Take a look at the exciting speaker line-up confirmed for 2017

The 7th Annual International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit is the world's leading forum on the next generation of nuclear power - its unrivalled speaker line-up demonstrates why.

With over 40 engaging speaker presentations at the event in 2017, there is no better meeting point for you to get up-to-date with this exciting industry. Don't miss out - the early bird pass price ends on February 3rd.

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Utility Perspectives:

Steve Kuczynski
Stephen Kuczynski
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Southern Nuclear Operating Company

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Southern Nuclear

Steve Kuczynski is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Nuclear, located in Birmingham, Ala. In this role, he is responsible for all operations of Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors at plants Farley, Hatch and Vogtle. He is also responsible for new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 near Augusta, Ga. He was elected chairman, president and CEO, effective July 11, 2011.

Kuczynski has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Most recently he was the senior vice president of Exelon Nuclear’s Midwest Operations. In that role, Kuczynski had oversight of all operational functions for Exelon Nuclear’s six Illinois operating facilities and 11 reactors. Prior to that role, Kuczynski was the senior vice president of operations support in which he was responsible for the performance of outage services, training, emergency preparedness, security, chemistry, radiation protection, operations, maintenance, work control and industrial safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet.

Kuczynski holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He earned a senior reactor operator license from the NRC.

He is a member of the executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, where he also serves as chair of the Audit, Advanced Reactor Working Group and New Plant advisory committees. Kuczynski is on NEI’s Foundation for Nuclear Studies board and the Nuclear Matters executive committee.

In addition, Kuczynski is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Operations National Nuclear Accrediting Board. He serves on the advisory boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program and the Fluoride High Temperature Reactor Program as well as the Holtec International SMR advisory council. He also serves on the advisory committee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, the Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear and the advisory board for Terrestrial Power Industry.

Kuczynski received the Special Achievement Award from the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council and the Presidential Citation from the American Nuclear Society.

Nicolle Butcher
Nicolle Butcher
VP Strategy and Acquisitions
Ontario Power Generation

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OPG

Nicolle has over 20 years of project experience across a wide range of projects including establishing a lease with British Energy for the Bruce Nuclear plant, driving the advancement of biomass as an alternative fuel for OPG's coal plants and developing the commercial business case and overseeing the establishment of the commercial organization for the Portlands Energy Centre. Nicolle continues to sit on the Board of Directors of Portlands. Nicolle holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Business Valuator. Nicolle earned a Certified Project Manager designation from Stanford University and has recently earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dan Stout
Dan Stout
Senior Manager – Small Modular Reactors
Tennessee Valley Authority (Invited)

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TVA

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Doug Hunter
Doug Hunter
CEO
UAMPS

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UAMPS

Mr. Douglas Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (“UAMPS”). Mr. Hunter joined UAMPS in December of 1983 and is a 35 year veteran of the electric utility industry. Prior to his appointment as General Manager in 1995, he served as Assistant General Manager and Manager of Municipal Resources of UAMPS.

Mr. Hunter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. He currently serves as the past Chair on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Executive Committee and has served on the APPA Board of Directors.

Jim Gaston
Jim Gaston
General Manager, Energy Services & Development
Energy Northwest

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Energy Northwest

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Government and Regulatory Insights

Vonna Ordaz
Vonna Ordaz
Acting Director – Office of New Reactors
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission


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US NRC

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Randy Weber
Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX)
United States House of Representatives


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Member of the US Congress

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Jerry McNerney
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA 9)
US House of Representatives


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Member of the US Congress

Congressman Jerry McNerney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. He is proud to represent California’s 9th District, which includes a large portion of San Joaquin County and parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties.

Congressman McNerney is honored to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee is vested with broad jurisdiction on a number of issues including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.

Congressman McNerney, who has his Ph.D. in mathematics, served several years as an engineering contractor to Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. In 1990, McNerney moved to California for a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower, Kenetech. McNerney later began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Prior to his election to Congress, he formed a start-up company to manufacture wind turbines.

During his career in wind energy, McNerney’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide. McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who in response to the attacks of September 11th, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his Dad serve his country by running for Congress. With a deep sense of duty and his family’s support, McNerney began his journey to Congress.

