity demand and the shift towards relocalization
(4) Making energy a strategic political issue

Sep 19, 2019
Ep 190: Robert Plana - Chief Technology Officer, Assystem

In this episode we discuss:

(1) Using the TRL and BRL scales to determine which innovation projects to invest in
(2) Monitoring nuclear reactor cracks using machine vision to save costs
(3) Creating nuclear facility maintenance schedules using predicted maintenance based on individual plant operating conditions
(4) Using AI to automatically extract data from 14 million physical nuclear reports

Sep 18, 2019
Ep 189: Tom Jones, Assystem

In this episode we discuss how:

(1) The new RAB finance model will attract long term investors to the UK’s nuclear industry
(2) Nuclear investment is needed for the UK to reach the Net 0 Target of 2050
(3) The Copy and Paste model decreases nuclear project risk
(4) The importance of educating children at a young age about nuclear power

Sep 17, 2019
Ep 188: Bernard Blanc, Assystem

In this episode, we discuss how...

(1) Assystem’s role in France’s nuclear industry
(2) The importance of mixed engineering teams when designing, constructing and commissioning nuclear power facilities
(3) Regulating fusion as a means to gain public support for nuclear power
(4) The role of ITER in the future of nuclear energy

Sep 16, 2019
Chernobyl: I was there

In the Titans of Nuclear Chernobyl podcast series, we sat down with experts in the field of nuclear energy to take a dive into the HBO television series "Chernobyl".

In episode three, we talk with Robert Gale who discusses:

(1) Traveling to Moscow to treat Chernobyl accident victims and volunteering his expertise in bone marrow transplants

(2) Writing a critique of the inaccuracies found in HBO’s Chernobyl series

(3) An inaccuracy in portraying the victims as being radioactive when the victims posed no threat to the physicians

(4) Chernobyl was an unfortunate accident that should not have happened and should not reflect poorly on nuclear power

Sep 13, 2019
Chernobyl: Radiation

In the Titans of Nuclear Chernobyl podcast series, we sat down with experts in the field of nuclear energy to take a dive into the HBO television series "Chernobyl".

In episode two, we talk with Jerry M. Cuttler, DSc, who received his BASc-Eng degree in engineering physics from the University of Toronto and his MSc and DSc degrees in nuclear sciences and engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology. He is also the former President of the Canadian Nuclear Society and a member of the American Council on Science and Health Board of Scientific Advisors. Jerry discusses:

(1) Working in Romania when the Chernobyl reactor accident happened and how he measured the radiation and confirmed it was safe to remain where he was

(2) The 237 workers who suffered very painful, acute radiation syndrome (ARS) and the OECD-NEA report, “Chernobyl, 10 Years On” 

(3) And other research findings


Sep 12, 2019
Chernobyl: Fact Checking

In the Titans of Nuclear Chernobyl podcast series, we sat down with experts in the field of nuclear energy to take a dive into the HBO television series "Chernobyl".

In episode one, we interview Andrew Daniels who is the author of After Fukushima: What We Now Know. Andrew discusses:

(1) Events that occurred at Chernobyl that were highlighted on the HBO show, and which events were missed out on
(2) Radiation dangers and the importance of how they're presented to the public
(3) Comparing Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and their role in shaping the public's perception of nuclear power
(4) Whether or not evacuation is necessary
(5) The timing of the HBO show and how audiences interact with television
(6) Russia's reaction to the HBO show

Sep 11, 2019
Ep 187: Ho Nieh, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) The founding principles of nuclear regulation

(2) The NRC’s new modernized approach to risk

(3) Licensing advanced reactors

(4) The opportunity for the NRC in the future of nuclear

Sep 10, 2019
Ep 186: Tim Freeman, SNC-Lavalin

In this episode, we discuss...

(1) How working with locals during the Embalse Life Extension Project helped secure the future of nuclear power in Argentinian communities
(2) The importance of refurbishments and how SNC Lavalin is learning from each CANDU refurbishment project
(3) Tim's work as Director of Field Services in maintaining and operating CANDU reactors for longevity
(4) How life extensions stack up to new builds and directions the nuclear industry can take in regards to each

Sep 06, 2019
Ep 185: Ruben Oris, SNC-Lavalin

(1) Ruben's early education in nuclear engineering during the Chernobyl incident
(2) The importance of educating the young generations in nuclear to be engaged in the next wave of nuclear designs
(3) Directions that SNC Lavalin is taking towards advanced technologies such as small modular reactors
(4) An innovation drive approach to the future of nuclear power for generations to come

Sep 05, 2019
Ep 184: Robert Mallozzi, SNC-Lavalin

(1) What Robert learned from working for ten years on maintenance issues at nuclear power plants
(2) Innovation which guided the design of equipment testing devices and life extension projects
(3) Shipping tooling systems to perform refurbishment processes on CANDU reactors worldwide
(4) How innovations in automation and advances in technology will help save money and time on retube outages

Sep 04, 2019
Ep 183: Catherine Cottrell, SNC-Lavalin

(1) SNC Lavalin's role in developing CANDU reactors and designing for advanced fuels
(2) SNCs strategy for bulding 1 CANDU reactor for every 4 PWRs
(3) How SNC Lavalin designs, develops and tracks their product development and performance
(4) Leveraging SNC's experience in licensing approval

Sep 03, 2019
Ep 182: Christer Dahlgren, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

(1) How growing up in Sweden shaped Christer's views on nuclear and eventual path to becoming a nuclear power plant operator the principal engineer at GE-Hitachi
(2) Designing nuclear power plants with licensing in mind to address pre-licensing and site specific licensing technicalities
(3) Simplifying system level changes in a nuclear power plants
(4) The MWRX300 small modular reactor and it's path to the commercial market in 2030

Aug 30, 2019
Ep 181: Emily Martin, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

(1) How Emily's family and mentorship shaped how she uses her technical and business skills at GE-Hitachi

(2) Emily's transition from the wind industry to nuclear and lessons on creating capacity and developing supply chains that can be exchanged between the two

(3) How investors are shaping GE sales of new technology components such as new fuels , reactor services, and plant models

(4) Advocating for nuclear energy through public speaking and how to handle challenging questions

Aug 29, 2019
Ep 180: Glen Watford, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

(1) Glen's introduction to nuclear engineering at the University of Florida and his early work on the interface of the fuel designers and the plant designers

(2) How GE used a down select method to focus on different reactor technologies and GE's early relationship with governmental nuclear efforts

(3) How the connections between nuclear technologies, safety and regulations shape the economics of the nuclear industry

(4) Developing a cost competitive design for the BWRX300

Aug 28, 2019
Ep 179: Mona Badie, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

(1) Mona's progression from software development and finance to leadership at GE nuclear

(2) Leveraging data historically collected in the nuclear industry for plant optimization

(3) Moving to condition based maintenance to build profiles for nuclear power plant assets

(4) Change advocacy from a nuclear perspective: introducing nuclear to the public and innovation to nuclear

Aug 27, 2019
Ep 178: Jon Ball, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

In this episode, we discuss how...

(1) Jon's path through the industry from handling fuel storage at Hanford to optimizing fuel production and working on services at GE Hitachi

(2) How the GE services division uses uprates to increase nuclear power production on a scale equivalent to building new nuclear power plants

(3) Jon's work on the ideation and inception of a design for small EWBRs, a high power output reactor, that could compete with combined gas

(4) The development of and target commercial markets for GE's BWRX 300 small modular reactor

Aug 26, 2019
Ep. 177 - George Apostolakis, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(1) A risk informed approach requires adopting both PRAs and Defense in Depth and Safety Margins
(2) Three Mile Island played an important role in the use of RSS in nuclear regulation
(3) How Japan restructured their nuclear industry post Fukushima
(4) The challenges of communicating nuclear risk

Aug 23, 2019
Ep. 176 - Daniel Poneman, U.S. Department of Energy

(1) Dans introduction to nuclear nonproliferation through as an undergraduate and in his early career in the Department of Energy

(2) Leveraging market forces in the nuclear energy industry to address national security issues through the Megatons to Megawatts program

(3) Dan's upcoming work on developing centrifuges for the production of high assay low enriched uranium

Aug 09, 2019
Ep. 175 - Joseph Hezir, Energy Futures Initiative

In this episode, we discuss how...

