The MIT Corporation — the Institute’s board of trustees — elected eight term members, who will each serve for five years, during its quarterly meeting held yesterday afternoon. Corporation Chairman Robert B. Millard ’73 announced the election results; all positions are effective July 1. The eight term members are: Roger C. Altman; Leslie C. Dewan ’06, PhD ’13; Jeffrey S. Halis ’76, SM ’76; Jean Hammond SM ’86; Ray A. Rothrock SM ’78; Donald E. Shobrys ’75; Jeffrey L. Silverman ’68; and Viktor F. Vekselberg.
Transatomic Power, founded by NSE alums Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, is poised to build a new, better molten salt reactor. Their reactor will burn up to 96 percent of its fuel, compared with only four percent used by light-water reactors, and generate 75 times the electricity per ton of uranium.
NSE alum Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz are in technical negotiations taking place in Switzerland.
Transatomic Power, founded by NSE alums Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, has now raised $4.5 million since last summer.
Nuclear energy is suddenly fashionable — as new companies are looking to supplant the world's large, uranium-fueled nuclear reactors with kinds that use different fuels and coolants or perhaps even replace fission with fusion.
Dewan, co-founder of TransAtomic, speaks wtih CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about her company’s innovative approach to providing cheaper, safer nuclear energy.
Despite the promise of bountiful, cheap, and clean energy nuclear energy didn’t overtake fossil fuels like everyone expected them to in the middle of the 20th century. Among other things, fear of radiation leaks and waste products that have to be buried for hundreds of years turned the United States away from adopting it for more than a fraction of our energy usage.
Y Combinator batch company UPower Technologies is hoping to change that by offering reactors that cut out those factors at a scale where regulatory issues and billion-dollar construction costs aren’t a problem.
UPower founder and CEO Jacob DeWitte describes the company’s first reactor design as a plug-and-play nuclear thermal battery.
Theatre and technology worlds will come together when TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, once again stages its annual TheatreWorks Honors gala June 21, this year paying tribute to NSE alum Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus of pioneering venture capital firm Venrock and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) , both of whom have dedicated their lives to bringing forth vision, innovation, and creativity to arts and business communities in Silicon Valley and around the nation.
“After the SM’71 in Course 1 and the MCP’71 (Course 11), I did active duty with the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, first in California, and then in Washington, DC. After active duty, it was a time of energy crises and the government was hiring. I ended up working for a new agency that later became the U.S. Department of Energy. At DOE, there has never been a shortage of challenges. I have been lucky to have been part of efforts to address many of them. Along the way, I took a leave of absence and picked up the Ph.D.’83 (Course 22). Today, among other duties, I am the Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center, which is a bilateral initiative to accelerate clean energy technology development and deployment in both countries. In a parallel career, I remained active in the Navy Reserve with the Seabees (Navy mobile construction battalions), found my way to the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War, and retired as a 2-star, last serving as the Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. I guess my career has been as varied as my MIT degrees, but the education I got there has been a constant and valued foundation, often applied in ways totally unanticipated. Each time I set foot on the campus, the excitement returns.”
NSE alum Greg Lambrecht’s (SB ’90) wine cellar contains about 1,500 bottles.
“I don’t know how many of them are still full,” he said, chuckling. It is hard to tell because Lambrecht drinks from the bottles without removing the corks. That way, he can enjoy just one glass at a time from a costly bottle, and then wait as long as he wants before tasting it again.
It is a neat trick, and Lambrecht, an MIT-trained nuclear engineer and founder of Intrinsic Orthopedics Inc., a Woburn medical device company, has spent the past decade mastering it. Now he is going to share his innovation with other affluent wine buffs, at $300 a pop.
Jonathan Gibbs received a PhD (2011) and MS (2010) in nuclear science and engineering and an MS (2010) in materials science and engineering at MIT. He is currently an associate with the engineering and scientific consulting group, Exponent, and an officer in the US Navy Reserve.Gibbs is part of a select team of engineers from Exponent supporting US troops in Afghanistan.
