Seminar are held in MIT 24-115, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Note that times are subject to change. Please check the ANS-MIT calendar for the updated schedule.
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.
CANCELLED Tim Trumbull, KAPL
Nuclear data processing
September 16 Elia Merzari, ANL
Computational Fluid Dynamics
September 23 Commissioner William Magwood, NRC
Fukushima and Beyond : Nuclear Regulation in the US
Location : 4:00p–5:00p :: E25-111
Following the nuclear accident that occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the international community have come together to decide how to best respond to this challenge. What are the lessons learned? What is the current level of safety of US nuclear plants and what can be improved? William Magwood will speak about the position of the US NRC on the issues of nuclear safety and regulations.
September 30 Tom Evans, ORNL
October 7 Alex Flint, NEI
Government/Policy perspective to nuclear
Location : TBA
October 21 David Petti, Director of VHTR Technology Development Office INL’s ATR,
Fuel performance and qualification
October 28 Michael Short, MIT
New Faculty Seminar
November 4 Steven Zinkle, ORNL
Structural nuclear materials
November 18 Rick Lawrence,
Manager, Machine Learning, Business Analytics and Mathematical Science, IBM Research
Why Machine Learning Is Cooler Than Neutron Transport Theory
An overview of machine learning, with some specific discussion of the IBM Watson computer that defeated the two best human Jeopardy players two years ago. Dr. Lawrence will also discuss other applications of machine learning including analysis of twitter steams and lexical-based stock-market prediction, as well as some current thinking on integration of Watson within other large-scale machine-learning applications.
November 25 Igor Pioro, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Thermophysical-properties and heat-transfer specifics at supercritical pressures in power engineering
December 2 Yong Yang, University of Florida
Radiation effects on materials
December 3 Robert Hill, Argonne National Laboratory
Location: 26-168 :: 4:00 PM
Robert Hill completed his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in 1987. He has worked at Argonne National Laboratory for the last 25 years with research focus on reactor physics, fast reactor core design, plutonium disposition, and waste management. His current position is Technical Director of the Nuclear Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He has previously led Nuclear Engineering Division research groups working on reactor physics analysis, advanced modeling and simulation, fuel cycle and systems dynamics modeling, criticality safety, and nuclear data.
Dr. Hill is National Technical Director for multi-Laboratory advanced reactor R&D activities in current DOE Programs; this work includes small modular reactors, advanced structural materials, energy conversion technology, nuclear data, and system integration. He also serves as US representative for the Generation-IV Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor. Previous Program contributions include extensive transmutation and fuel cycle analysis activities in DOE Fuel Cycle Programs.