  • Joseph entered the nuclear energy industry through his work at the Office of Management and Budget


    Joseph's involvement in the MIT Energy Initiatives led to the formation of the Energy Futures Initiative

  • Policy should balance the needs to mitigate and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

We hope you enjoy the show!

Jul 11, 2019
Ep. 174 - Finis Southworth, AREVA

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Finis’ path away from fusion and into nuclear fuel and waste management
  • The history behind nuclear fuel recycling
  • How construction of St. Lucie Plant Unit 2 succeed in a post Three Mile Island era
  • Improving fuel efficiency of nuclear reactors by reducing load-following
  • Finis’ transition from Florida Power & Light to Idaho National Laboratory
  • The inception of the Plutonium Focus Area project and how it addressed nuclear waste and environmental questions
  • Finis’ focus on improving research and development as former Chief Technology Officer at Areva

We hope you enjoy the show!

Jul 03, 2019
Ep. 173 - Ralph Izzo, Public Service Enterprise Group

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Ralph became interested in fusion
  • The ways climate change goals shape Public Service Enterprise Group's energy strategy
  • The importance of tackling climate change through nuclear energy and energy efficiency
Jun 19, 2019
Ep. 172 - Bill Ostendorff, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Bill Ostendorff’s 26 year career as a Navy nuke and how it prepared him for the rest of his career
  • Bill’s responsibilities as Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Commissioner for the Nuclear Regulatory
  • The importance of government investment in the nuclear industry today
Jun 12, 2019
Chernobyl, Episode Zero

In the Titans of Nuclear Chernobyl podcast series, we'll sit down with experts in the field of nuclear energy to take a dive into the HBO television series "Chernobyl".

This is episode zero, featuring Titan Bret Kugelmass. Naomi and Michelle discuss with Bret how the Energy Impact Center and Titans of Nuclear podcast are responding to the recent release of HBO's miniseries "Chernobyl", a discussion on which Titans would be best to sit down with and analyze the show and some surprising behind the scenes thoughts on what Bret, Michelle and Naomi felt after watching "Chernobyl". 

Jun 05, 2019
Ep 171: Rep. Seth Moulton, United States House of Representatives

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Seth Moulton’s background in physics and the Marines led to a political career
  • Role of science in Congress and decision making
  • Ways Congress encourages innovation to fund technical solutions
  • Effect of automation on the American workforce and why an education revolution is the key to success
  • How the green technology revolution affects energy, climate and national security
  • Role of long term budgeting in energy development and planning for a carbon-free country
  • Making climate change personal in Seth's pursuit of the Presidency 
May 31, 2019
Ep 170: Rep. Bill Foster, United States House of Representatives

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Bill Foster’s background as an entrepreneur and physicist
  • An unintentional discovery Foster made while searching for proton decay
  • Role of the FERMI National Accelerator Lab in the particle physics world
  • How two generations of Fosters used their scientific expertise in public service roles
  • Resources available to Congress for technical evaluation of specialty topics
  • Why economics is the most important factor in decarbonization and fighting climate change
  • Public perception of nuclear technology and how it affects levels of social acceptance
  • Potential for accelerator-driven nuclear energy systems
  • How Bill Foster strategizes energy policy reform as an Illinois Congressman 
May 27, 2019
Ep 169: Juan EibenSchutz Hartman, Mexico's National Nuclear Safety and Safeguards Commission

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Juan EibenSchutz Hartman’s engineering background led to a career in nuclear
  • Why Mexico considered adding nuclear power to its energy mix and how it was achieved
  • Mexico’s development of a decision analysis program through the Stanford Research Institute
  • How public perception of nuclear technology became rooted in mistrust and what the nuclear community is doing to change it
  • Why small modular reactors (SMRs) may transform the industry away from a tendency of non-uniformity
  • A comparison of nuclear waste and other industrial waste in terms of perception and regulation
  • Juan EibenSchutz Hartman’s responsibilities as Director General of Mexico's National Nuclear Safety and Safeguards Commission
May 24, 2019
Ep 168: Dr. Bob Ichord, Atlantic Council

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Bob Ichord’s entrance into international energy research
  • How the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) brings rural electrification to Southeast Asia
  • How Chernobyl affected global safety and policy for nuclear reactors
  • The future of US nuclear power export and import markets
  • Nuclear’s role in urbanization and growth in developing countries
  • Results of the Atlantic Council Task Force Report on U.S. Nuclear Leadership
  • Importance of innovation and commercialization of small modular reactors (SMRs)
May 23, 2019
Ep. 167 - Jeff Navin, Boundary Stone Partners

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Jeff Navin’s high school dream of becoming a politician
  • Changes in the energy policymaking atmosphere during the Obama Administration
  • How politicization of climate change made the carbon emissions problem worse
  • Strategically using advanced reactors to start climate conversations and get policymakers on board
  • How setting a 100% clean energy goal will promote competition in technological advances
  • Challenges faced by advanced reactors in the research and development field
  • Why politicians seek out Jeff Navin and Boundary Stone Partners to help differentiate themselves on climate change
May 22, 2019
Ep 166: Bob Walker, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Bob Walker’s career in the Canadian Department of National Defence led to his role as a nuclear energy leader
  • Role of the National Research Universal Reactor (NRU) in radioactive medical isotope production for the global healthcare market
  • Current status of CANada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactor refurbishment around Canada
  • Why Canada pursued CANDU and pressurized heavy water reactor design
  • Canada’s development of an intricate logistics, transportation, and distribution plan for medical isotopes
  • Options for used fuel storage and how the community is involved in the decision
  • Applications of small modular reactors (SMR’s) in Canada and across the globe
  • Bob Walker’s path to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
May 21, 2019
Ep 165: Margie Doane, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Margie’s upbringing influenced her career
  • How nuclear export licensing works and why it’s important to the safe handling and security of nuclear materials
  • Why it was important for Margie to consider transboundary effects of Fukushima when negotiating to affirm the IAEA’s post-Fukushima frameworks
  • How the Supreme Court’s post-Fukushima ruling against the NRC’s Waste Confidence policy caused an abrupt halt in plans for domestic and international nuclear power plant construction
  • How Margie’s 3-step risk assessment process helped propel her to the top of the NRC
  • How training staff on new and different technologies, such as SMRs, will help propel NRC regulations forward
May 20, 2019
Ep 164: Marc Nichol, Nuclear Energy Institute

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How a high school project on propulsion led to Marc Nichol’s career in nuclear energy
  • Responsibilities and considerations for managing spent fuel on-site and off-site
  • A comparison of costs and markets for small modular reactors (SMR’s) and micro-reactors
  • How Alaska is preparing for deployment of groundbreaking micro-reactor technology
  • Future capabilities of the nuclear industry to provide energy for electricity, heating, and transportation
  • How Marc Nichol connects with communities, industries, and governments as Director of New Reactor Deployment at the Nuclear Energy Institute
May 17, 2019
Ep 163: Akira Tokuhiro, Ontario Tech University

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Akira Tokuhiro’s interest in race car design inspired him to study nuclear engineering
  • Research for the Japanese sodium cooled fast reactor
  • How nuclear energy safety culture and public risk perception compares to other industries
  • Responsibilities of being a director and licensed operator of a university experimental reactor
  • Safety challenges of graphite-moderated nuclear reactors
  • How the nuclear industry united to address the accident at Fukushima
  • Benefits of NuScale Power’s small modular reactors (SMR’s)
  • Akira’s development of a new Bachelor of Technology in Sustainable Energy Systems at Ontario Tech University
May 16, 2019
Ep 162: Jackie Kempfer, Third Way

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Jackie’s collegiate upbringing in North Carolina pursuing International Relations
  • Jackie’s transition into nuclear energy studies in graduate school and her Graduate Thesis on “Nuclear Disinheritance”
  • How Jackie gained experience in nuclear at the Stimson Center 
  • The development of the Organizational Governance Template for Nuclear Security
  • Jackie’s work at Third Way in the Clean Energy Program
  • The newly enacted Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA)
May 15, 2019
Ep 161: Evan Sengbusch, Phoenix

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Evan Sengbusch’s background in physics led him to his current role as President of Phoenix
  • Production of lower energy, higher current deuteron accelerators as neutron sources
  • The roles preserving research reactors and producing a domestic supply of Molybdenum 99 play in the nation’s medical industry
  • New capabilities of thermal neutron imaging and fast neutron imaging
  • The development of neutrons as an inspection tool for complex, high density materials and components
  • How Phoenix’s partnership with SHINE could change medical radioisotope production in the US
May 14, 2019
Ep 160: Eben Mulder, X Energy

In this episode, we discuss...