Edward McGinnis
Edward McGinnis
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation
US Department of Energy


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US DOE

Mr. McGinnis is responsible for the Department of Energy's international civilian nuclear energy activities, including international nuclear energy research, development and demonstration cooperation, international framework and partnership development, international nuclear energy policy, and other international civilian nuclear energy-related activities carried out by the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. As part of these responsibilities, Mr. McGinnis serves as Steering Group Chairman of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation that consists of more than 60 countries and serves as the Departmental Representative to the U.S. Trade and Promotion Coordination Committee on civil nuclear energy matters. Within the Office of Nuclear Energy, Mr. McGinnis has also served as a Vice Chairman and Principal U.S. Representative to the Generation IV International Forum and was responsible for US domestic nuclear fuel assurance matters, including technical oversight activities regarding the United States Enrichment Corporation, uranium inventory management matters, as well as US nuclear energy security matters.

Prior to working in the Office of Nuclear Energy, Mr. McGinnis led a number of other high priority United States Government initiatives at the Department of Energy, including having served as the senior Director for the office of Global Radiological Threat Reduction where he managed global operations involving the search, recovery, security and disposal of high-risk radiological and nuclear sources in cooperation with over 40 countries, including within the U.S. These activities included recovery of high- risk radiological sources from Iraq, establishment of a Global Radiological Regional Partnership Program, and the first-of- its-kind repatriation of high-risk U.S.-origin plutonium-239 sources. Mr. McGinnis also established and served as the Director of the Nuclear and Radiological Threat Reduction Task Force which was created to carry out a number of key Secretarial national security initiatives, including the development of a global nuclear materials removal and research reactor security study that included the identification of nuclear research reactors throughout the world by level of vulnerability and an action plan to effectively mitigate such vulnerabilities.

Prior this, Mr. McGinnis served as senior advisor and special assistant to four Assistant Secretaries and Deputy Administrators for nonproliferation and national security at the Department of Energy where he served as a senior advisor for all aspects of the Department's nonproliferation missions, including nonproliferation research and development, materials protection, control and accounting, and warhead security.

Mr. McGinnis holds a master's degree from The American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows Program as well as the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University.

Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
VP Structured Finance Division
EXIM


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EXIM 

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Stephen Burdick
Stephen Burdick
Partner
Morgan Lewis

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morgan lewis 

Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises electric utilities, reactor vendors, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a specific emphasis on new reactor projects.

Alex Polonsky
Alex Polonsky
Partner
Morgan Lewis

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morgan lewis 

Alex Polonsky concentrates his energy and environmental practice on matters ranging from nuclear industry licensing, litigation, and investigations, to radiation toxic tort and Superfund litigation. He is a nationally-known resource and frequent speaker at conferences on nuclear export–related matters, including 10 CFR Part 810. As the firm’s Facility Security Officer with a top-secret security clearance, Alex also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information. Alex’s prior career as an environmental consultant allows him to advocate effectively in technically-complex proceedings, to provide due diligence support for energy and environmental transactions, and to work seamlessly with experts.

As part of his energy practice, Alex counsels clients on NRC licensing issues, including cases related to license renewal and transfers, radioactive materials handling, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear exports, and litigation before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Boards. He has a robust practice with nuclear start-up companies, advising on all aspects of licensing, investment, and commercialization. He is the co-author of Fundamentals of Nuclear Regulation in the United States, and an instructor for Nuclear Regulation 101, a training program sponsored by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI).

As part of his environmental practice, Alex counsels energy clients on a range of matters involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation. He also provides environmental due diligence support on energy transactions, and in-depth technical reviews of soil and groundwater data for clients involved in environmental litigation.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alex clerked for the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP). He also worked for ICF Kaiser Engineers for five years, supporting numerous Phase I Environmental Assessments and Phase II Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies for government, industrial, and commercial properties.

AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2016)
Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2016)
Listed, The Legal 500 United States (2013)

ADMISSIONS
District of Columbia
New York

CLERKSHIPS
Clerkship to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel

EDUCATION
Vermont Law School, 1998, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Wesleyan University, 1992, B.A., Honors in Environmental Science

SECTORS
Energy

SERVICES
Energy Regulatory
Energy Litigation
Environmental Counseling & Litigation
Energy Transactions
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Litigation, Regulation & Investigations

REGIONS
North America

Rita Baranwal
Rita Baranwal, Ph.D.
Director
GAIN Initiative

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Idaho National Labs 

Dr. Rita Baranwal joined INL's Nuclear Science & Technology directorate in August 2016 as the director for the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Baranwal most recently served as the director of Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. In that position, she led the creation and development of game-changing technologies and managed characterization and hot cell laboratories to support Westinghouse, its customers and the nuclear power industry. Her previous positions at Westinghouse included director of Core Engineering and manager of Materials and Fuel Rod Design. Prior to joining Westinghouse, she was a manager in the Materials Technology organization at Bechtel Bettis, Inc. 

Baranwal was an adjunct faculty member of University of South Carolina's nuclear engineering graduate program from 2010-2012. She holds two patents for materials engineering technology and has co- authored publications related to characterization of irradiation and fabrication process effects on material microstructure and properties. She received her bachelor's degree from MIT in materials science and engineering and her master's degree and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Michigan. She also completed an executive management program at Duquesne University's Beard Institute in 2009.

Baranwal has been an active American Nuclear Society member since 2008 and currently serves on the ANS Materials Science and Technology Division Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Pittsburgh and was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for North Hills Community Outreach..

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Innovative designer presentations

Mike McGough
Mike McGough
Chief Commercial Officer
NuScale

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NuScale

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Donald M. Wolf
Donald M. Wolf
CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder
ARC

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ARC

Don Wolf is a business executive and venture capital investor who has held senior level/founder responsibilities in many different businesses. He is the co­founder of a real estate private equity business based in Paris and Washington, DC. Previously, he was general partner in a U.S. based real development company. There, he put together and served as CEO of a building materials, construction and solid waste business, and as CEO of a hotel management company that managed the group’s hotels. Mr. Wolf has practiced law with the international law firm Coudert Brothers in New York, London and Paris. He also served as a military officer in a U.S. Defense Department office created by Robert McNamara.

Mr. Wolf earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Eric Loewen
Eric Loewen
Chief Consulting Engineer
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Dr. Eric Loewen is GE Hitachi Chief Consulting Engineer for Advanced Plants. He leads the technical efforts to build the integral fast reactor PRISM, an advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) that can generate electricity and industrial heat, recycle spent nuclear fuel from the current fleet of water cooled reactors, disposition plutonium and eliminate weapons grade material by fission. He acts in a similar capacity on behalf of GEH as the Reactor Systems Technology Leader for Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC’s (ARC) aSMR, ARC-100. Eric’s experience in the nuclear industry includes, the nuclear Navy, nuclear waste processing, and work at national laboratory on advanced reactors. As a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) since 1987 holding a variety of leadership positions. He is a Past President, having served as President from June 2011 to June 2012. He holds Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Rory O’Sullivan
Rory O’Sullivan
Chief Operations Officer
Moltex


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Moltex

Rory O’Sullivan BA BAI MIMechE is a chartered engineer with degrees in mechanical engineering from Ireland and France. Rory’s belief in Molten Salt Reactors as a solution to affordable clean power led him to cofound Energy Process Developments Ltd where he led a government funded feasibility study on the development of a prototype Molten Salt Reactor. Rory has sat on the Molten Salt Reactor advisory committee to the International Atomic Energy Agency and was recently named as a Standout in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for his work with Molten Salt Reactors. He is now Chief Operating Officer at Moltex Energy leading the engineering and business development of the Stable Salt Reactor, a simpler, cheaper, more deployable form of Molten Salt Reactor.

Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson
Head of the Electron Cylcotron Sections
ITER


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ITER 

Mark Henderson acquired a PhD in Plasma Physics in 1991, the thesis was on the design, construction and initial operation of the Compact Auburn Torsatron. He performed a Post Doctorate at CRPP-EPFL in Lausanne, participating in the design, construction and operation of the microwave Heating system on the tokamak TCV. He became a permanent scientist at TCV working on the microwave system and associated experiments. In 2004, he proposed an alternative design for the ITER microwave launching antenna, which was accepted. In 2008, he left CRPP for ITER to be in charge of the development of microwave heating system, which is being supplied by Europe, USA, Japan, Russia and India.

