International Experts in Nuclear Power Safety to Convene in Washington, DC for the Knowledge Foundation’s Nuclear Power Safety 2011 Conference

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Leading research organizations from around the world will convene in Washington, DC for the Knowledge Foundation’s Nuclear Power Safety 2011 conference which will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park from December 8-9, 2011.

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"Nuclear Power After Fukushima: Problems and Possibilities" Keynote Address To Be Delivered by Dr. Gail H. Marcus

Leading research organizations from around the world will convene in Washington, DC for the Knowledge Foundation’s Nuclear Power Safety 2011 conference which will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park from December 8-9, 2011.

Nuclear power is facing a number of challenges in the near and long-term. Despite the development of new reactor designs, the possibility of a catastrophic accident has not been eliminated. In addition, the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to terrorist attacks further increases concerns about nuclear power safety.Nuclear Power Safety 2011 will address a broad scope of multidisciplinary issues related to technological advances in nuclear power safety. The understanding of such issues and their interrelationship is essential to the development of safer nuclear power. This program will bring together an international interdisciplinary panel of experts from government, academia, and industry to address crucial issues in nuclear power safety including:

  • Lessons learned from Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island
  • Identifying and overcoming vulnerabilities to terrorist attack
  • Safety systems – a technology neutral assessment
  • New technologies - impact of novel materials, technologies and advanced engineering on risk mitigation
  • Technology failure vs. human factor vs. natural disaster
  • Safety culture and human errors
  • Nuclear power plant regulation: implications of a safety goals driven performance-based regulation

The "Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Problems and Possibilities" keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Gail H. Marcus. 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 this 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 and 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 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. 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.

In addition, technical presentations will be delivered by the French Atomic Energy Commission as well as three US national laboratories including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Several prestigious universities from around the world and private corporations will also be represented on technical program.

Distinguished Faculty

  • Gail H. Marcus, ScD, Nuclear Power Technology and Policy
  • Mohammad Modarres, PhD, University of Maryland
  • Stephen L. Bump, Dade Moeller & Associates
  • Anthony Z. Roisman, National Legal Scholars Law Firm
  • Leon Cizelj, PhD, Jožef Stefan Institute
  • Stuart A. Maloy, PhD, PE, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Sabrina Tietze, Chalmers University of Technology
  • William E. Gunther, PE, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Georgy I. Toshinsky, DrSci, Russian Institute for Physics and Power Engineering
  • Herbert Feinroth, Ceramic Tubular Products
  • Liviu Popa-Simi, PhD, LAVM LLC
  • Daniel S. McGarvey, Marsh
  • Sean S. Roshan, Sweden Royal Institute of Technology
  • Ana Stanič, University of London
  • Stephen L. Bump, Dade Moeller & Associates
  • Edward C. Abbott, ABZ, Inc.
  • Anthony Z. Roisman, National Legal Scholars Law Firm
  • Susana Reyes, PhD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Yian Lei, PhD, Peking University
  • Michael F. Keller, Hybrid Power Technologies LLC
  • Christophe Journeau, PhD, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
  • Martina Adorni, PhD, University of Pisa

About The Knowledge Foundation
The Knowledge Foundation integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the rapidly changing intersection of science and business. Known for providing members of its Technology Commercialization Alliance with direct and unbiased state-of-the-art scientific information, the Knowledge Foundation is uniquely qualified to provide wider exposure for important developments in the emerging fields of alternative energy, nanotechnology, and chemical/biological detection technologies.

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