  • The role of the Atomic Energy Corporation in South Africa’s nuclear development
  • System challenges of dramatically scaling nuclear technology
  • Innovative nuclear solutions to service the vast population differences in South Africa
  • Germany’s role in educating and supporting South Africa’s pebble-bed nuclear reactor
  • Groundbreaking postgraduate nuclear programs Mulder founded at North-West University
  • X Energy’s mission to commercially establish pebble-bed reactor technology and spread it throughout the world
  • Challenges of obtaining clientele and licensing for new nuclear technology
  • Evolution of the pebble-bed nuclear reactor and the energy potential it can bring to the U.S. electrical grid
May 13, 2019
Ep 159: Shane Johnson, Department of Energy

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Three Mile Island and the oil embargo influenced Shane to pursue nuclear engineering
  • How Shane helped support university test reactors through his role at the Office of Nuclear Energy
  • How tritium influenced the history behind the Office of New Production Reactors national security program
  • Creating a roadmap for Generation IV reactor development and deployment
  • How contracting to end users can help mobilize new nuclear
  • The driving issues behind construction and deployment of new nuclear technologies
  • How the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) program united research and design efforts
May 09, 2019
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May 09, 2019
Ep 158: Susan Landahl, Exelon Generation

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How nuclear engineering and health physics are connected in education and industry
  • Insight into radiation protection design and emergency planning
  • How Susan Landahl broke down gender barriers in nuclear power plant operation
  • Models, such as the linear no-threshold theory, which are used to analyze radiation dosage and related health effects
  • The role of virtual reality in nuclear power plant training and operation
  • Improving all aspects of the nuclear industry through a culture of innovation
  • Nuclear power’s place in the U.S. electrical grid
May 04, 2019
Ep 157: Kathleen Barron, Exelon Generation

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Kathleen Barron's background in nuclear and how she came to be Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Exelon
  • How the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) restructured the electricity industry to become more competitive
  • Assessing legal sustainability of changes to energy infrastructure
  • How FERC manages concerns related to market rates and environmental impacts
  • Regional impacts on the electrical grid energy balance and how clean energy is integrated
  • Decarbonization implications of producing the energy source versus energy extraction
  • Legal challenges of saving existing nuclear reactors from decommissioning
  • State influence on nuclear energy generation and financial implications of their decisions
May 03, 2019
Ep 156: Brad Fewell, Exelon Generation

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Fewell’s law background that led him towards the energy industry
  • Fewell’s first position with the NRC, and the responsibilities, experiences and relationships he accumulated while there
  • Fewell’s transition into the private sector working for Exelon Generation
  • Fewell’s cases with Exelon revolving around Security, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Generation Nation – Exelon’s local nuclear advocacy program for its employees and their communities
  • Fewell’s marketing strategy to combat irrational stigma on nuclear energy
May 02, 2019
Ep 155: Mara Levy, Exelon Generation

In this episode, we discuss...

  • Mara Levy's personal journey through the nuclear industry and her day-to-day at Exelon
  • The impact of hands-on education for nuclear engineering students
  • What the new fuel receipt process looks like in preparation for a nuclear refueling outage
  • Roles and responsibilities of an on-site reactor engineer
  • Why power descents at nuclear plants are needed and how they are coordinated
  • Stakeholders involved in power maneuver planning
  • Outreach efforts of North American Young Generation in Nuclear
  • Public education efforts of Generation Nation
May 01, 2019
Ep 154: Michael Gallagher, Exelon Generation

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Michael Gallagher entered the power generation industry
  • The different management roles at a nuclear power plant
  • The differences between boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors
  • Methods for controlling radiation and shaping power in a boiling water reactor
  • The effects of fuel design and core efficiency on nuclear fuel consumption
  • Requirements for a nuclear power plant renewal license application
  • Federal limitations on the life cycle of a nuclear power plant
  • Global impacts of affordable and reliable energy sources
Apr 30, 2019
Ep 153: Marilyn Kray, Exelon Generation

In this episode we discuss...

  • Marilyn Kray's personal journey through the nuclear industry
  • How different engineering disciplines collaborate to make a nuclear plant operate
  • The role of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the design and construction of nuclear power plants
  • How the culture between utilities and regulators in the nuclear industry has evolved over time
  • What it takes to prepare and execute a nuclear plant refueling outage plan
  • Licensing options for existing and newly designed nuclear plants during design, construction, and operation
  • How traditional utilities and investors are getting involved with new nuclear technology
  • Education efforts supported and funded by the American Nuclear Society
Apr 29, 2019
Ep 152: Bryan Hanson, Exelon Generation

In this episode we discuss...

  • An overview of Exelon Generation’s developmental history and successful expansion across the US
  • A glimpse into Hanson’s upbringing throughout his childhood and academic pursuits in nuclear engineering in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Hanson’s experiences in his first position as a nuclear engineer with the Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station, and his professional climb towards his current position as Chief Nuclear Officer
  • Hanson’s optimism for educating public opinion on the science of nuclear engineering and it’s minimal effects on the environment
  • The development of worldwide standards of excellence in nuclear engineering thanks to the US Nuclear Fleet, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, and the World Association of Nuclear Operators
  • Hanson’s leadership strategy as Chief Nuclear Officer at Exelon Generation, as well as new initiatives for the future of nuclear engineering
Apr 28, 2019
Ep 151: KunMo Chung, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

In this episode we discuss...

  • Why nuclear power was important to building South Korea's economy 
  • How standardizing nuclear reactor development led to the success of the OPR and APR-1400 reactors
  • Why South Korea’s partnership with ABB-Combustion Engineering has been so successful
  • How South Korea is helping the United Arab Emirates develop their own nuclear power plan
  • Why uniting utilities under one umbrella might be the best way to cut costs in the nuclear power industry
  • How South Korea is helping Kenya develop into a medium-level industrialized nation by 2030
Apr 22, 2019
Ep 150: Gerry Thomas, Imperial College London

In this episode we discuss...

  • Gerry’s research and involvement in tissue banking and molecular pathology during the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster
  • The studies and effects of thyroid cancer based on age, environment, and adequate research & evidence
  • Being a pro-nuclear scientist in the scientific community
  • The common misconceptions about nuclear energy and it's risk factors
  • Gerry’s involvement in the Chernobyl Tissue Bank and how that research paved the way for the work of the Imperial Tissue Bank today
  • How the Imperial Tissue Bank’s epidemiology studies can be used to effectively change policy on nuclear energy
Apr 17, 2019
Ep 149: Michael Reichenberger, Idaho National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • Michael Reichenberger’s entrance into the nuclear industry as a mechanical engineer
  • How fission detectors measure neutrons in nuclear reactors
  • The design, development, and deployment of Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors in a test reactor
  • Advantages of the Advanced Test Reactor for nuclear fuels and materials testing
  • Benefits of real-time sensors in test reactors and how they impact development of commercial reactors
  • The potential value of real-time sensors in the operation of advanced reactor designs
Apr 16, 2019
Ep 148: Neal Cohen, Nuclear Energy Institute

In this episode we discuss...

  • Neal’s role at the Nuclear Energy Institute and what nuclear energy has to offer to society
  • The importance of having advocates for nuclear energy that communicate the benefits of nuclear energy
  • How to overcome the general public’s concerns about nuclear power through education
  • New technologies being used in old power plants to improve efficiency, production, and safety
  • The economics of exporting nuclear power and why the United States wants to lead this movement
  • The importance of established nuclear energy as a base load power source to support renewable energy
  • How early education about nuclear power can influence public perception about the industry and its technology
  • A call to action for cooperation between generations to work towards a future without global warming through the use of nuclear technologies
Apr 15, 2019
Ep 147: James Stubbins, University of Illinois

In this episode we discuss...

  • Technical challenges of scaling up high temperature nuclear power plant designs
  • The relationship between nuclear power generation efficiency and reaction temperature
  • The effects of oxidation and carbonization on turbine blades in different nuclear reactors
  • How nuclear reactor designs plan for long-term material degradation in critical components
  • Modern methods of analyzing effects of radiation on metal alloys
  • How the impacts of neutrons on metal lattice structures drive material design
  • Performance criteria for critical components of nuclear plant materials
  • How today’s nuclear industry is reinvesting in nuclear-related education and research
Apr 12, 2019
Ep 146: Tomasz Kozlowski, University of Illinois

In this episode we discuss...

