Purdue and Duke Energy introduce a nuclear lecture series

August 15, 2022, 3:13PMANS Nuclear Cafe


The new Understanding Tomorrow’s Nuclear Energy lecture series, sponsored by Purdue University and Duke Energy, premieres on August 30. The first scheduled speaker, Arden L. Bement Jr., professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Purdue, will deliver a talk titled “Clean Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future.”

Register now. Participants can attend the event, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT, either in person or virtually. The presentation will be delivered in the Stewart Center Fowler Hall on Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind. Advance registration is required for this free lecture.

What’s it about: The series will feature community leaders speaking on the feasibility of using advanced nuclear technologies to meet the long-term zero-carbon energy goals of the West Lafayette campus. It is designed to appeal to everyone, from nuclear industry experts to community residents with a general interest in the topic.

Bement’s presentation will cover the history and future of applications of nuclear reactor technologies, including in submarines during the 1950s, in nuclear power plants through the early 2000s, and in the commercial small modular reactors of tomorrow. He also will address such subjects as the approval process for nuclear reactors, reactor safety systems and technologies, and sustainable energy.

About the inaugural speaker: In addition to being a David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue, Bement is a former director of both the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation. He has consulted for Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. While at Purdue, Bennet served as head of the School of Nuclear Engineering. He also held appointments in the School of Materials Engineering, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Krannert School of Management.

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