ANS Seminar Series

Seminar Information

ANS Seminars are usually held on Monday afternoons, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Light snacks and drinks are provided starting at 3:15. These seminars are open to the public; anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

Seminar speakers are invited by the MIT ANS Co-presidents. If you are interested in speaking, or have a speaker suggestion, please email the MIT ANS officers.

Fall 2010 Presentations

All Fall 2010 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, September 13, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Samim Anghaie
Professor of Nuclear Engineering & Director INSPI, University of Florida
Principal Engineer, NeTech
Gainesville, Florida

Challenges and Opportunities in Resurgence of Nuclear Power

Monday, September 20, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Michael Podowski
Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Director, Center for Multiphase Research
Troy, New York

Recent Advancements in Multiscale Computational Modeling of Multiphase Flows in Nuclear Reactors

Monday, September 27, 2010 in 24-115

Mr. Stephen Mladieno
Senior Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Washington, DC

Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program

Monday, October 4, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Jaakko Leppänen
Senior Research Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Challenges and Capabilities of the Monte Carlo Method in Reactor Physics Applications

Monday, October 18, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Harold McFarlane
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Idahol National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Generation-IV International Forum: The Role of GIF International Cooperation in US Advanced Reactor R&D

Spring 2010 Presentations

All Spring 2010 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, February 8, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Massimo Zucchetti
Professor of Radiation Protection
Politechnical University of Engineering in Torino

Depleted Uranium: A Scientific Approach to the Question of its Environmental Impact

Thursday, February 11, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. John Briscoe
Gordan McKay Professor of the Practice
Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health
Harvard University

The Political Economy of Financing of Large Energy and Water Projects in the Developing World

Monday, March 1, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Kord Smith
Senior Scientist
Studsvik Scandpower, Inc.

Reactor Physics: What's Left to be Done?

Monday, March 15, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Vince Manno
Associate Provost and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Tufts University

Non-Nuclear Applications of Reactor Engineering

Monday, March 29, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Allison Macfarlane
Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
George Mason University

Potential Solutions to the Back End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in 24-307

Hideo Yonemura
Technology Executive
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy

1. Seismic Design and Research of Japanese Nuclear Power Plants
2. Development of Next-Generation LWR in Japan

Monday, April 12, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Mitch Farmer
Section Manager, Engineering Development Laboratories
Nuclear Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Monday, April 26, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Jennifer Uhle
Director, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Monday, May 3, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Paul Sullivan
Vice President of American Centrifuge

Monday, May 10, 2010 in 24-115

Dr. Sanjoy Banerjee
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of the CUNY Energy Institute
The City College of New York

Fall 2009 Presentations

All Fall 2009 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, September 21, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. Marvin L. Adams
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Director, Institute for National Security Education and Research
Texas A&M University

Benefits of Space-time Long Characteristics: Accuracy and Parallel Efficiency

Monday, September 28, 2009 in 24-115

Scott Vance
Senior Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Doing Science in a Policy World

Monday, October 5, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. William G. Thilly
Professor of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Origin of Human Somatic Mutations in Fetal/Juvenile Metakaryotic Stem Cells

Monday, October 19, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. Richard L. Coats
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories

The Current Crises in Medical Isotope Supply to the Medical Community and Possible Paths to Resolution

Monday, October 26, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. Tom Downar
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Univesity of Michigan

Coupled Neutronics / Thermal-Hydraulics Codes for Nuclaer Reactor Safety Analysis

Monday, November 9, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. Bojan Petrovic
Professor of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

IRIS - An Advanced Medium-Size PWR with Integral Primary System

Monday, November 16, 2009 in 24-115

Dr. Elena V. Gostjeva
Research Scientist, Department of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Investigation of Genetic Consequences of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident: Are There Any?

Monday, November 30, 2010 in 24-115

ADM James O. Ellis, USN (ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Leadership and the Evolution of Nuclear Safety

Spring 2009 Presentations

All Spring 2009 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, February 23, 2009 in NW14-1112

Dr. Leon Awerbuch
President and CEO, Leading Edge Technologies
Director and Programs Chairman, International Desalination Association

Future Directions in Integration of Desalination, Energy, and the Environment

Monday, March 9, 2009 in 4-270

Regis A. Matzie
Senior Vice President and CTO
Westinghouse Electric
Terry Schulz
Consulting Engineer, AP1000 Systems and Structures
Westinghouse Electric

AP1000 - The Nuclear Renaissance Starts Here

Monday, March 16, 2009 in NW14-1112

Hideo Yonemura
Technology Executive
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy

Junichi Kawahata
Vice President and Senior Project Manager
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy


Kumiaka Moriya
Senior Chief Engineer
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy

Perspectives on the Challenges in Engineering and Construction of the Latest Nuclear Plants

Monday, March 30, 2009 in 4-270

Richard Myers
Vice President
Policy Development
Nuclear Energy Institute

Financial Challenges Facing the U.S. Electric Sector and Future Prospects for Nuclear Plant Development

Monday, April 6, 2009 in NW14-1112

Mark Kirk
Senior Materials Engineer
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Risk-Informed Revision of the NRC's Rules Regulating Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS)

Monday, April 27, 2009 in NW14-1112

Dr José Reyes
Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder
NuScale Power Inc.
Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University

NuScale Power: Reducing Financial Risk for Nuclear Power Generation

Fall 2008 Presentations

All Fall 2008 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 in 24-115

E. Loewen
Chief Consulting Engineering
Advanced Plants Technology
General Electric-Hitachi

Recycling Nuclear Reactors

Monday, September 29, 2008 in 24-115 *

A. Bucaille
Senior vice president
Research and Innovation

Contribution to the energy debate

Monday, October 6, 2008 in 24-115

M. J. Demkowicz
John C. Chipman Assistant Professor
MIT/ Material Science and Engineering

Combining Experiments with Atomistic Modeling to Design Radiation Damage Resistant Nanocomposites

Monday, October 20, 2008 in 24-115

E. Baker
Advanced Reactor Program

NRC's Advanced Reactor Program

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in 24-115

T. Diaz de la Rubia
Associate Director
Chemistry, Materials, Earth, and Life Sciences Directorate

Energy Security and Climate Change: A New Approach for Global Sustainability in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 in 24-307

J. Kessler
Electric Power Research Institute

EPRI Perspectives on the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Present and Future

Monday, November 3, 2008 in 24-115

A. Kumbaro
French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

On the numerical simulation of general multi-field two-phase flow models

Monday, November 17, 2008 in 24-115

C. Forsberg
Executive Director
MIT NFC Project

Nuclear-Fossil, Nuclear-Bio, and Nuclear Renewable Futures

Monday, December 1, 2008 in 24-115

A. Icenhour

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Global Nuclear Security Technology Division:
Providing Science, Technology, and Policy Solutions to Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards Challenges

Monday, December 8, 2008 in 24-115

F. Carre
Deputy Director / Nuclear Development and Innovation Division
Nuclear Energy Division / French Atomic Energy Commission

Harmonizing the French and American Policies for Nuclear Reactor Development

* CANES sponsored. Fuel cycle group meeting.

Spring 2008 Presentations

All Spring 2008 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, February 11, 2008 in 24-115

J.A. Grobe
Associate Director
Engineering and Safety Systems
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Engineering Challenges in U.S. Nuclear Reactor Safety

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 in 24-115

H. Yonemura
Vice President and General Manager
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
J. Tuohy
Hitachi Power Systems America, Ltd.

Challenges Associated with New Plant Design and Construction

Friday, February 15, 2008 in 24-115

D. Hill
Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology
Idaho National Laboratory

INL – the Nation's National Nuclear Laboratory

Monday, February 25, 2008 in 24-115

D. Lochbaum
Nuclear Safety Project
Union of Concerned Scientists

The Future of Nuclear Power: Renewal or Re-run?

Monday, March 3, 2008 in 24-115

N. Miller
Office of Budget
U.S. Department of Energy

Tales from the Sausage Factory: How the Federal Government Gets a Budget

Monday, March 17, 2008 in 24-115

R. Mayo
R&D Program Manager
Office of Nonproliferation
National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

Radiation Detection for National Security Applications

Monday, March 31, 2008 in 24-115

I. Anderson
Associate Laboratory Director for Neutron Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Present Status and Future of the Spallation Neutron Source

Fall 2007 Presentations

All Fall 2007 Seminars are from 3:30 to 5:00pm (refreshments are served at 3:15).

Monday, September 17, 2007 in 24-115

R. Rydin
Consultant to the U.S. Army

Lecture on Applications of the Monte Carlo Adjoint Shielding Methodology

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 in 24-402

R.W. Borchardt
Director of the Office of New Reactors
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Recent Developments in the NRC Office of New Reactors

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in NW14-1112

R.W. Grimes
Imperial College London

Radiation Damage in Inert Matrix Fuels for Actinide Disposition

Monday, October 1, 2007 in 24-115

S. Herron
Schlumberger-Doll Research

Downhole Gamma Ray Spectroscopy Measurements and their Applications in Evaluating the Chemical and Mineralogical Composition of Subsurface Formations

Thursday, October 4, 2007 in NW14-1112

J. Lewins
Magdalene College

Reactor Physics at MIT: A Personal Story

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 in 24-402

E. Lehmann
Neutron Imaging & Activation Group
Spallation Neutron Source Division
Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

Neutron Imaging Methods as Advanced Tools in Material Research and Non-Destructive Testing

Monday, October 22, 2007 in 24-115

Luc Van Den Durpel
Argonne National Laboratory

Current Developments with the DANESS Fuel Cycle Code

Monday, November 5, 2007 in 32-141

T. Christopher
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

The U.S. Energy Crisis and the Role of New Nuclear Plants

Monday, November 19, 2007 in 32-141

A. Candris
Senior Vice President
Nuclear Fuel Business Unit
Westinghouse Electric Company

The Nuclear Renaissance Is Here!