Simon Irish
Simon Irish
CEO
Terrestrial Energy USA


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Terrestrial Energy

Mr. Irish has over 20 years investment banking and asset management experience in London and New York. Mr. Irish founded SWH Capital LLC in 2009, a New York based investment firm focused on innovative businesses in the financial, energy and healthcare sectors. Mr. Irish has established and managed multi-billion dollar alternative investment businesses in North America. Most recently he operated a substantial proprietary investment program for Man Group Plc. in start-up investment businesses including those focused on the technology sector. Mr. Irish’s responsibilities extended to sourcing and appraising corporate acquisition opportunities for Man Group Plc. Mr. Irish received his MA (Natural Sciences) from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from London Business School.

Paul Harding
Paul Harding
Senior Adviser
U-Battery


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U-Battery 

Paul Harding is Senior Adviser on the U-Battery Team. With MA and DPhil degrees in Chemistry from Oxford University, Paul has worked in diverse roles in the UK Nuclear Industry for over 36 years. Paul was Managing Director of URENCO UK Uranium Enrichment Plant at Capenhurst near Chester from 2003-11 and Commercial Director in the URENCO Group 2011-14. Previously he has headed Decommissioning Sites at Hunterston and Capenhurst and was Head of Hex Business at Springfields Fuel Plant in the UK.

Ed Pheil
Ed Pheil
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Elysium Industries

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Financial expertise

Ray Rothrock
Ray Rothrock
CEO
RedSeal


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RedSeal

Ray joined RedSeal as CEO in February 2014. Prior to RedSeal he was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock he invested in 53 companies including over a dozen in cybersecurity including Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA, and Shape Security. He is on the board of Check Point Software Technology, Ltd. an original Venrock investment, and Team8, both Tel Aviv–based companies.

A thought leader in cybersecurity and long time investor in the sector, Ray Rothrock was a participant in the White House CyberSecurity Summit held at Stanford University February 2015.

Ray holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A & M University, a MS in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. Ray Rothrock is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation board.

Chris Gadomski
Chris Gadomski
Head of Research – Nuclear
Bloomberg New Energy Finance


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bloomberg

Chris is the Lead Analyst of Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He directs the firm's nuclear energy research team, developing a robust methodology for forecasting global nuclear investment in new build, innovative technologies, O&M, fuel cycle and decommissioning.

As a business development and corporate communications consultant with SMIdirect, Chris has over 25 years experience working with regional and multinational firms and global institutions on energy and environment projects. Past clients include the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, U.S. Department of Energy, and UNDP/Global Environment Facility. Chris has worked on solar project development in the Middle East and in California, and was invited as an "energy leader" to explore renewable energy and technology transfer business opportunities in Israel in 2009.

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Industry insights

Martin Parece
Marty Parece
Vice President, Products and Technology
AREVA inc.

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AREVA inc.

Martin Parece is Vice President, Products & Technology for the Reactors & Services Business Group of AREVA in North America. He is responsible for development, technical oversight and configuration control of pressurized water and high temperature gas reactor designs planned for deployment in North America. In addition, Mr. Parece directs product development, fabrication and testing at AREVA’s U.S. Technical Center.

Mr. Parece has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and is a member of the American Nuclear Society. During the last 34 years with AREVA and predecessor companies, he has gained extensive experience in plant operations, safety and performance analyses, computer code development, accident mitigation, thermal-hydraulics, plant auxiliary systems, Class 1 component design, reactor design, and licensing. He is particularly adept at assembling and leading highly functioning multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex design, licensing and fabrication projects. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, he served as Chief Engineer for AREVA.

Mark Lesinski
Mark Lesinski
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


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CNL

Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) effective September 13, 2015. CNL is Canada's premier nuclear science and technology laboratory managed by the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA).

Mr. Lesinski has a distinguished career in nuclear science, operations, projects, and decommissioning. His 38 years of experience spans commercial and government nuclear facilities, from power reactor operations and major retrofit projects to management of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D).

Prior to joining CNL, Mr. Lesinski spent 10 years in the UK, first to accelerate closure of the Magnox South estate culminating as the Managing Director and then to serve as chief operating officer (COO) for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), developing and implementing strategy for the site licence companies (SLC). The unique combination of project and program management with site operating company (SOC) management and governance roles, as well as coordinating support with the National Nuclear Laboratory, provides Mr. Lesinski with the perspective and experience critical to leading CNL’s transformation.

In addition, Mr. Lesinski’s experience includes 17 years of successful hands-on management of major commercial nuclear power plant retrofits, followed by 6 years of D&D at commercial reactor and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites including the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology site. At Rocky Flats, his innovative safety and regulatory approaches and use of high- performance teams supported site closure 60 years earlier and US$30 billion lower than the original estimate.

