Lecture on nuclear energy’s role in climate-related innovation coming up

November 29, 2022, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe


As part of the Purdue University–Duke Energy Understanding Tomorrow’s Nuclear Energy Lecture Series, Richard K. Lester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a speech on Wednesday, November 30, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. EST. Lester, associate provost and a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, was previously head of the university’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The event will also feature a panel discussion with Lester, Lefteri H. Tsoukalas, and Morgan Smith.

Register now: The lecture, “Tough Tech for Climate: Innovation Challenges, University Responsibilities, and Some Comments on the Nuclear Role,” can be attended in person at Eliza Fowler Hall, in the Stewart Center of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The talk will also be available to watch on YouTube, where it will be live streamed. Advance registration is required. Following registration, individuals will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Lester and the lecture: The talk is part of a partnership between Purdue University and Duke Energy that is exploring whether electricity generated with small modular reactors on campus could fulfill Purdue’s long-term energy needs. During his lecture, Lester will discuss various ways for universities to engage in climate-related research, education, and innovation, including with nuclear energy technology.

Lester’s research has focused on innovation, productivity, and industrial competitiveness, and he has performed much work on nuclear technology management and policy.

Other panelists: Following the lecture, Lefteri H. Tsoukalas and Morgan Smith will join Lester for a discussion. Tsoukalas is professor and former head of Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering. Smith, a senior at Purdue, is a research assistant in the nuclear engineering program, as well as president of the university’s chapter of Women in Nuclear and vice president of the Purdue chapter of the American Nuclear Society.

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