  • Why water is the best coolant in any reactor
  • Why molten salt reactors (MSRs) are a safeguard’s nightmare
  • How molten salt reactors differ from lightwater reactors
  • Why the Experimental Breeder Reactor II would be the best fuel reprocessing solution
  • How nuclear energy can stop climate change in its tracks
  • Why the mass production of nuclear reactors is the only way to solve China’s energy demands
Apr 11, 2019
Ep 145: Katy Huff, University of Illinois

In this episode we discuss:

  • What a nuclear fuel cycle is and how it is analyzed
  • How a surplus of enriched uranium impacts nuclear fuel prices
  • The connection between high enrichment nuclear fuel and inherent safety features
  • How negative temperature coefficients affect nuclear heat transfer
  • Computational tools for analyzing the nuclear fuel life cycle and transfer methods
  • Costs and benefits of nuclear waste reprocessing and how nations manage it
  • Long term safety considerations for nuclear waste disposal of different isotopes
  • Competitive advantages of nuclear energy and its impact on computational science
Apr 10, 2019
Ep 144: Bill Fox, SNC-Lavalin

In this episode we discuss...

  • Utility-owned design and construction of nuclear reactors
  • The impact of constructability in innovative nuclear reactor designs
  • Challenges of the V.C. Summer nuclear project
  • How to turn nuclear design mistakes into lessons learned for the future
  • Financial challenges of new nuclear technology development, like mPower
  • How generalizing small modular reactor designs affect cost and schedule
  • Differences between nuclear industry visions and realistic expectations for production
  • Opportunity cost benefits of nuclear energy that provide an all-around energy solution
Apr 01, 2019
Ep 143: Paula Maguire, Ontario Power Generation

In this episode we discuss...

  • How Paula Maguire worked her way up to become a training manager for Ontario Power Generation
  • The purpose and structure of a utility training organization
  • How collaboration between utility stations can impact a plant’s operations and the nuclear industry as a whole
  • How to inspire your utility workforce and maximize their value at the station
  • The importance of leadership in a highly technical field such as nuclear energy
  • The purpose of operational safety analyses and how they differ across the globe
  • The impact of transparency and open communication in the nuclear industry
Mar 21, 2019
Ep 142: Sean Donnelly, UBattery

In this episode we discuss...

  • How Sean Donnelly was inspired by the dynamic and unique challenges of the nuclear industry
  • How AR can help improve human efficiency in nuclear
  • The important role Kinectrics has played in helping to develop nuclear technology
  • How the U-Battery is revolutionizing the future of nuclear reactors
  • Why triso fuels are the best choice for the U-Battery
  • Kinectrics' hopes to deploy the U-Battery in Canada and the U.K. simultaneously
  • Why placing U-Batteries at Chalk River and Urenco would be the best models for what this technology can do for costs and power generation
  • Nuclear's pivotal role in the future of clean energy
Mar 20, 2019
Ep 141: Doug Jensen, Cameco Corporation

In this episode we discuss...

  • How Doug Jensen’s concern for the environment led to his work in nuclear energy
  • Why Doug Jensen believes that nuclear power is the answer to our climate change problems
  • How Cameco has become so specialized at producing zirconium tubing for nuclear fuel
  • Why Improving fuel manufacturing efficiency leads to great benefits for nuclear power plants
  • Why long-term guarantee contracts are so important for making capital improvements to the manufacturing process
  • How Cameco has fostered crucial customer relationships in the nuclear industry
  • Cameco's role in the future of SMRs -Why SMRs make the most sense to replace fossil fuels with clean energy
Mar 19, 2019
Ep 140: Howard Shearer, Hitachi Canada

In this episode we discuss...

  • Howard Shearer’s background in the nuclear industry before becoming Hitachi Canada’s CEO
  • Providing technical solutions to clients with multi-sector collaboration
  • The Future implementation of nuclear technology across sectors
  • Corporate responsibility and the social impacts of nuclear energy deployment
  • How large multinational corporations can support technology development and implementation
  • Data security in the energy generation industry
  • Importance of continuing education in the energy industry
Mar 15, 2019
Ep 139: Matthew Mairinger, North American Young Generation in Nuclear

In this episode we discuss...

  • Matthew Mairinger’s passion for nuclear engineering and the nuclear industry
  • A deep dive into the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN)
  • How industry youth groups are influencing the future of nuclear energy
  • Tools developed to educate and prepare the next generation of nuclear engineers
  • The importance of bridging the gap between clean energy industries
  • The power of everyday conversation in restoring the public’s confidence in nuclear energy
  • How small modular reactors (SMR’s) could change the future of energy in rural Canada
Mar 14, 2019
Ep 138: Colleen DeMerchant, Nuclear Insurance Association of Canada

In this episode we discuss...

  • How Colleen DeMerchant got involved in nuclear insurance
  • Why Fukushima has made nuclear site safety even stronger
  • How nuclear insurance pools work and why they foster important collaboration between insurers
  • How SMRs will diversify nuclear liability coverage in the future
  • Why extending nuclear liability time may raise questions and concerns in the insurance industry
  • How insurers are meeting higher liability amounts for the nuclear industry across the world
Mar 13, 2019
Ep 137: John Barrett, Canadian Nuclear Association

In this episode, we discuss...

  • John Barrett's push for Canada to become a leader of clean global nuclear energy
  • How John helps develop verification processes for nuclear disarmament and arms control
  • How John's work in NATO and the Canadian Defense Department has helped safeguard nuclear energy
  • How John uses the skills he gained as a speechwriter to help make nuclear policies more accessible to the public
  • John's work as the Canadian Ambassador to Vienna
  • How just 4 or 5 CANDU nuclear reactors in Alberta would virtually eliminate their provincial carbon footprint
  • How CANDU nuclear reactors are garnering a new kind of relationship with traditionally difficult governments
  • How Canada has helped reduce the use of carbon fuels with their CANDU reactors on a global scale
Mar 12, 2019
Ep 136: Zhong He, University of Michigan

In this episode we discuss...

  • Zhong He’s path to physics and the study of radiation detectors
  • How different materials interact with gamma rays in semiconductor detectors
  • Using electrons and electron whole pairs to determine gamma ray energy
  • The impact of charge trapping in semiconductor detectors
  • Practical application of high precision gamma rays
  • Benefits of radiation imaging compared to radiation sensing
  • Calculating the location of gamma ray sources through the use of radiation detectors
  • How to support the next generation of physics education
Mar 08, 2019
Ep 135: Sara Pozzi, University of Michigan

In this episode we discuss...

  • How Sara Pozzi helped design international nuclear disarmament verification technologies at Oak Ridge
  • The difference between active and passive interrogation in detecting nuclear materials
  • Challenges of detecting nuclear materials smuggled in on container ships
  • What the IAEA is doing to help promote non-proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world
  • Why spent nuclear fuel is still a proliferation threat to the world
  • How the Department of Energy’s Consortium initiatives are training nuclear engineers for the workforce
  • Why Sara believes we need to be focusing on detecting and characterizing special nuclear materials to keep us safe
Mar 07, 2019
Ep 134: Alec Thomas, University of Michigan

In this episode we discuss...

  • Alec Thomas’ path to plasma physics at the University of Michigan
  • Challenges of modeling an atom
  • How laser plasma accelerators create energy
  • The interactions between charged particles and plasma wave oscillations
  • Benefits of plasma accelerators compared to high energy physics accelerators
  • The use of titanium-doped sapphire crystals in lasers
  • Plasma technology for medical applications
  • Economic advantages of laser plasma accelerators
Mar 06, 2019
Ep 133: James Duderstadt, University of Michigan

In this episode we discuss...