A native of Rochester, New York, Mr. Lesinski obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Cum Laude) as well as post-graduate studies in radiation science from the University at Buffalo. He has also co-authored numerous publications and presented at various conferences in the nuclear sector.

He brings private-sector rigour and efficiency to transform CNL.

Kevin Billings
Kevin Billings
Senior Advisor
Concurrent Technologies Corporation

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Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Kevin Billings is President and CEO of Legation Strategies, a private management consulting firm providing advisory services in strategic positioning, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity within the national security, energy, and transportation sectors.

He is advising Concurrent Technologies Corporation in support of its Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing.

Mr. Billings was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health and later served as Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment, and Logistics. In that role, his responsibilities included worldwide management and direction of the United States Air Force’s $38 billion energy, environment, installations and logistic activities.

Mr. Billings began his career in the United States Congress working for Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and since then his experience has been multidimensional in terms of policy development, strategic planning, international and domestic business operations, transformation and change management. He has served as an executive at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Lockheed Martin and his consulting clients have included large multi-national defense, energy and engineering companies.

Mr. Billings is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and a member of the Royal Air Force 601 (County of London) Squadron. He serves as a member on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.

jim sarvinis
Jim Sarvinis
Global Director – Nuclear
Hatch

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hatch

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Shannon Bragg
Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Ph.D.
Lead, Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory

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INL

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Jennifer Uhle
Jennifer Uhle
Director of Reactor Safety Programs
Jensen Hughes


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Jensen Hughes

Speaker bio coming soon.

vince gilbert
Vince Gilbert
Senior Fellow
USNIC

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NIC

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Marc Nichols
Marc Nichol
Senior Project Manager, Quality Issues and Licensing Actions
Nuclear Energy Institute

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NEI

Marc Nichol joined Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2011 and is a Senior Project Manager in New Plant Licensing. In this role, he leads industry’s efforts to resolve generic regulatory issues related to Small Modular Reactors.

Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy and Transnuclear, in the areas of used nuclear fuel management, operations and new plant projects.

Marc holds degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and the University of California Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.

Jacopo Buongiorno
Jacopo Buongiorno
TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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MIT

Jacopo Buongiorno is the TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in thermo-fluids engineering and nuclear reactor engineering. Jacopo has published over 70 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology. For his research work and his teaching at MIT he won several awards, including, recently, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award (MIT, 2015), and the Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (American Nuclear Society, 2011). He is the Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CANES), which is one of eight Low-Carbon-Energy Centers (LCEC) of the MIT Energy initiative (MITEI). Jacopo is a consultant for the nuclear industry in the area of reactor thermal-hydraulics, and a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy of Nuclear Training. He is also a member of the American Nuclear Society (and served on its Special Committee on Fukushima in 2011-2012), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a participant in the Defense Science Study Group (2014-2015).

Jason A. Martinez, CPCU, ARM
Jason A. Martinez, CPCU, ARM
Director, Underwriting
American Nuclear Insurers

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American Nuclear Insurers

Jason Martinez is a nuclear liability underwriting professional with over 8 years in the nuclear insurance industry.  He is currently responsible for underwriting the domestic nuclear liability business as well as foreign assumed reinsurance business for American Nuclear Insurers (ANI), a specialized and exclusive provider of third party liability insurance to the domestic nuclear power industry and reinsurance to the worldwide nuclear industry.  Before transferring over to the Underwriting Department, Mr. Martinez worked as a nuclear account engineer at ANI conducting nuclear liability insurance inspections.  Prior to his work at ANI, Mr. Martinez spent several years within the nuclear Navy as a submarine officer serving on board the USS Seawolf in Groton, CT.  Mr. Martinez is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Systems Engineering (Nuclear).  He also recently completed his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.  He can be contacted via LinkedIn or jmartinez@nuclearinsurance.com.