His areas of specialty include failure analysis, corrosion, metallurgy, microscopy, and materials science and engineering.
For nearly three years, NSE alum Shawn Gallagher has been director for nuclear threat reduction on the National Security Council. The White House hired him in early 2010 to work on the nuclear security summit after he spent three years with the Department of Homeland Security as its global director for nuclear threat reduction.
Gallagher graduated in only four years with undergraduate degrees in physics and nuclear engineering and a masters in nuclear engineering. He was the first MIT nuclear engineering major to earn both undergraduate and master degrees in four years.
Following the American Nuclear Society Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, June 28, NSE alum, Dr. Michael Corradini officially became ANS President and Eric Loewen transitioned to ANS Immediate Past President. ANS President Corradini presented a commemorative gavel to the ANS Immediate Past President at the conclusion of Dr. Loewen’s term.
In a video interview, Dr. Corradini outlined some major goals and objectives for the Society during his upcoming term — updating the strategic plan to continue to improve services available to members and build membership; focusing on improving nuclear science and technology education at all levels from K-12 students to the media and national leaders; and continuing to move the Society’s financial status to a more “sound footing.”
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NSE alum and American Nuclear Society (ANS) member Michael L. Corradini, SM '77 PhD '79, has been named the recipient of the Arthur Holly Compton Award in Education, ANS President Eric Loewen, PhD, announced today. Loewen will present the award to Corradini during the opening session of the ANS Annual Conference: “Nuclear Science and Technology: Managing the Global Impact of Economic and Natural Events,” being held June 24-28 in Chicago, Illinois.
"This award recognizes outstanding contributions to education in nuclear science and engineering," said Loewen. "My generation of nuclear professionals has stood on the shoulders of early giants. Michael Corradini—who served as my thesis advisor—is one of those giants in thermal hydraulics and severe accidents. His dedication to challenging and inspiring the next generations continues to this day in advancing our understanding to harness the wonder of the atom."
The Arthur Holly Compton Award in Education recognizes Michael L. Corradini for his excellence in teaching and his dedication and leadership in development and support of nuclear engineering education at the national level. more
Marc W. Goldsmith NE '72, P.E., of Newton, Mass., has been named president-elect of ASME. The Society made the announcement at the proceedings of the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition held Nov. 11-17, in Denver, Colo. Mr. Goldsmith will become the 131st president of ASME commencing June 2012.
An expert in energy and nuclear engineering, Goldsmith is a management consultant who advises gas and electric firms on strategies for addressing technology, policy, and business processes. He has led many national and international consulting projects in energy strategy, efficiency, development and generation. He is the founder of the management consulting firm, Marc Goldsmith & Associates LLC.
An active member of the Society for 24 years, Goldsmith has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, serving on the ASME Board of Governors from 2007-2010 and as vice president of the Center for Public Awareness from 2005-2007. He is the founding chair of the General Management Board of the ASME Innovation Technologies Institute (ITI) and has served on the ITI board.
Other leadership positions in ASME include vice president of the Board on Public Information, chair of the task force on Strategic Marketing for the Board of Governors, and a member of the task force on the Board of Minorities and Women. He is a Fellow of ASME and recipient of the Society’s Dedicated Service Award (2001).
Prior to starting his consulting firm, Goldsmith was a vice president at Stone & Webster Management Consultants, where he was responsible for strategic energy businesses. He also served as a director in Technology and Innovation Management at Arthur D. Little. From 1975-1998, Goldsmith was president of Energy Research Group, Inc., a Massachusetts-based energy technology company, which he co-founded. more
Susan Landahl is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at Exelon Nuclear. She is responsible for oversight of the Exelon Nuclear organization, which operates a fleet of 10 nuclear stations with 17 reactors that generate more than 17,000 megawatts of electricity annually. Her career spans more than 25 years in the nuclear power industry. Prior to her current role, Landahl was Exelon Nuclear’s Senior Vice President - Midwest Operations.
