Hear from a Collection of Leading Industry Experts on the Agenda at SMR 2018
The International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit assembles over 50 leading industry experts from around the world to provide fresh updates on the hottest topics, concrete solutions to the biggest industry challenges and insights into supply chain and deployment opportunities.
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Utility/End User Perspectives:
Glenn JagerChief Nuclear Officer
Glenn Jager is President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at OPG. He was appointed to this position in November 2013. Glenn is also President of Canadian Nuclear Partners, appointed March 31, 2015. Glenn reports directly to President and CEO Jeffrey Lyash.
Prior to his appointment as CNO, Glenn was the Senior Vice President at Pickering Nuclear. Appointed to this position in August 2011, Glenn was responsible for the strategic direction, planning and execution required to achieve nuclear production targets at Pickering, while focusing on safety and reliability.
Glenn joined OPG (formerly known as Ontario Hydro) in 1981 as a System Engineer at Pickering. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within OPG in training and as Project and System Engineer, Shift Manager, Reactor Projects Manager, Outage Manager, Maintenance Manager, and a two year secondment to the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta. Upon his return from WANO, Glenn was appointed Director of Operations and Maintenance at Pickering Nuclear, and then as Site Deputy Vice President at Darlington Nuclear.
Glenn has been licensed as a Shift Manager at Pickering and a Duty Manager at both Pickering and Darlington Nuclear stations. He is a graduate of the University of Western in 1981 with a BESc in Electrical Engineering.
Glenn and his family are long time residents of Bowmanville, Ontario.
Mark LesinskiPresident and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) effective 2015 September 13. 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 41 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) as well as federal laboratory transformation and operations.
His current post to CNL introduces the government owned contractor operated approach to Canada with the goal of reducing Canada’s nuclear liabilities, revitalizing the Chalk River site and connecting CNL’s many capabilities to the world.
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 contributed to site closure 60 years earlier and US$30 billion lower than the original estimate. A native of Buffalo, 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.
Mike RencheckPresident and CEO
Michael W. Rencheck is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power. Over the last 33 years, Mike has served in a number of roles and most recently was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA overseeing its extensive Global capital portfolio of nuclear and renewable projects. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America leading its diverse nuclear services business in Canada and the United States with a workforce of about 5,000 people.
Prior to joining AREVA, Mike was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at American Electric Power (AEP). AEP is a major investor-owned electric utility in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states with 38,000 MWs of generation assets.
After joining AEP in 1998 as VP of Nuclear Engineering, Mike held various positions during his tenure, including Senior VP of Engineering, Projects and Field Services; Senior VP of Engineering, Technical and Environmental Services; and President of AEP ProServ, a wholly-owned engineering and field services subsidiary responsible for major power generation projects and outage management.
Before joining AEP, Mike worked for Florida Power Corporation serving as Director, Nuclear Engineering and Projects for Crystal River Nuclear Station. Earlier in his career, Mike worked at Public Service Electric & Gas Company Salem Nuclear Generating Station as Director of System Engineering and Duquesne Light Company’s Beaver Valley Power Station.
Mike was recognized by the National Safety Council for his leadership demonstrating a personal commitment to worker safety and health as part of ‘CEO’s who get it.’ He also has demonstrated a commitment to many organizations that make a difference in people’s lives including Habitat for Humanity and United Way.
He is a Professional Engineer and certified senior reactor operator and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Holtec International to provide input to the company’s executive leadership regarding its small modular reactor program and as the Bruce Power representative on the Corporate Industrial Advisory Board of Terrestrial Energy, a vendor of advanced reactor power plants.
Vic PakalnisPresident and CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation
Vic Pakalnis earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mining Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1972 and 1976 respectively. In 1994, he obtained a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Prior to joining the Government of Ontario in 1978, he worked at Kerr Addison Mines, Inco Ltd , Iron Ore Company of Canada and Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., At the later company , he served as their Senior Ground Control Engineer .
At the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Vic worked as Chief Mining Engineer , Provincial Director of Mining and Industrial Programs and as Regional Director, Eastern Ontario. He was lead Operations Director for Human Resources and responsible for recruiting and training over 200 new inspectors. In 2007-8 he was appointed the Ontario Public Service Amethyst Fellow in Public Policy, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University teaching courses in the MPA, MIR and Mining Engineering: policy implementation, project management, occupational health and safety. He has over 32 years of experience in public administration.
