American Nuclear Society Chief Loewen Leads Mission of 20 U.S. N-Experts to Attend Indo-U.S N-Energy Safety Summit Being Held in Mumbai on Sept 30th, 2011

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Loewen will present an ANS Presidential Citation to Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy.

“Twenty of my ANS colleagues, who come from academia, the government, and industry, will join me in seeing first-hand how India develops nuclear energy to provide safe, clean and affordable electricity to a growing population and economy.”

A high-powered nuclear energy delegation from the United States, led by American Nuclear Society (ANS) President Dr. Eric P. Loewen, is visiting India this week to participate in the Indo-U.S. Nuclear Energy Safety Summit being held here on 30 September, 2011.

Explaining the objective ahead of his first ever visit to India, Loewen said, “Twenty of my ANS colleagues, who come from academia, the government, and industry, will join me in seeing first-hand how India develops nuclear energy to provide safe, clean and affordable electricity to a growing population and economy.” Loewen added, “Of course, as a nuclear engineer, I am particularly eager to visit some of India’s leading nuclear sites.” Loewen’s delegation will visit the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Centre (IGCAR) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) government sites, and will meet with government and industry officials in both Chennai and Mumbai. ANS last led a mission to India in 2007.

Loewen will present an ANS Presidential Citation to Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, for his critical leadership role in successfully negotiating the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement. He will also present opening remarks at the Indo-U.S. Summit and will discuss the safety advantages of Fast Breeder Reactors, a technology Loewen manages at General Electric, and that is part of India’s three-stage plan for civil nuclear energy.

Presenting along with Dr. Loewen will be Dr. R.K. Sinha, Director of the BARC, on the safety advantages of the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor being developed by India to take advantage of vast Thorium reserves. U.S. representatives of four lightwater reactor (LWR) suppliers will also make presentations: Westinghouse on the AP-1000 pressurized light-water reactor (PWR); GE-Hitachi on the ESBWR boiling water reactor (BWR); NuScale Power on the light-water pressurized Small Modular Reactor (SMR); and Areva USA on the EPR pressurized light-water reactor. The presenters will describe the safety advantages of their reactors for India.

U.S. Government speakers from the State Department, Embassy New Delhi, Department of Commerce, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will address the Summit on the mutual benefits of the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement, signed nearly three year ago on 8 October, 2008. Other U.S. presenters will discuss the safety advantages of technology from the following companies: USEC, Transco, Holtec, and Rosemont Nuclear.

A U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Pavilion at the India Nuclear Exposition (INE), certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce will feature the organizations mentioned above plus the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization, Urenco USA, Curtiss Wright, Bechtel, mPower, Milbank, and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. The INE, India’s largest nuclear exposition, will run from 29 September thru 1 October at the Bombay Exposition Centre in Goregaon, Mumbai.

On Saturday, 1 October, IIT-Bombay and the ANS India Section will host a Framework on Nuclear Education Cooperation featuring students and professors from more than a dozen Indian and U.S. universities. All events are open to the public.

“The goal of the mission, summit, pavilion, and education outreach activities are to promote cooperation between nuclear professionals of our two countries,” said Dr. Corey McDaniel, President of the ANS India Section. “The theme of these activities is a discussion on the public safety advantages for India and the U.S. as a result of Indo-U.S. civil nuclear cooperation,” McDaniel added.

Chartered on 11 February 2011, ANS India Section is the ninth international section of the Society. The India Section was formed as the implementing organization of a memorandum of agreement with the Indian Nuclear Society signed on the second anniversary of the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement, 8 October 2010.

Founded in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,500members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government ,academia, research laboratories and private industry.

For more information about the American Nuclear Society, visit http://www.ans.org.

For more information about the Indo-U.S. Nuclear Energy Safety Summit, U.S. Pavilion, Mission, and Education Symposium please visit http://local.ans.org/india/

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