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August 2020

The Transformational Challenge Reactor

August 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Abstract: This talk provides and overview of motivation behind and ongoing activities towards development and deployment of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR) About the Speaker: Kurt Terrani is a Senior Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Director of Transformational Challenge Reactor program for U.S. DOE, Office of Nuclear Energy. He joined the laboratory as a Weinberg Fellow in the Nuclear Fuel Materials Group in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of California,…

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September 2020

Next-Generation Laser Plasma Spectroscopy Technologies for Nuclear Security

September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Vassilia Zorba Group Leader, Laser Technologies Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab & Associate Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley Abstract: Pulsed laser technologies play a critical role in nuclear security, including remote sensing, safeguards and emergency response. My group’s research focuses on the development of next-generation laser technologies with improved sensitivity, precision, and detection range for nuclear non-proliferation applications. This talk will cover recent work on emerging ultrafast technologies based on optical emission. Specifically, I will discuss new…

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Going From Zero to A Billion: How to Build an Advanced Nuclear Power Plant Indy Style

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Canon Bryan Chief Financial Officer, Terrestrial Energy Abstract: The nuclear energy industry is transforming from being highly concentrated and government- or multinational- funded to nimble, innovative start-ups funded by the cleantech community. This lecture discusses how it is possible to take an advanced reactor design from the idea stage to a multi-billion-dollar concern and still maintain control over your vision for the project. About the Speaker: Canon Bryan is a financial professional with over 25 years of experience in various…

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Machine Learning approach to Nuclear Threat Detection

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Simon E Labov, Ph. D. Group Leader, Nuclear Security Physics Program Leader, Nuclear Detection Program Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division and Global Security Directorate Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Co-hosted with NSSC Abstract: Conventional approaches to radiation measurements are sometimes insufficient to address the challenges of nuclear threat detection in real-world conditions.  Threat-aware signal processing, statistical methods, machine learning and artificial intelligence are fast becoming an important part of the analysis of large data sets acquired by radiation detectors and supporting…

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October 2020

Rapid Nuclear Materials Discovery Through Innovative Approaches to Characterization

October 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Kevin Field Associate Professor Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences University of Michigan Abstract: Materials can play a pivotal role in advancing the state of nuclear energy both domestically and abroad by increasing safety, efficiency, and operational lifetime. Until recently, most advances in materials design for nuclear energy have been incremental – slight changes of composition here or tweaks in microstructure there. This talk will focus on research directions to enable rapid breakthroughs in the development of advanced…

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Restoring connection: evolution of engineered cover designs for abandoned legacy waste with respect to Indigenous People

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Carrie Nuva Joseph (Hopi) Postdoctoral Research Fellow Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research University of Arizona Abstract: The US EPA estimates there are approximately 15,000 defense-related abandoned uranium mines located in 14 states with an estimated 75% on federal and tribal land. Of those locations, over 500 abandoned mines and 1100 features are in the Four-Corners region. Uranium mill tailings, often referred to as legacy waste, comprise the largest volume of any category of radioactive waste in the Nation.…

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ARG-US Remote Monitoring Systems for Packagings of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Dr. Yung Liu   Senior Nuclear Engineer and Manager   Packaging Certification & Life Cycle Management Program   Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division   Argonne National Laboratory Abstract: In this talk, I will describe the ARG-US (meaning watchful guardian) remote monitoring systems technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Packaging Certification Program, Office of Packaging and Transportation, Office of Environmental Management. Over the past 12 years, Argonne has developed, demonstrated, and…

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