He is the author of a number of papers on subjects such as: mine research and innovation , safety, and public policy. He chaired the tri-partite provincial inquiry into Health and Safety in the Pulp and Paper Industry. In 1995, he co-led the Early Wins Team within the Internal Administration Restructuring Project. This project was charged with reducing the cost of administration within the Ontario Public Service by $300M. He was one of the founding members and Chair of Ontario’s Provincial Interministerial Council. In 2010, he was elected President of the 88,000 member Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club. He has appeared on radio and television: CNN, BNN, CBC and CTV as a commentator on health and safety issues, in particular the Chilean Mine Rescue Operation in 2010. He writes for and serves on the editorial board of Canadian Government Executive.
Vic is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario , the Society of Mining Engineers , the Canadian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He serves on the Boards of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and Minerva Canada which promotes the introduction of occupational health and safety in schools of business and engineering. In 2007 he received Ontario’s prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Service. In 2014 he received the Minerva Educational Award of Honor.
In 2009 Vic was appointed Kinross Professor in Mining and Sustainability at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the faculty of engineering and applied science. His research interest are in mining technology , safety, public policy ,and aboriginal access to engineering . He was appointed President and CEO , MIRARCO on July1, 2012 . On November 1, 2015 he was appointed Associate Vice-President LMIT ( Laurentian Mining Innovation Technology).
Corey McDanielVP Business Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Corey McDaniel is the Vice-President for Business Development at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.
Previously he managed international and commercial cooperation for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Nuclear Science and Technology Directorate. Prior to INL he served as VP for Asia in Hong Kong, China for a nuclear electrical supplier and in Mumbai, India as the international director of NuScale Power, a small modular reactor (SMR) company.
Corey secured and managed the delivery of replacement safety class (1E) cables to KHNP’s Shin Kori 3 & 4 nuclear power plants. He also facilitated 1E cable deliveries to China and the UAE. Corey facilitated MOUs with China’s largest nuclear utility and India’s largest nuclear EPC during business engagements in more than a dozen Asian and European countries.
Dr. McDaniel spent 5 years in the U.S. Senate as a legislative director and energy policy advisor to Senators from Idaho and Arizona. Corey began his career as a nuclear safety analyst performing PRA and thermal-hydraulic research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He received his doctorate in environmental science and public policy from George Mason University and his bachelors and masters degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico and Purdue University respectively.
Kathryn McCarthyVP Research and Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Dr. McCarthy is Vice-President, Research and Development for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. From February 2012 to January 2017 she was Director of Domestic Programs for Nuclear Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and the Director of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Technical Integration Office for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE). Prior to that she was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Science & Technology at INL, National Technical Director for the Systems Analysis Campaign for the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle R&D Program, and was involved in various other nuclear fission and fusion programs before that; she was employed at the Idaho National Laboratory for 25 years. She received her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Arizona in 1983; M.S., 1986 and Ph.D., 1989, in Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McCarthy was a Guest Scientist at the Kernforschungszentrum (Nuclear Research Center) in Karlsruhe, Germany, March-September 1989, and spent a year in the Soviet Union with the Department of Energy US/USSR Young Scientist Program, at the Efremov and Kurchatov Institutes in Russia, and the Latvian Academy of Science in Latvia, September 1989-August 1990. She is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), beginning as a student in 1979, and was on the Executive Committee (2014-2017) for the Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls Division; she has served on the ANS Board of Directors 2002-2008 (two terms), is the former Vice Chair of Professional Women in ANS, Fusion Energy Division Chair (2000-2001), Vice-Chair (1999-2000) and Executive Committee (1996-1999), ANS Idaho Section Chair (2001-2002) and Vice-Chair (2000-2001), and the University of Arizona Student Chapter ANS President (1982-83). Her awards include the an ANS Presidential citation in 2015 for “Leadership and guidance of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability effort….that has helped set the stage for US power companies to be able to make informed decisions regarding subsequent license renewal for their operating nuclear units…,” 2011 Nuclear Energy Advocate of the Year Award (given by the Partnership for Science and Technology), the 2011 Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Women of Today and Tomorrow Award, an American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation in 2007 for “…outstanding service to the ANS,” the 2000 ANS Women's Achievement Award, 1996 International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor U.S. Home Team Leadership Award, and the 1994 David Rose Award for Excellence in Fusion Engineering.
