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January 2022

Recent inertial confinement fusion experiments at NIF reaching 1.35 MJ and the Lawson criterion for ignition

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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DR. ANDREA (ANNIE) L. KRITCHER Design lead for HYBRID-E, Integrated hohlraum modeling team lead, Line Group leader in Design Physics Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan (2005) M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley (2007) Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley (2009) The inertial fusion community have been working towards ignition for decades, since the idea of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) was first proposed by Nuckolls, et al., in 1972. On August 8, 2021, the…

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February 2022

From Superheavy Elements to the Stockpile: The Journey of a Cal Grad

February 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Dr. Sarah L. Nelson Office of Defense Programs National Nuclear Security Administration Abstract: TBD About the Speaker: Dr. Sarah Nelson, a nuclear and radiochemist, serves as the Director (Acting) for the Office of Experimental Sciences for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (NA-11), including Academic Programs. Sarah joined Defense Programs in mid-November 2015 as the office Deputy Director. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry with Distinction from the University of California, Santa…

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For a Safer Nuclear Outlook: Learning from Experience within an Adaptive & Generic Probabilistic Safety Assessment Framework

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Dr. Ali Ayoub - Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, ​Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The worldwide civil nuclear operations have accumulated more than 19'000 reactor-years of experience providing substantial amounts of data and knowledge. With the goal of more intensively learn from this experience to verify and improve the level of nuclear safety, this talk presents the research carried out at the ETH Zurich covering the following inter-woven parts: 1) The continued development and establishment of a novel open…

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Is Nuclear Clean?

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Reactor Administrator, and American Nuclear Society President Dr. Dunzik-Gougar received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Her research interests include the nuclear fuel cycle, systems modeling, spent fuel processing, and waste form development. Join Zoom Meeting ID: 924 8593 4875  

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March 2022

Networked Radiation Detection in Urban Environments

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Dr. Ren Cooper Staff Applied Physicist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory The ability to detect, identify, and localize illicit radiological/nuclear sources in urban environments is a key component of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation efforts across the world. Recent advances in sensing, telecommunications, and edge and cloud computing have led to renewed interest in employing detector networks to provide enhanced detection performance and increased domain awareness. This presentation will describe efforts to exploit multi-sensor fusion and networked sensing towards the development…

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Fukushima Daiichi Reflection

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
3119 Etcheverry Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 + Google Map

Photo Credit to Sarah Stevenson Eleven years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants has been progressing steadily. Professor Toru Obara's lecture will feature the current status of decommissioning. In addition, an introduction to the Nuclear Innovator Cultivation Program (NICP), an educational program launched at Tokyo Institute of Technology, will be given. Japanese photojournalist Kazuma Obara will give a talk of individual stories of the local…

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Exact Difference Schemes and Recent Advances in Coarse Mesh Methods for Thermal Hydraulics

March 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Rizwan-uddin Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Roots of coarse mesh, or advanced, nodal methods can be traced to “exact finite difference schemes.” After a brief overview of exact finite difference schemes, a nodal scheme will be developed for the scalar convection-diffusion PDE . To address some of the limitations on classical nodal schemes, our efforts have focused on the development of: 1) a modified nodal method for the time-dependent Navier-Stokes (N-S) equations and…

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April 2022

What are the scientific certainties and uncertainties in our climate future?

April 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
310 Sutardja Dai

Society's response to the changing climate expresses values and priorities in balancing factors like risk, development, and equity. These choices are best informed by scientific understanding. This seminar will be a dialog on the certainties and uncertainties of climate science and how they are portrayed to non-expert decision makers and the public. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 1st, 3pm-4:30pm in 310 Sutardja Dai Hall.   Click here for live viewing   Introduction Presentation from Professor Koonin Presentation from…

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IMAGING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT – RECONSTRUCTION-FREE RADIONUCLIDE IMAGING

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Simon R. Cherry                                               Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Radiology   Positron emission tomography (PET) is a widely used medical imaging technique, and like many other tomographic imaging modalities, relies on an image reconstruction step to produce cross-sectional images. Detection and localization of the back-to-back annihilation photons produced by positron-electron annihilation defines the trajectories of these…

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What can nuclear engineering learn from design research? Integrating theory and evidence from contemporary nuclear reactor design into policy design

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall, 3105 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Aditi Verma ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (FALL 2022) Abstract While nuclear reactor design is recognized as an essential skill and intellectual output of academic nuclear engineering, little attention has been paid within the discipline to the structure of the reactor design process and how factors beyond physical constraints influence design outcomes. In this talk, I describe the first systematic exploration of the nuclear reactor design process through the application of methodological and theoretical tools developed within the mechanical engineering…

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