Monday, November 26, 2007

V. Bhatt
Nuclear Science & Technology
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Forecasting the Future Growth of Nuclear Energy Demand

Monday, December 3, 2007 in 24-115

F.L. 'Skip' Bowman
Admiral (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nuclear Energy Institute

How to Communicate the Nuclear Message to the Public

Monday, December 10, 2007 in 24-115

P.B. Lyons
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

New Reactor Applications at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Spring 2007 Presentations

Information on the speakers and dates for Spring 2007 ANS Seminars will be posted here when they become available.

Monday, March 12, 2007

J. Turnage
> Senior Vice President, Business Development
Constellation Energy

A Strategic Analysis of the Investment Opportunity for Advanced Nuclear Generation

Monday, March 19, 2007

B. Middleton
Senior Member, Technical Research Staff
Department of Risk and Reliability Assessment
Sandia National Laboratory

Use of Bayesian Techniques for Safety Analysis of the Mars Science Laboratory

Monday, April 2, 2007

P. Finck
Associate Lab Director for Nuclear Programs
Idaho National Laboratory

The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP)

Monday, April 9, 2007

D. Whyte
Associate Professor
Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Challenges of Plasma-Surface Interactions in Magnetic Fusion

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

K. Donald
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion

Engineering National Security

Monday, April 23, 2007 in 4-270

E. Sproat
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Department of Energy

An Update on Yucca Mountain

Monday, April 30, 2007 in 6-120

D. Klein
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Status and Challenges of Licensing New Reactors in the US

Monday, May 7, 2007 in 24-115

M. van der Helm
Manager – South Origination
Power Team

Recent Developments in Electricity Markets
that Affect New Build Decisions for Nuclear

Monday, May 14, 2007

R. Wright
Materials Science
Department Manager
Idaho National Laboratory

Materials Engineering Issues Associated
with the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP)

Fall 2006 Presentations

Monday, September 11, 2006

A.S. Hanson
Executive Vice President
Technology and Used Fuel Management

Used Nuclear Fuel-- What Will We Do With It?

Monday, October 2, 2006

T. Postol
Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Science and Technology of the US National Missile Defense System

Monday, October 16, 2006

T.M. Sutton
Nuclear Methods and Computation
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory

The Probability Table Method for Treating Unresolved Resonances
in Monte Carlo Transport

Monday, November 13, 2006

B. Roscoe
Scientific Advisor & Nuclear Program Manager
Schlumberger-Doll Research

Nuclear Applications in the Oil Industry

Monday, November 20, 2006

D.L. Williams
Martin Luther King Visiting Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Proliferation Aspects of Plutonium Production in Nuclear Reactors

Spring 2006 Presentations

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

L.K. Mansur
Distinguished Research Staff
Metals and Ceramics Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Materials Issues in High Power Accelerators
and Comparisons to Fission and Fusion Reactors

Monday, February 27, 2006

D.G. Cory
Professor of Nuclear Science & Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neutron Interferometry and Quantum Information Processing

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

D.F. Williams
Advanced Fuels and Coolants
Nuclear Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Going Beyond UO2 Fuel

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

M.V. McMahon
Key Account Manager

U.S. New Nuclear Plant Build Initiative:
AREVA, UniStar Nuclear, and the U.S. EPR

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

S. Ray
Director PWR Product Technologies
Westinghouse Nuclear

U.S. New Nuclear Plant Initiative: Westinghouse, and the AP 1000

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

D. A. Petti
Engineering Fellow
Idaho National Laboratory

An Update on the DOE Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program

Monday, May 1, 2006

V. H. Reis
Senior Advisor
Office of the Secretary of Energy
Department of Energy

The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and the Future of Nuclear Power

Fall 2005 Presentations

Monday, October 3, 2005

J.R. Gilleland
Chief Executive Officer
Archimedes Technology Group

Development of Innovative Technology for the Separation of Waste Constitutes using Plasma Based Techniques

Monday, October 17, 2005

A.C. White
President and Chief Executive Officer
General Electric
Nuclear Energy Operations

The Future of GE Nuclear