John JacksonDistinguished Staff Scientist
Dr. John H. Jackson is a Distinguished Staff Scientist/Engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He currently has dual responsibility as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Technical Interface and as the Industry Program Lead for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). In these capacities, John works closely with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry to ensure that DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable innovation. John has nearly twenty years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics. He also has over three years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, Texas. John holds Ph.D. (2001) and MS (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1995) from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.
Government and Regulatory Insights:
Ed McGinnisActing Assistant Secretary of Energy
Department of Energy
Speaker bio coming soon.
Marcelo SalvatoreDirector, Nuclear Technology Assessment, Undersecretariat for Nuclear Energy
Ministry of Energy and Mining, Argentina
Marcelo is a professional nuclear engineer which has 28 years of professional experience and at present is the Director for Nuclear Technology Assessment within the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Argentina. Mainly his duties are devoted to prioritization, guidance, assistance and control of the different nuclear projects and initiatives being implemented or under consideration in Argentina. The CAREM / Argentinean SMR project is one of the main assets in his portfolio.
Before his present role and for 4 years he was a Senior Technical Consultant working for the leadership of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) were he drafted strategic approaches and programs, envisioned the corresponding projects and in many cases took responsibilities for their implementation. Under such a broad spectrum, his involvement covered diverse areas ranging from Nuclear Regulatory matters and the implementation of a Regulator, to the Technology Selection process of the future nuclear power plants to be built in Saudi Arabia.
At the beginning of his career, Marcelo started his professional life with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and then for 17 years worked with the Argentinean Company INVAP, both, places where he rotated from pure technical matters like reactor core physics, code programming and validation, to end managing nuclear projects and developing critical business opportunities and markets.
Among his personal strengths it can be said that Marcelo has the capability to drive an idea from its conception to implementation, integrating and coordinating the different stakeholders.
Marcelo has also developed very good skills for adapting to different working environments and cultures.
Kevin LeeSenior Regulatory Policy Officer
Kevin Lee is currently engaged developing the regulatory framework for the regulation of SMRs at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). He is also active on numerous policy and regulatory files across the broad spectrum of the Canadian nuclear sector, including reforming and amending the CNSC’s regulations, with an eye to making them less prescriptive, where appropriate. Kevin’s over 25 years of providing regulatory, policy and operational expertise, and extensive experience in government includes, amongst other positions, senior management positions with Canada Post and as Special Assistant in the Prime Minister's Office for the Right Hon. Jean Chretien.
Doug MillerSenior Technical Advisor
Speaker bio coming soon.
Senator Sharon BrownWashington State Legislature
Speaker bio coming soon.
John MonningerDirector, Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment and Advanced Reactors, Office of New Reactors
Mr. Monninger is the Director of the Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment, and Advanced Reactors in NRC’s Office of New Reactors. He manages NRC’s programs responsible for the licensing reviews of new and advanced reactors in the areas of safety systems, probabilistic risk assessment, design basis and severe accidents, core physics, and core thermal hydraulics. He directs technical support and expertise for special projects, programs, and policy activities; and develops and implements policies and guidance for the use of probabilistic risk assessment and associated analyses in regulatory decision making for new and advanced reactors. He oversees NRC’s advanced reactors program and the development of policy for all activities involving the licensing of new and advanced reactor nuclear power plants. He has more than 29 years of nuclear regulatory experience including licensing, inspection, and research, covering both nuclear reactor safety, and nuclear materials and waste safety. Prior to his current position, he held many diverse and challenging senior management positions including: Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing; Associate Director, Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate; Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman; and Deputy Director, Division of Risk Analysis. He serves as one of the NRC’s Reactor Safety Team Directors supporting the Incident Response Program. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1988.
Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX)US House of Representatives
Speaker bio coming soon.
