Richard K. Lester

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Talks & Media


Recent Media Interviews (selected)

“To be more productive, it’s not enough to be more efficient. ” La Segunda, September 15, 2016 read in Spanish. pdf

“Massachusetts: Mass effect” Nature, August 31, 2016 read. pdf

“Japan’s adherence to nuclear power critical at home and overseas” Tokyo, Japan, February 21, 2015 read

“Can We Solve the Energy Problem Without Nuclear Power?” Yale Climate and Energy Institute, July 6, 2014 watch

“Nuclear power: Fading away or powering up?” Here & Now — NPR, July 8, 2013 interview

“The most important innovation challenge we face” The Science Show — Australian Broadcasting Corporation April 20, 2013 interview

“How Should We Deal With Nuclear Waste?” Wall Street Journal April 11, 2013 read discussion.

“Energy Innovation And Nuclear Power” Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. presented by Cognoscenti, wbur transcript. March 2013.

“Energy and Building Innovation” A Commonwealth Club panel. January 2013.

“How to Innovate Energy innovation.” An MIT Enterprise Forum book chat on iTunes. December 10, 2012

WGBH “Innovation HUB with Kara Miller”, January 27, 2012 interview

“On the Future of Nuclear Energy”, TEDx New England, Boston, MA, November 1, 2011
(with Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie) watch presentation

“Energy Innovation: Overhaul or Tweak?” Panel discussion, Climate One Television, the Commonwealth Club,
San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2011 listen to the discussion

MORE media interviews


Recent Op/Ed Pieces

“In the war against climate change, look to the states”, Boston Globe
“Why Fukushima Won't Kill Nuclear Power”, Wall Street Journal
“The High Costs of Copenhagen”, Wall Street Journal
“Clearing the Path Toward a Nuclear Renaissance”, Boston Globe
“Il Destino Energetico”, La Repubblica
“How to Prosper in a Globalizing Economy?” Irish Times
“China's Energy Dilemma,” Technology Review
“New England's Potential as an Energy Giant,” Boston Globe
“A Creative Economy,” Industry Week


Recent Videos

“Nuclear Innovation for the 21st Century”
MIT Club of Northern California, Palo Alto, CA, November 6, 2014 watch video

"Energy Innovation in a Time of Fiscal Austerity and Policy Uncertainty".
Panel discusssion. Bipartisan Policy Center. February 7, 2012. watch video

Richard Lester on Nuclear Leadership Challenges after Fukushima. listen to audio podcast. download audio podcast.
MIT150 Infinite History Project
Richard Lester on the Culture of Innovation watch video with thanks to and permission from NECN
Richard Lester introducing John Rowe at the 2010 MIT Energy Conference watch video
Richard Lester on Innovation watch video


Recent Public Lectures (selected)

“Digital Technologies and the Productivity Puzzle” Santiago, Chile, September 8, 2016.

“Nuclear Innovation” Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan, October 6, 2014 Download pdf

“Can we solve the energy problem without nuclear power?” AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting — Chicago, February 15, 2014 Download pdf

“The Nuclear Innovation Imperative”, MIT Club of France, Paris, June 2, 2013

“The Energy Innovation Imperative and the Role of Nuclear Power”, Northeastern University School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, 27 February 2013.

“Innovation Scale-Up: From Start-up to Commercialization and Beyond”, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Study, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 22 February 2013

“The International Outlook for Nuclear Energy”, keynote address, SimWorld International, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 13-14, 2012

MORE public lectures


Richard K Lester

Nuclear Innovation for the 21st Century
Watch the video

“Nuclear Innovation” Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan, October 6, 2014
Download pdf

Can we solve the energy problem without nuclear power? Download pdf of talk

Massachusetts Institute of Technology