Landahl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/Fission Reactor Technology and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/ Health Physics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of several professional societies including the American Nuclear Society, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Nuclear, and the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN). She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee for the North American NA- YGN.
In October 2011, Landahl was awarded a Nuclear Excellence Award by the World Association of Nuclear Operators. more
An interview by Newal Agnihotri, Editor of Nuclear Plant Journal was published in the March-April 2012, volume 30 number 2 issue of Nuclear Plant Journal. Read full interview on page 22.
Profile :: Susan Landahl: Providing Power to Millions
Time and time again, the old adage that it's easier to find a job when you already have one rings true. One young Austin, Texas-based entrepreneur decided to capitalize on that notion and created a Web site with a perfectly descriptive name: JobPoacher.com.
When building the site in his spare time, John Everett Creighton (SM '05) said he drew on his own experience. As an MIT graduate with a degree in physics and nuclear engineering, he was in hot demand when entering the job market and had to juggle multiple offers and rounds of negotiations. Creighton sought to simplify that process by putting the skilled worker in the driver's seat: "I thought, what if it's the other way around. These companies need good engineers more than the engineers need them.". more
Cadence President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan (SM '80) received the Singapore Business Award as Outstanding CEO (overseas) at a black tie event in Singapore on March 20, 2012. The Singapore Business Awards were launched in 1985 by The Business Times and DHL Express, a leading international air express company. This year’s presentation marks the 27th anniversary of this prestigious award, which was created to recognize business leaders in Singapore and abroad.
Lip-Bu was named president and chief executive officer of Cadence in January 2009. Before assuming leadership of the company, he had been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004. By building a strong executive team and instilling a clear vision focused on customer success, he was able to significantly increase revenue by carefully investing resources and collaborating with key ecosystem partners. Tan inspired Cadence technologists to deliver the advanced technology solutions that leading semiconductor and system companies need to build the smartphones, tablets and other devices that are now integrated into everyone’s daily lives. more
David and Susan Landahl (NUE '83, SM '84) were presented with the 2012 ExxonMobil Community Philanthropic Award Saturday, Jan. 28, at Howl for Parks, a People for Channahon Parks Foundation event.
The ExxonMobil Community Philanthropic Award recognizes individuals and businesses who donate their time, talents and treasures to improve the quality of life for their neighbors.
David and Susan Landahl both decided to pursue a career in the field of nuclear power when they each graduated from high school in 1978 —David in Colorado and Susan in Pennsylvania.
While they each chose the same field of interest, they entered that field via different paths. David enlisted into the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Program and Susan attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study Nuclear Engineering.
Susan received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from MIT, while David served eight years in the Navy, spending two of those years teaching chemistry and health physics at the Nuclear Prototype and four years in the submarine service. more
Profile :: Susan Landahl: Providing Power to Millions
Dr. Joy Rempe, a nuclear engineer with more than 25 years of research and development experience, has been selected as an Idaho National Laboratory Fellow. She joins the elite ranks held by only nine others at INL.
The designation of Laboratory Fellow is the top scientific achievement designation and recognizes an individual's outstanding contributions to the scientific and engineering community.
During her 23-year tenure at INL, Rempe has established an international reputation in severe accident analysis, high-temperature testing and advanced in-pile instrumentation. She currently leads in-pile instrumentation development for the U.S. DOE's ATR National Scientific User Facility and Fuel Cycle Research and Development programs.
Since 2010, Dr. Rempe has been a member of the Advisory Committee for Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In 2005, she was elected as Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Her work is documented in 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 80 peer-reviewed conference papers. She also has three patents/patents pending relating to her research.
Rempe is currently completing a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the ANS. She has held a variety of offices and been professionally active in ANS, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
An active mentor to INL staff as well as foreign assignees and graduate-level university students, she often serves on student thesis committees as an adjunct/affiliate university faculty member.
Rempe said she is pleased her efforts have been recognized. "I appreciate the efforts of those that supported me for this position; in particular, Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, who was until recently my division director, and Debbie Utterbeck, my manager, because of their support and efforts in nominating me for this recognition."
