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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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Matthew Denman: On Probabilistic Risk Assessment
Probabilistic risk assessment is a systematic methodology for evaluating risks associated with a complex engineered technology such as nuclear energy. PRA risk is defined in terms of possible detrimental outcomes of an activity or action, and as such, risk is characterized by three quantities: what can go wrong, the likelihood of the problem, and the resulting consequences of the problem.
Matthew Denman is principal engineer for reliability engineering at Kairos Power and the chair of the American Nuclear Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management’s Subcommittee of Standards Development. As a college student at the University of Florida, Denman took a course on PRA but didn’t enjoy it, because he did not see its connection to the nuclear power industry. Later, during his Ph.D. study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his advisor was Neil Todreas, a well-known thermal hydraulics expert. Todreas was working on a project with George Apostolakis, who would leave MIT to become a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project, “Risk Informing the Design of the Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor,” was a multi-university effort funded through a Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) grant. Todreas and Apostolakis were joined in this project by a who’s who of nuclear academia, including Andy Kadak (MIT, ANS past president [1999–2000]), Mike Driscoll (MIT), Mike Golay (MIT), Mike Lineberry (Idaho State University, former ANS treasurer), Rich Denning (Ohio State University), and Tunc Aldemir (Ohio State University).
Learn about the latest in thermal hydraulics research and the ANS Thermal Hydraulics Division's role in promoting the exchange of ideas and recognizing excellence in a members-only event on Friday, October 1, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT.
In this exclusive members-only webinar, leading energy and environmental reporters will go beyond nuclear to discuss the changing role of energy journalism and much more on Wednesday, October 13, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT.
The 2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo will be a hybrid conference, offering the flexibility to attend in Washington, D.C. or virtually November 30 – December 3.
Join young professionals from around the country for an immersive personal and professional development experience for the nuclear industry’s highly motivated next-generation future leaders. Participate virtually November 12-13.
With back-to-school season upon us, we’re excited to announce that our Navigating Nuclear curriculum now reaches all grade levels. The FREE resources include digital lessons, project starters, career profiles, and three exciting Virtual Field Trips.
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