  • James Duderstadt's beginnings in science and academia and his journey through the nuclear industry
  • James’ work on Project Rover, an American project to develop a nuclear thermal rocket
  • Why James believes nuclear energy is a viable answer to reversing climate change
  • How the University of Michigan played a crucial role in the creation of the Internet and pioneered the Hathi Trust digital library project
  • How regulated markets have driven up the price of building nuclear plants in the United States
  • Why big companies aren’t investing in higher education anymore
  • The incredible benefits Artificial Intelligence could mean for nuclear and the obstacles James believes AI must first overcome
Mar 05, 2019
Ep 132: Steven Freel, Studsvik Scandpower

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Steven Freel began work in the nuclear industry building nuclear control room simulators
  • Steven’s path through the nuclear industry, including his time at startup companies like Singer Link (now GSE Systems)
  • How Steven’s unconventional approach to leadership helped spotlight him for CEO of Studsvik Scandpower
  • Ways in which Studsvik Scandpower is changing how fuel is chosen and managed at power plants
  • The divisions of Studsvik and ways in which the company’s new software technologies are making power plants more efficient
  • Steven’s vision for the future of nuclear and what it will take to change public perception
Mar 01, 2019
Ep 131: Joshua Goldstein, A Bright Future

In this episode we discuss...

  • Joshua Goldstein’s background as an environmentalist and politician
  • Sweden’s successful build-up of nuclear power and lessons learned from Germany’s build-up of renewable power
  • How to normalize nuclear energy by educating the public on its risks and benefits
  • Future global energy demand and the necessity of nuclear energy
  • Promotion of global decarbonization with a nuclear power backbone
  • Impacts of marketing in developing public perceptions of different energy sources
  • Creating a smarter economy to solve climate change
  • Goals of the Nuclear Energy Modernization Act for future reactor licensing
Feb 22, 2019
Ep 130: Eddie Guerra, Arup

In this episode we discuss...

  • The renewed enthusiasm by vendors and contractors for nuclear power in the Americas
  • Why public perception needs to improve to make nuclear power a viable option in some areas
  • Advancements in structural analysis techniques allow for more robust plant designs
  • How younger engineers and Puerto Ricans are impacting the nuclear industry in a positive way
  • Why United States nuclear industry leaders are relied upon to advance nuclear interests worldwide
  • How SMRs offer opportunities to advance nuclear power generation in the U.S. and worldwide
  • How SMR design allows for core cooling without reliance on external power sources
  • Ways in which Puerto Rico could implement SMRs to meet their energy needs
Feb 15, 2019
Ep 129: Rex Geveden, BWX Technologies

In this episode we discuss...

  • Rex’s academic background & background at NASA
  • Rex’s focus at Teledyne Technologies
  • How Rex transitioned to nuclear
  • BWXT’s role supporting US Navy
  • Market innovation at BWXT
  • Technology innovation at BWXT
  • Other clients of BWXT
  • Future of nuclear energy in U.S.
Feb 08, 2019
Ep 128: Susan Eisenhower, The Eisenhower Group

In this episode we discuss...

  • Susan Eisenhower on growing up as the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower
  • The origins of her fascination with US-Soviet relations
  • How her career began in corporate strategic marketing and took her to arms control and nuclear energy
  • The Megatons to Megawatts Program
  • The benefits of a cross-disciplinary approach to problem-solving
  • How nuclear energy makes the world not just cleaner, but safer
  • Why policymakers need a better strategy for international relations, for nuclear energy, and for climate change
  • What it will take to make headway on climate change
Feb 01, 2019
Ep 127: Philip Sharp, United States House of Representatives

In this episode we discuss...

  • Philip Sharp’s entrance into politics and energy policy
  • Significant changes in the energy industry in the 1970s and 80s
  • Environmental regulation vs. economic regulation
  • Sharp’s accomplishments in Congress
  • The role of educational institutions such as Harvard in energy
  • The overall role of RFF
  • Sharp’s research with RFF
  • The future of energy policy in the US and the world
Jan 25, 2019
Ep 126: Stephen Burns, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In this episode we discuss...

  • Lessons learned from the Three-Mile Island accident
  • The importance of information sharing among the nuclear industry to increase safety
  • Refocusing of priorities regarding the NRC’s regulatory responsibilities
  • Post 9/11 refocusing on safety and robust engineering
  • Implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima accident
  • Functions of the NRC and reactions to recent events
  • Collaboration among countries and joint research projects are beneficial to the nuclear industry
  • Prospects for the future of the nuclear industry
Jan 18, 2019
BONUS Episode: Season Farewell
Nov 26, 2018
Ep. 125 - Mark Lewis, Tri Alpha Energy

In this episode we discuss...

  • Mark Lewis’ career trajectory in finance and energy as Head of Global Business Development at General Electric and Chief Business Officer at Tri Alpha Energy
  • Mark Lewis’ work acquiring Amersham, Silex, and Hitachi Nuclear Energy for General Electric
  • How Tri Alpha Energy radiation-free fuel path uses hydrogen and boron for nuclear fusion
  • Nuclear fusion efforts to provide a large firm load of carbon-free and radiation-free energy
  • Driven by natural disasters, the focus on micro grids and the need for grid resiliency and lower carbon energy
  • Tri Alpha Energy’s use of plasma physics and accelerator physics to stabilize plasma in nuclear fusion
  • How terrestrial fusion and plasma physics can be used to provide carbon-free energy
  • How to finance a lower carbon economy with wind, solar, and nuclear power
Nov 22, 2018
Ep 124: Bob Mumgaard, Commonwealth Fusion

In this episode we discuss...

  • Bob’s background in fusion and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Bob’s day-to-day as Chief Executive Officer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems
  • Bob’s graduate work at MIT researching new technologies to solve fundamental challenges with fusion
  • Superconductors, their applications, and how Bob has significantly contributed to their productization
  • The mechanisms that enable superconductors to operate at very high temperatures
  • Why only 3 of over 100,000 superconductors have been commercialized
  • How collaboration between academics and industrialists is helping to drive fusion technology into the marketplace
  • Bob’s mission to expedite superconductivity commercialization so that it can be deployed globally
Nov 21, 2018
Ep 123: Dennis Whyte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this episode we discuss...

  • Dennis’ background and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • A deep dive into tokamaks and their innerworkings
  • The definition of a plasma
  • Why heat and density are crucial to successful fusion and the material challenges involved
  • How tritium is extracted from lithium
  • Requirements to prevent coolant itself from becoming radioactive
  • Design challenges surrounding fusion systems including pumps and their inability to distinguish between helium and unburned fuel
  • The physics of magnetism
  • Dennis’ mission to change the global nuclear industry through his work at MIT to make fusion economically viable
Nov 20, 2018
Ep 122: Jacopo Buongiorno, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this episode we discuss...

  • Jacopo’s background in techno-economic analysis and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Jacopo’s work at the Idaho National Laboratory before he returned to his alma mater MIT as a professor of nuclear science and engineering
  • Lead-bismuth reactors and the processes within
  • Jacopo’s contributions to MIT Energy Initiative’s recent report, “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World”
  • Why Jacopo believes when it comes to reducing cost we should focus on improving construction methods rather than changing coolant or fuel
  • A breakdown of the costs involved in building a new plant
  • Inaccuracies in cost prediction surrounding AP-1000 and EPR and ways in which we can improve cost prediction
  • The benefits of assembling several microreactors to take advantage of economies of multiple versus economics of scale of size
  • Shipyard building and how Jacopo’s research at MIT works to reduce construction costs
Nov 19, 2018
Ep 121: Mark Lesinski, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode we discuss...

  • Mark’s background in biology and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • A behind the scenes look at the Canada Nuclear Laboratory team and how each department coordinates with the others
  • The lifecycle of nuclear plants and Mark’s evolution from repairing to decommissioning plants
  • The decommissioning of Rocky Flats Plant, a nuclear weapons production facility that now serves as a model for other decommissioning projects
  • The cleanup processes involved in decommissioning
  • Mark’s work with British Nuclear Fuels Limited and then later as Chief Nuclear Officer for Magnox South
  • Chalk River Laboratories and its important place in nuclear history
  • Challenges with media and public perception surrounding nuclear energy and weapons
  • A deep dive into CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) reactors
  • The benefits of SMRs and Canada Nuclear Lab’s mission to facilitate global implementation
Nov 16, 2018
Ep 120: Rosaura Ham-Su, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode we discuss...

  • Rosaura’s interest in nuclear from a young age and her journey through the industry
  • Rosaura’s PhD in material science at McMaster University where she focused on ceramics processing
  • A deep dive into the importance of ceramics processing in regards to creating nuclear fuel
  • Magnetic shape memory alloys
  • Challenges associated with fuel processing and manufacturing and how Canada Nuclear Labs is working to overcome them
  • What drives requirements for creating new fuel from spent fuel and the economics involved
  • Canada Nuclear Lab’s research regarding new fuels and their increased safety
  • The ratio of plutonium-239 and plutonium-240 and how it changes over fuel’s lifespan within a reactor
  • The importance of waste management technology to nuclear success
Nov 15, 2018
Ep 119: Metin Yetisir, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode we discuss...