In nominating Rempe for the award, Pasamehmetoglu said she has advanced the sciences of reactor safety analysis, high-temperature testing and in-pile instrumentation, and "her prodigious effort in these key areas of inquiry has significantly contributed to advancing the international stature of INL as a world-leading nuclear energy laboratory."
The other nine INL Fellows are NSE alums Stephen Herring and David Petti, and William Apel, James Delmore, Nam Truc Dinh, J., Paul Meakin, Giuseppe Palmiotti,, Herschel Smartt and Terry Todd.
Rempe received a PhD (1986) and a SM (1983) in nuclear engineering from MIT.
Dr. David Petti, INL Fellow and technical director of the Very High Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office, was selected as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society at the annual meeting recently in Washington, D.C.
Petti was is one of 16 individuals honored by the American Nuclear Society for extraordinary contributions and achievements to nuclear science and technology. He receives the award for his exceptional leadership in the development and demonstration of advanced fuels and materials for fission and fusion systems, in particular the very successful re-engineering and re-establishment of industrial fabrication capability and irradiation testing and demonstration of high burn-up particle fuels for High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactors.
Eric Loewen, current ANS president, praised Petti and the others honored. "On behalf of everyone in the Society, we offer our thanks to these individuals who have worked so tirelessly to push forward nuclear science and technology," he said.
In nominating Petti for the honor, James Lake, former ANS president and retired former INL associate laboratory director for Nuclear Programs, said, "I hold Dr. Petti's technical expertise and leadership skills in the highest regard. Through disciplined, methodical technical leadership, Dr. Petti has never failed to advance the technology over technical hurdles, and to produce a successful performance outcome. The Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program is just such a program."
In addition to his leadership and involvement in the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program, Petti was selected to receive (jointly with his Oak Ridge National Laboratory colleagues) the 2010 Gordon Battelle Prize from Battelle Memorial Institute. He is also the recipient of the ANS Materials Science & Technology Special Achievement Award (2009), the ANS Fusion Energy Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Award (2001), and is one of five initial INL Laboratory Fellows selected in 1998 by a National Academy of Science panel.
Petti received a ScD (1986) and a SB/SM (1983) in nuclear engineering from MIT.
Dr. Gail H. Marcus will deliver the keynote address at the Nuclear Power Safety 2011 conference to be held in Washington, DC, in December. Dr. Marcus will provide an overview of how the Fukushima accident has altered nuclear power operations and development around the world. Some of the major safety issues raised by the incident will be identified, and likely impacts on operating plants will be explored. Special attention will be given to identifying possible technology options to help address longer term nuclear power development plans.
Dr. Marcus is an independent consultant on nuclear power technology and policy. She previously worked as Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris; Principal Deputy Director of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology; in various positions at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and as Assistant Chief of the Science Policy Research Division at the Congressional Research Service. Dr. Marcus spent a year in Japan as Visiting Professor in the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and five months at Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Dr. Marcus has served as President of the American Nuclear Society and as Chair of the Engineering Section of AAAS. She also served on the National Research Council Committee on the Future Needs of Nuclear Engineering Education. She is a Fellow of the ANS and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Marcus has an S.B. and S.M. in Physics, and an Sc.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT. She is the first woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear engineering in the United States.
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On September 15, 2011, Dr. Melissa Kemp (BS ’97, Nuclear Engineering) spoke in the MIT Department of Biological Engineering seminar series on "Redox regulation of cellular information processing". Dr. Kemp is Assistant Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar at Georgia Tech.
With an MS in Political Science (2006) and a PhD in Nuclear Enginerring (2007), Whitney Rass's work as Physical Scientist at the US Department of State draws on knowledge from both degree programs.
"My work at the Department of State focuses primarily on nuclear technology and nonproliferation, and the ability to bring the technical information to those who make policy decisions is paramount. For certain subjects such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty or the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, the technical issues are quite complex. The inter-relationship between technical material and its application to international relations and arms control means that I benefit significantly from both degree programs at MIT."
