Richard K. Lester

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Articles & Papers

R.K. Lester “A Roadmap for Nuclear Energy Technology” Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2016

R.K. Lester, D. Hart, “Closing the Energy-Demonstration Gap” Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2015

E. Bates, M.J.Driscoll, R.K. Lester, B.W. Arnold, “Can Deep Boreholes Solve America’s Nuclear Waste Problem?” Energy Policy, February 2014

Richard Lester, “Energy Innovation”, in Production in the Innovation Economy, Richard M. Locke and Rachel L. Wellhausen (eds), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013.

“The Energy Question”, in Nuclear Engineering International, January 2013.

M.J. Driscoll, R.K.Lester, K.G.Jensen, B.W.Arnold, P.N.Swift, and P.V.Brady., “Technology and Policy Aspects of Deep Borehole Nuclear Waste Disposal,” Nuclear Technology, October 2012, p. 111-121.

Richard K. Lester, “America's Energy Innovation Problem (and How to Fix It)”, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 2009.

Richard K. Lester and Ashley Finan, “Quantifying the Impact of Proposed Carbon Emission Reductions on the U.S. Energy Infrastructure”, Energy Innovation Project Working Paper EIP-09-006, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 2009

Richard K. Lester and Robert Rosner, “Nuclear Power: Drivers and Constraints,” Daedalus, Fall 2009.

Richard K. Lester, “An Innovation Strategy for the Downturn”, 2008 Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, John Adams Innovation Institute, February 2009.

Edward Steinfeld, Richard K. Lester, and Edward Cunningham, “Greener Plants, Grayer Skies,” Energy Policy, May 2009


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