  • Metin’s background in mechanical engineering and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • A deep dive into CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) reactors
  • The inner mechanisms that cause steam reactor tubes to fail and how we’ve overcome this issue
  • Metin’s work in thermal performance and degradation studies
  • The neutronics and safety systems in PWRs and BDWs versus those in light water reactors
  • A breakdown of supercritical water
  • How technologies and designs within supercritical coal plants could potentially be recycled to create supercritical nuclear plants
  • Lessons learned from light and heavy water reactors and how Canada Nuclear Labs is applying those lessons to new technologies
  • The Pan-Canadian SMR Initiative and its mission to facilitate global implementation
Nov 14, 2018
Ep 118: Corey McDaniel, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode we discuss...

  • Corey’s background in nuclear engineering and personal journey from Los Alamos to Canada Nuclear Labs
  • The history of US nuclear including the Nuclear Renaissance and the Energy Policy Act of 2005
  • Corey’s contributions to nuclear startup NuScale Power
  • Challenges in nuclear across India and Asia including infrastructure, training, and corruption
  • Corey’s work for an electrical supplier of cabling and the safety systems involved
  • International issues with CFSI (Counterfeit Fraudulent Suspect Items) and their toll on public trust
  • Canada Nuclear Lab’s world class hot cells
  • The future of Canada Nuclear Lab and its work surrounding light water reactors and sustainability
  • A deep dive into fuel qualification
  • Canada’s new build market and the significant role it plays in the global industry
Nov 13, 2018
Ep 117: Kathryn McCarthy, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

In this episode we discuss...

  • Kathryn’s background in nuclear engineering and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • The evolution of fusion and a deep dive into liquid metal magnetohydrodynamics
  • Kathryn’s work with liquid metal magnetohydrodynamics in the Soviet Union
  • A deep dive into volatilization
  • The Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative aka The Fuel Cycle R&D Program and Kathryn’s work optimizing the backend of the fuel cycle
  • Low level waste repositories and the political challenges surrounding new repository sites
  • Canada Nuclear Lab’s mission to promote SMR’s (small modular reactors)
  • How a healthy dynamic between national laboratories and the industry can spur implementation
  • Canada Nuclear Lab’s work in the hydrogen space
  • Canada versus US regulation timelines and alternative paths to expedite licensing
  • Canada Nuclear Lab’s research surrounding radiation and targeted alpha therapy and their potential impact on the industry at large
Nov 12, 2018
Ep 116: Janice Dunn Lee, International Atomic Energy Agency

In this episode we discuss...

  • Janice Dunn Lee’s 40-year journey through nuclear from her position in Export Licensing at the NRC to that of Deputy Director General at the IAEA
  • Janice’s early career in Export Licensing at the NRC including her work preventing the weaponization of nuclear materials and reactors through IAEA safeguards
  • The relationship between Congress and the NRC and the ways in which Congress oversees build and appropriations
  • Intricacies of international nuclear agreements including 123 agreements for nuclear cooperation between the US, Japan, and China
  • The importance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements in helping countries learn the regulations, inspection processes, and licensing in other countries
  • The decline of U.S. leadership in the nuclear field against Russia and China and the negative effects this could pose for the industry’s future
  • Humanitarian aspects of nuclear and the IAEA’s work in human health including cancer therapy and ebola prevention
  • How credible, relevant nuclear advocates can help reignite the US nuclear industry
Nov 09, 2018
Ep 115: Ed Pheil, Elysium

In this episode we discuss...

  • Ed’s background in the US Navy and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Ed’s work designing nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, and space crafts for the Navy
  • General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls and their respective roles in nuclear construction
  • Uranium hexafluoride gas reactors and the processes within
  • Nuclear opponents and their negative effects on the construction and licensing processes
  • How the US nuclear industry is working to overcome supply chain challenges including replacing medium enriched uranium with plutonium
  • Table salt’s important role in recycling spent fuels
  • The economics of fuel storage
  • A deep dive into fuel and reactor lifetimes
  • The plant Ed envisions including its total power output and the regulatory and financial hurdles involved
Nov 08, 2018
Ep 114: Jarret Adams, Full On Communications

In this episode we discuss...

  • Jarret’s background in journalism and his personal path in the nuclear industry
  • How writing about nuclear has evolved over the last few decades
  • Key policy measures that helped to define the nuclear industry
  • Different nuclear content audiences and stakeholders and their unique communication needs
  • Challenges of writing about nuclear at a private entity
  • Importance of portfolio strategies and diversification of energy sources
  • Challenges of non-standard measurements when writing about fuel cycles
  • Driving new communication strategies within the nuclear industry
  • A deep dive into media tactics in nuclear industry communications
  • Balancing decreasing trends in energy consumption with drive for industry growth
  • IAEA and international nuclear audience communication needs
Nov 07, 2018
Ep 113: Seth Grae, LightBridge

In this episode we discuss...

  • Seth Grae’s background in law and personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • The origin of LightBridge and its consultative history
  • Proliferation risk in traditional light water reactors
  • Safeguarding against weaponization of nuclear fuel byproducts
  • Fukushima and its impact on the nuclear industry
  • Challenges that are driving the future focus of LightBridge
  • A deep dive into the design process at LightBridge
  • LightBridge’s joint venture with Framatome
  • Next steps for commercialization of LightBridge’s new fuel technology
  • The importance of new fuel sources for the future
Nov 06, 2018
Ep 112: Thomas Graham, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

In this episode we discuss...

  • Thomas’ personal journey from his position as United States House Committee on Banking and Currency to Ambassador of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Thomas’ role in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
  • The history of Thomas’ company Thorium Power (now Lightbridge) and the work he did with Russian nuclear scientists to improve the fuel cycle
  • How nuclear energy actually played a vital role in halting the spread of nuclear weaponry
  • Thomas’ work advocating nuclear and his book Seeing the Light
  • The minimal human health hazards of nuclear compared to those of other energy sources - especially coal
  • Nuclear’s many environmental benefits including the prevention of climate change
Nov 05, 2018
Ep 111: David Kropaczek, Oak Ridge National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • David’s work as Director for the U.S. Department of Energy innovation hub, Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors
  • Core design and refiguration of fuel between cycles
  • Influence of temperature on water density and its effect on the reactor
  • Inherent safety of light water reactors
  • PWR and BWR reactors
  • Independent analysis of reactor core design and fuel optimization
  • Global trends and interactions in the nuclear field
  • Focus of CASTLE, energy innovation hub at NC State
  • CRUD-induced power shift and CRUD-induced localized corrosion
  • Pellet clad interaction
  • Thermohydraulics, dry spots, and departure of nucleate boiling
  • The Future of CASTLE and its contributions to the nuclear industry
Nov 02, 2018
Ep 110: Lou Qualls, Oak Ridge National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • Lou’s background in fusion and personal journey in the nuclear space
  • Lou’s work as the national technical director for molten salt reactors
  • Stellarator versus tokamak plasmas
  • The important roles of neutral beams and pellets
  • Challenges in nuclear fission
  • Uses of hydro reactors in scientific testing   
  • A deep dive into Project Prometheus and space power initiatives
  • The resurgence of interest in molten salt reactors
  • The Advanced Reactor Technology program within the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Common challenges among developers and ways in which we can overcome them
  • Interactions of fission products with salt
  • Designing for contingency versus replacement
Nov 01, 2018
Ep 109: Kurt Terrani, Oak Ridge National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • Kurt’s background in microelectronics and early interest in nuclear energy
  • Kurt’s work as a nuclear fuel materials expert at Oak Ridge
  • The importance of modeling in establishing predictive practices
  • The value and role of national labs in driving big innovation within the industry
  • The Transformational Challenge Reactor Program
  • Stagnancy within the nuclear industry and ways in which we can overcome it
  • Whether or not advanced manufacturing will have a true impact on nuclear economics
  • SMRs and how they can benefit nuclear economics
  • Challenges of proving safety within the NRC regulations and guidelines
  • Pushing the boundaries of new materials within the nuclear industry
Oct 31, 2018
Ep 108: Phil Ferguson, Oak Ridge National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • Phil's background in nuclear engineering and personal journey in the nuclear field
  • A deep dive into spallation and how it occurs
  • The Spallation Neutron Source
  • The process of conceptualization to commissioning for SPN
  • The evolution of the fusion industry over the last 40 years
  • Requirements and inherent challenges in achieving fusion
  • Different types of pellets and their uses
  • Strategies for mitigating damage to the wall of the fusion reactor vessel
  • The ITER Home Fusion Experiment
  • Challenges in developing fusion across both national science approaches and private fusion companies
Oct 30, 2018
Ep 107: Alan Icenhour, Oak Ridge National Labs

In this episode we discuss...