Friday's scheduled liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis marks the beginning of the end of nearly four decades of collaboration between MIT and NASA on the nation's space shuttle program—a partnership that has shaped spacecraft design, operations and scientific payloads since Space Shuttle Columbia first blasted off in 1981. Franklin Chang-Diaz ScD '77 and Frederick ('Rick') Hauck SM '66 are amongst the total of 27 MIT graduates who have flown on a total of 59 space shuttle missions since the beginning of the program.
Virtually all engineers want to make a positive impact on society. Technical knowledge is necessary for achieving this goal, but not sufficient, especially in a field like nuclear engineering, where broad economic, political, and business issues are intimately entwined with the technology. Students in NSE department head Richard Lester's Managing Nuclear Technology class recently got a high-level perspective on these aspects of technology leadership at first hand in guest lectures by three distinguished NSE alumni – senior utility executive Joe Turnage (SM ‘70, Ph.D. ‘72), consultant Ray Coxe (BS, ‘82, Ph.D. '88), and venture capitalist Ray Rothrock (SM ‘78).
Nuclear engineers are trained to tackle large, multi-disciplinary challenges. And Lisa Porter (B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, 1989) credits that perspective with helping her handle a national-security research management task that's more than a little daunting: developing innovations that have the potential to provide the U.S. with an "overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries."
Susan Landahl, chief operating officer and senior vice president at Exelon Nuclear in Warrenville, Ill., has operational responsibility for roughly 20 percent of all US nuclear power-generating capacity – 17 nuclear plants in three states with total capacity of about 18 gigawatts. The job requires an ever-shifting mix of technical, management, communication and operational skills, and embodies one of the grand challenges of engineering: making a complex system dependable enough to be a daily resource for millions of people.
Vincent P. Manno, associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, has been appointed provost and dean of faculty at Olin College of Engineering, where he will also serve as professor of engineering. The appointment is effective July 1.
"Dr. Manno was one of four finalists in a national search to fill this key leadership position at Olin," said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. "My personal interactions with him have convinced me that he brings to the position the right mix of senior academic leadership experience, passion for innovation in undergraduate education, personal academic achievement and exceptional interpersonal leadership skills."
Successful technology-driven companies build an ongoing connection between their product development efforts, and the problems, needs and goals of their customers. This process requires technically skilled people who can also manage teams, build relationships, and adapt to changing conditions. One example: Andrew Cook (NUE '76, SM '76, PhD '78), who serves as Senior VP of Customer Relations and Marketing for AREVA, a global developer of nuclear and renewable energy.
Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., is the first Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Prior to his appointment, he was a Professor of Radiology Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University, as well as Professor of Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also served as Director of the Emory Center for Magnetic Resonance (MR) Research at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Pettigrew is known for his pioneering research at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the heart using MR. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College where he was a Merrill Scholar. He received an M.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Rennselear Polytechnic Institute, and he received a Ph.D. in Applied Radiation Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Whitaker Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Scholar. Subsequently, he received an M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in an accelerated two-year program, served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University, and completed his residency in Nuclear Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Pettigrew then spent a year as a Clinical Research Scientist with Picker International, the first manufacturer of MR equipment. In 1985, he joined Emory as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow focusing in non-invasive cardiac imaging.
The NIBIB is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health, the premier federal agency for biomedical research. More information on NIBIB can be found at: www.nibib.nih.gov.
In July, Lisa Stiles-Shell, SM, '97, was elected to head the International Youth Nuclear Congress, an advocacy group for young nuclear scientists worldwide. Lisa recently moved to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), where she works as Manager of State Initiatives, Grassroots and Coalitions.
In June, Frank O. Carre, SM, '75. currently Program Director at Comm a L'Energie Atomique, was elected to a two-year term on the ANS Board of Directors. Franck joins another NSE alumn on the ANS board, Hisashi Ninokata, Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology.