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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).
February 9–11, 2021
We are transforming CONTE 2021 into an virtual conference February 9-11, 2021. This will allow us to deliver the top quality content and technical exchange you’ve come to expect from ANS meetings while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved.
On behalf of the American Nuclear Society and the CONTE 2021 Committee, we thank you for joining us for the 2021 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education!
We are pleased to bring you an exciting, informative, provocative, and educational conference in a virtual format that allows us to bring our content to a wider audience than ever.
The theme of this year's meeting is “Learning Towards the Nuclear Industry of Tomorrow” and is centered on education and training’s role in shaping the future of the nuclear industry. The industry has faced many challenges in recent years including a difficult economic marketplace and overcoming the obstacle to train and educate a highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce in the midst of a global pandemic. Training and education have risen to these challenges while continuing to improve industry performance. Our CONTE 2021 presenters will bring you their ideas, innovations and best practices that have made a difference in the past two years and going forward.
The central component of CONTE is the exchange of ideas, and you will find those opportunities again this year. We have over 70 presenters across three days with five expert panel discussions. While we can’t replace a face-to-face meeting, we think this conference will bridge the gap, keeping you informed of the some of the best practices, innovations, and challenges in the nuclear industry, both in education and training.
This meeting will be unlike any previous CONTE, but it promises to contain the one thing that has always characterized this conference – a willingness to share and to learn from each other.
J. Wesley HinesUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville
Kostas DovasExelon Nuclear
J. Wesley Hines