  • Alan’s background in the Navy and personal journey in the nuclear space
  • The role and history of ORNL in the Manhattan Project and across the broader nuclear field
  • Information that can be shared from Navy nuclear experiences to the private sector
  • Characteristics of plutonium 238 and reasons for use
  • The evolution of radioactive waste disposal
  • Alan’s work as Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL
  • Creating and implementing a long-term strategic plan for ORNL
  • Development of radio isotopes in other industries, like actinium 225 for targeted alpha therapy in cancer treatment
  • Development and production of californium 222
  • A deep dive into the Transformational Challenge Reactor Project
  • Learnings and innovation from accelerated deployment and advanced manufacturing techniques
Oct 29, 2018
Ep. 106 - Larry Smith, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss...

  • Larry’s background in the Navy and personal journey in the nuclear space
  • Differences between reactors on Navy submarines versus private sector
  • Thermal fatigue monitoring program use in determining maximum cycles
  • Different roles and responsibilities across plant operations
  • The role of quality assurance within a nuclear plant and the responsibilities entailed
  • Differences in QA between nuclear and other energy fields
  • Safety features implemented at Calvert Cliffs
  • Emergency preparedness levels, procedures, and simulations
  • Environmental stewardship and the benefits of nuclear to climate
  • A deep dive into inspections and licensing for nuclear plants
Oct 27, 2018
Ep 105: Dean Divittore, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss...

  • Divittore’s background growing up near and working at Three Mile Island
  • Dean’s work as Radiation Protection Manager at Exelon
  • Radiation exposure levels of nuclear power plant workers
  • ALARA versus linear thresholds for radiation exposure
  • What is a Geiger counter and how is radiation measured?
  • Areas of a power plant that have radioactive activity
  • What are the sources of radiation shielding and how do they work?
  • A deep dive into fuel defects
  • Hot spots and how they form in a controlled environment
  • Flushing and hydrolazing
  • Use of robotics, cameras, drones, and VR in identifying leaks
  • The planned shutdown of Three Mile Island in 2019
Oct 26, 2018
Ep 104: Trace Heffner, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss...

  • Trace’s background in nuclear engineering at Penn State and his personal journey in the nuclear field
  • Trace’s work and responsibilities as a reactor engineer at Calvert Cliffs
  • Exelon’s mentorship and training program
  • The processes behind planning and simulating for power maneuvers
  • Spin fuel storage and the processes for managing it
  • A deep dive into start-up testing and its purposes
  • Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR)
  • Maintaining cooling during fuel changes
  • The Special Nuclear Material Custodian role
  • Improving disposal of nuclear waste materials
Oct 25, 2018
Ep 103: Nicholas Cahill, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss...

  • Nicholas’ background in computer science and his introduction to nuclear through the Navy
  • Nicholas’ work as a reactor engineer at Calvert Cliffs
  • An electrician’s responsibilities on a Navy submarine
  • Variables and strategies for planning where fuel is deployed and how often
  • The Exelon-Constellation merger
  • Power maneuvers and what prompts them
  • A deep dive into peaking factors
  • Additions and dilutions of boron for ongoing reactor maintenance
  • The role and focus of PWR
  • Nuclear advocacy in the community and improving public awareness and perception
Oct 24, 2018
Ep 102: Kevin Dougherty, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss...

  • Dougherty’s background and what led him to the nuclear field
  • A deep dive into the process of taking a submarine reactor critical for the first time
  • Primary, secondary, and electrical subsystems
  • Reactor coolant systems and the role of the relief valve
  • Part 21 process to alert others of a defect or issue with a particular part in a production batch
  • Environmental harmony of nuclear compared to fossil fuel production
  • System future-proofing and general practices of preventive maintenance during outages
  • Shift handoffs and operational flow of activity at a nuclear site
  • How operational rigor of nuclear industry is being used to set best practices in other industries
  • The importance of cross-functional input in making operational decision
Oct 23, 2018
Ep 101: Mark Flaherty, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant

In this episode we discuss... 

  • Mark’s background and family history in the nuclear field
  • Mark’s work as Site Vice President at Calvert Cliffs
  • The origin and evolution of PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment)
  • Differences between two-loop combustion reactors and two-loop Westinghouse reactors
  • Commonalities in auxiliary systems between pressurized water and boiling water reactors
  • Common challenges that occur in everyday plant operations
  • Advantages and considerations around building power plants near natural water sources
  • Fostering a culture of open dialogue and inclusion within the plant
  • Strategies for lengthening time between outages and shortening overall outage time
  • Regulation and deregulation within the nuclear industry
  • Improving cost efficiency of nuclear power
Oct 22, 2018
Ep 100: Bret Kugelmass, Energy Impact Center / Titans of Nuclear

In this episode we discuss...

  • Bret’s background in robotics and his first company Airphrame, an unmanned aerial imaging service
  • Bret’s interest in climate and energy and how he came to enter the nuclear industry
  • Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Discipline
  • Dwight Eisenhower’s important role in setting the tone for nuclear energy
  • Titans of Nuclear and Bret’s mission to positively shape public perception surrounding nuclear technology
  • A behind the scenes look at Titans of Nuclear and the experts Bret interviews
  • How nuclear politics, economics, and perspectives vary around the world
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency and its role in guiding prospective nuclear countries
  • Nuclear’s incredible energy density and lack of emissions compared to other energy sources
  • Ways we can make nuclear more accessible and how Bret works to do that with Titans of Nuclear
  • The benefits of healthy competition in the nuclear world
  • The future of Titans of Nuclear and how Bret aims to help the nuclear industry through the podcast and other entrepreneurial avenues
Oct 15, 2018
Ep 99: Gary Mignogna, Framatome (US)

In this episode we discuss...

  • Gary’s background in mechanical engineering and personal journey through the nuclear field
  • Gary’s work as president and CEO at Areva and his leadership approach and vision for Framatome
  • Framatome’s legacy of innovation and its commitment to future technology
  • Framatome’s partnership with LightBridge
  • Challenges and opportunities within digital INC innovation
  • Economics of maintaining and extending life of existing nuclear plants
  • Innovation in fuel technology, maintenance tools, and new reactor technology
  • Educating policymakers on advantages of nuclear
  • China’s trajectory in the nuclear space
  • The global importance of nuclear energy and Framatome’s role in securing future nuclear success
Oct 12, 2018
Ep 98: Curtis Van Cleve, Framatome (US)

In this episode we discuss...

  • Curtis’ education at VMI and personal journey through the nuclear industry
  • What is a steam cut?
  • Challenges of repairs in boronated water and other environments unique to nuclear plant machinery
  • Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), Ultrasonic Inspection (UT), and process for repair and replacement of nuclear components
  • Periodic scheduling of inspections for maintenance
  • Moving from need-based to predictive maintenance
  • Peening and other techniques for stress relief
  • Economic challenges of building new plants
  • Upgrades and improvements provided during component replacement
  • Extending coping time for the next generation of innovation
Oct 11, 2018
Ep 97: Craig Ranson, Framatome (US)

In this episode we discuss...

  • Craig’s background in robotics and shock peening
  • Cycle of production, refueling, and mechanical maintenance at nuclear plants
  • Use of inspection probes and robotics in steam generator maintenance
  • Trends in maintenance innovation over last few decades
  • Causes of component degradation and solutions to limit/reduce
  • Division of responsibilities and unique challenges in managing outages/refueling cycles
  • Remaining challenges in plant maintenance to be addressed with new technology
  • Innovation in plant maintenance dissemination throughout the industry
  • Technologies on the horizon like high-pressure cavitation peening
  • Dealing with inspection, regeneration, and replacement of aging plant materials
Oct 10, 2018
Ep 96: Bob Freeman, Framatome (US)

In this episode we discuss...