Otto Walter
Otto Walter
Senior Account Engineer
American Nuclear Insurers

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American Nuclear Insurers

Otto Walter is a professional engineer with 12 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He has nearly 4 years of experience with American Nuclear Insurers (ANI) as a Senior Account Engineer. His primary responsibility is to manage nuclear liability insurance risk across a variety of insured sites and technical topics. He has also developed detailed understanding in the areas of advanced reactors, decommissioning risk, and buried piping risk management. Mr. Walter was a nuclear trained submarine officer on board USS Annapolis and a tactics instructor at the US Naval Submarine School. He has also worked for Tennessee Valley Authority at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and for General Dynamics at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, CT. Mr. Walter graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in General Engineering. He has been licensed in Connecticut as a Professional Engineer (mechanical) since 2007. He may be reached at owalter@amnucins.com

Jonathan Hinze
Jonathan Hinze
Executive Vice President, International
The Ux Consulting Company, LLC

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The Ux Consulting Company, LLC

Jonathan Hinze has over 15 years of experience in the nuclear industry and is currently Executive Vice President, International at The Ux Consulting Company, LLC (UxC).  At UxC, he manages numerous consulting products primarily related to the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor markets.  One of his main areas of focus is global nuclear reactor developments and their impacts on nuclear fuel demand and the reactor supply chain.  His areas of expertise include an in-depth knowledge of the international nuclear marketplace, nuclear technologies, government policies, nonproliferation, and the strong interplay between all of these forces on an international level.  Before coming to UxC in 2006, he worked as Manager, Energy Projects for the International Access Corporation (IAC), a research, consulting and marketing firm with offices in Washington and Tokyo.  Prior to IAC, Jonathan worked nearly four years as Research Analyst in the Washington office of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.  He is trilingual (fluent in English, German and Japanese), and has worked in various countries, including the U.S., Germany, and Japan.  Jonathan received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Haverford College and a Master of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy from The George Washington University. 

David Matthews
David Matthews
Vice President and Senior Regulatory Consultant
Nuclear Energy Consultants


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Nuclear Energy Consultants

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Cristian Marciulescu
Cristian Marciulescu
Principal Technical Leader, Advanced Nuclear Technology (ANT)
EPRI


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EPRI

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Sola Talabi
Dr. Sola Talabi
Consultant
Pittsburgh Technical


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Pittsburgh technical

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Todd Allen
Todd Allen
Senior Fellow
Third Way


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thirdway

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Ron Lippy
Ron Lippy
Senior Manager – Engineering Programs
True North Consulting


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True North Consulting

Over 40 years in the Nuclear Power Industry: Navy and Commercial Plant Construction, Testing and Operations.

Provided support/oversight for the 10-Year Interval Update for the Inservice Testing (IST) Programs for approximately 80% of the US nuclear stations, as well as some international nuclear stations (e.g., England, South Africa, and Spain).

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Serving as the present Chairman of the ASME Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM) Standards Committee. Have been actively involved as a member of various ASME Committees for over 20 years, including presiding as past Chairman of the New Reactors OM Task Group.

Significant involvement in the US and China implementation of the Appendix J Containment Leakage Rate Test (CLRT) Programs including the Integrated Leakage Rate Test (ILRT) and the Local Leakage Rate Test (LLRT) Extension Programs, the LLRT reduction programs, as well as assessments of CLRT Programs overseas.

Involved in the development of the Preservice Inspection (PSI) and Preservice Testing (PST) Programs for the AP1000 reactor units in China, as well as the same PSI/PST program development for the AP1000 units in the US.

Involved in the initial development of the DCD/COLA for several new reactor designs including the EDF, GE ESBWR, AP1000, and the small modular reactors.

Spent 8 years as the Inservice Inspection/Testing Program Owner at a US PWR.

Involved with/Supervised several reactor/station Startups, including both PWRs and BWRs.

Served on the USS Sam Houston (SSBN/SSN-609) as a Senior Reactor Operator/Engineering Watch Supervisor – US Navy (1973-1979).

Mr. Lippy is married with four children and six grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Omaha, NE.

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Ben Moss

Ben Moss

Senior Industry Analyst
Nuclear Energy Insider
+44 (0) 20 7375 7537
Email: BMoss@nuclearenergyinsider.com

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  • nuscale

Silver Sponsors

  • bruce-power
  • jensen hughes
  • Southern-Nuclear
  • U-Battery

Bronze Sponsors

  • Areva
  • Blue Burro
  • GE Hitachi

Legal Sponsor

  • morgan-lewis

Exhibitors

  • enercon
  • flownex
  • General Atomics
  • Lehigh Heavy Forge
  • hatch
  • INL
  • kinectrics
  • sheff-forgemasters
  • Ametek
  • Taprogge

Industry Partners

  • NIC