  • Bob’s personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Bob’s work in Nuclear Fuel Commercial Operations at Framatome
  • Different types of nuclear fuel design
  • Switching out fuel type as a means of reducing enrichment
  • Ways in which fuel is designed for the commercial sector
  • Processes and procedures within a full-scale fuel fabrication facility
  • Who are the commercial sector buyers of nuclear fuel?
  • What types of new fuels are currently being developed and what needs prompted their conception?
  • What do typical nuclear fuel contracts look like and how do they differ from other industries?
  • Influence of cladding and temperature on the MHz limit
  • A deep dive into the process behind getting new fuel approved
Oct 09, 2018
Ep 95: Kam Ghaffarian, X-Energy

In this episode we discuss...

  • Kam’s background in engineering and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • A behind the scenes look at how Kam started X-Energy
  • Kam’s work at X-Energy developing Generation IV high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor and fuel designs
  • Nuclear challenges and how Kam works to overcome them with methods including fixed cost and fixed timeline
  • Flaws with the application system and its steep cost for nuclear companies
  • Kam’s vision for the nuclear deployment schedule
  • The environmental and human benefits of nuclear energy including supplying clean water through desalination and other treatment
Oct 06, 2018
Ep 94: Ron Faibish, General Atomic

In this episode we discuss...

  • Ron’s background growing up in Israel and entering the nuclear field via the study of medicine
  • Ron’s work as Director of Business Development at General Atomic
  • IAEA demonstration of desalination process at Kazakhstan plant
  • Different techniques for desalination
  • Armenian nuclear history and safety concerns
  • Role of technical advisors and detailees across National Security Council and U.S. government committees.
  • Nuclear waste management and disposal
  • VSMRs / Micro Reactors and other niche nuclear products and solutions
  • Impact of silicone carbide for cladding
  • A deep dive into the EMC2 project
  • Innovation projects within General Atomics
  • General Atomic’s contributions as a government defense contractor
Oct 05, 2018
Ep 93: Joyce Connery, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

In this episode we discuss...

  • Joyce’s unique journey from study of poetry to international relations to the nuclear field
  • Joyce’s international experiences in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and later experiences in Kazakhstan in post Cold War era
  • The history of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • The shutdown of the BN-350 fast breeder reactor in Kazakhstan
  • Joyce’s involvement in the 123 Agreements under the Bush administration
  • Joyce’s work as a detailee to the National Security Advisor
  • A deep dive into the IAEA’s Additional Protocol Agreement
  • The international impact of Fukushima
  • Joyce’s experience serving as the first Director of Nuclear Energy Policy within the Office of International Economics
  • Joyce’s appointment as Chairman on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • A look at the future of nuclear and the importance of improving public awareness
Oct 04, 2018
Ep 92: Umair Irfan, Vox

In this episode we discuss...

  • Umair’s background in journalism and biochemistry and his personal journey in the nuclear space
  • How Umair came to work for Vox and the reporting he does there on topics including climate and energy
  • A deep dive into Vox and its mission to provide explanatory journalism
  • The politics of nuclear energy
  • Nuclear experts Umair interviews and how he navigates their bias and vested interests
  • Improving climate change’s presence in the media and thus public perception
  • Umair’s mission to broaden the general public’s knowledge on nuclear and its opportunities
Oct 03, 2018
Ep 91: Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear

In this episode we discuss...

  • Paul’s background in human rights and environmental activism and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • The Peaceful Atoms and how it sparked Paul’s concerns surrounding nuclear technology
  • The advent of renewables including wind and solar and how the sector has evolved
  • Paul’s worries regarding the connection between uranium enrichment and weapons
  • The practicality of molten salt reactors
  • Flaws Paul sees in nuclear’s waste management cycle
  • The dangers of spent fuel on human health including the carcinogenic effects of radiation
  • Three Mile Island and the conflicting studies surrounding its consequences on human health
  • Bret and Paul discuss whether or not nuclear poses the fewest risks to the environment and human health compared to other energy sources
Oct 02, 2018
Ep 90: Bob Coward, MPR Associates

In this episode we discuss...

  • Bob’s background in mechanical engineering and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • The history of MPR and Bob’s role as Principal Officer
  • MPR’s work with power plants across the US and its critical role in US nuclear
  • Solutions for intergranular stress corrosion cracking in boiling water reactors
  • How Bob copes with the stress that comes with working in nuclear
  • The American Nuclear Society and Bob’s mission to increase its ranks as well as interest in younger generations
  • Why Bob believes nuclear is the most sustainable energy source and what it’s going to take to make it cost efficient and deployable across the world
Oct 01, 2018
Ep 89: Jeff Merrifield, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In this episode we discuss...

  • Jeff’s background in environmental law and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Challenges Jeff worked to overcome at the NRC including the issue of nuclear safety culture
  • Jeff’s work in business development for the Shaw Group
  • Advanced reactor technology including the molten salt reactor
  • Jeff’s work as an outside advisor to several groups including X-Energy which developed the Pebble-Bed High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor
  • The benefits of competition within the global nuclear industry
  • Why it’s crucial that the nuclear industry improve its communications strategies and thus public perception of the industry
Sep 29, 2018
Ep 87: Margaret Harding, 4Factor Consulting

In this episode we discuss...

  • Margaret’s background in nuclear engineering and her personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Margaret’s work with boiling water reactors at GE
  • The processes within phase changes in nuclear reactors
  • The physics of bubbles in boiling water reactors and how it allows greater fuel production, lower enrichment, and reduced cost
  • Tritium and the fears associated with it
  • International considerations surrounding fuel and a history of the global nuclear sector
  • How nuclear designs vary across the world - especially in the US, Europe, and Korea
  • The benefits of government involvement in nuclear
  • US regulations including the IAEA’s three phases necessary to build a nuclear power plant
  • The pitfalls of natural gas and other renewables and how they impede the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear’s environmental benefits surrounding climate change and why it’s important that the US work to set a precedent for the entire world
Sep 27, 2018
Ep 88: Andrew Daniels, After Fukushima

In this episode we discuss...

  • Andrew’s personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • Andrew’s book After Fukushima
  • How nuclear’s adaptation or lack thereof has shaped our physical, social, and environmental history
  • How Chernobyl and Fukushima shifted nuclear public relations
  • How different countries view purchasing reactors versus homebuilt reactors
  • Why nuclear is ultimately safer than every other energy source particularly coal
  • The economics of nuclear waste and repositories including Yucca Mountain
  • The Linear No-Threshold Theory of Radiation
  • Why Andrew supports 1990s reactor designs over new designs
Sep 27, 2018
Ep 86: Milton Caplan, MZConsulting

In this episode we discuss...

  • Milton’s background in nuclear engineering and his personal journey in the industry
  • Improving nuclear’s ability to stay on time and on budget
  • Milton’s work understanding and minimizing operation risks
  • The history of Canada’s nuclear industry
  • Milton’s work as an independent consultant assisting with refurbishment projects in Canada including the Bruce Power refurbishment implementation agreement
  • Challenges with refurbishment processes and how Milton helped to overcome them
  • The World Nuclear University
  • Milton’s role in the Canadian small modular reactor sector
  • Natural Resources Canada’s initiative to create an SMR roadmap
Sep 26, 2018
Ep 85: Anurag Gupta, KPMG

In this episode we discuss...

  • Anurag’s background in mechanical engineering and his personal journey in the nuclear industry
  • The many changing processes that go into building a nuclear plant
  • The financial risk profile of a nuclear plant versus that of other energy sources
  • The government’s role in funding nuclear
  • How nuclear plants benefit Canada and its employment rate
  • KPMG’s work improving nuclear’s ability to stay on time and on budget and how that benefits public perception of the nuclear industry
  • How small modular reactors can streamline production, decrease cost, and increase nuclear scalability
Sep 25, 2018
Ep 84: Amy Harder, Axios

In this episode we discuss...

  • Amy’s background in journalism and her personal journey in the nuclear industry reporting on energy from the Wall Street Journal to Axios
  • How energy plays a role in economics and politics including the natural gas boom during the Obama era
  • The evolution of energy in the media and its impact on public perception
  • The pendulum swing of US energy regulations
  • Nuclear’s environmental benefits and the ways in which it can aid our carbon solution and work against climate change
  • Amy’s view of trends in electricity grids, coal, oil and natural gas, and nuclear
  • The importance of the US’s leadership role in guiding the global nuclear sector
Sep 24, 2018
Ep 83: Tina Taylor, Electric Power Research Institute