Chris HopkinsRiver Landing Solutions
Christopher Hopkins has spent over 30 years working in politics both on the electoral playing field and since 1999, navigating the regulatory process for corporate clients who have controversial land use projects.
Over the past 18 years he has worked exclusively with clients navigating regulatory issues at the local, state and federal levels. Chris has run corporate campaigns in 32 states and six foreign countries managing over 200 zoning and regulatory campaigns for construction material companies, mining companies, commercial developers, gaming companies and philanthropists.
He is a regular speaker on overcoming the political difficulties of regulatory approvals, specifically in the area of aggregate facilities and mineral mines before such organizations as the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and the American Exploration and Mining Association.
Chris is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he teaches at the James E Rogers College of Law on the role that politics plays during the regulatory processes.
Chris did his undergraduate studies and received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed additional programs at Harvard, MIT and the Harvard Business School.
Chris resides in Franklin, Tennessee.
John BarilaroDeputy Premier
New South Wales
John Barilaro was born in Queanbeyan, NSW to Italian migrant parents who arrived in Australia in 1968. Their hard working and selfless approach was an example which instilled in him strong values of family and community service.
He is the proud Member for the Monaro Region of NSW and in 2016 was elected Leader of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier of NSW, Australia’s largest State by economy and population.
He is the Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business, bringing a ‘hands on’ understanding and passion to his portfolios.
As Deputy Premier his priorities have been building a thriving business economy, developing a skilled workforce for the future and investing in communities across regional NSW.
In May 2017, he became the most senior politician in Australia to call for Nuclear to be considered as a part of NSW’s energy mix and has continued to advocate the cause since.
He is also a strong supporter of SMR’s as Australia’s preferred solution.
Jay KhoslaAssistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector
Department of Natural Resources, Canada (NRCAN)
Jay Khosla joined Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2009 and assumed his current role as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in July 2013.
Mr. Khosla is privileged to lead the stewardship of NRCan’s energy sector in advancing the Canada’s international and domestic energy policy agenda. In this position, Jay actively promotes the responsible development of Canada’s vast energy resources by collaborating with international, subnational, aboriginal, industry, non-governmental and intergovernmental partners and agencies. A central focus of his efforts is to maximize Canada’s energy advantage by fostering and implementing a sustainable pan-Canadian approach to the development, production and distribution of Canada's diverse energy mix in areas such as oil and gas, hydro and renewable power, nuclear technology, and energy innovation and efficiency.
Previously, as ADM of the Major Projects Management Office, Jay oversaw the development and implementation of Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource Development. This whole-of-government initiative, consisting of many partner departments and agencies, is aimed at making system-wide policy improvements to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Canada’s regulatory system for the review of major natural resource projects.
Throughout his career Jay’s leadership focus has been on creating greater public value through public sector transformation and innovating for performance. His diversity of experience includes considerable knowledge and skills attained by working in an array of economic, social, operational and corporate organizations including as Director General, Strategic Policy and Planning, Major Projects Management Office and as Associate Director General, Tobacco Control Programme, Health Canada.
Jay holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Ottawa. He is also a graduate of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Executive Development Program (AEXDP). Mr. Khosla is actively involved as a leadership mentor, champion of the Young Professionals Network and active community volunteer. He is married and has two daughters.
Michael ScottOperations Research Analyst
Energy Information Administration
Speaker bio coming soon.
Jack BaileyVP Business Development
- 35 years commercial nuclear experience
- Prior Officer in the Nuclear Navy
- Joined NuScale Power in May 2014 in his current position
- From August 2012 until April 2014, worked with Generation mPower supporting North America project and business development
- From 1997-2012 was an Executive with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Responsible for TVA’s New Nuclear development efforts until 2012, including AP1000 and SMRs.
- Prior to heading up new nuclear development, ran TVA’s Power Supply Planning Group and prior to that was the TVA’s VP of Nuclear Engineering and Technical Services
- From 1989-1997 held various positions at Arizona Public Service’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station including VP of Engineering and VP of Technical Support
- From 1982-1989 held various positions at Virginia Power’s Surry Nuclear Plant, the last one being the Superintendent of Operations
Steve ThrelfallGeneral Manager
Speaker bio coming soon.
Rolland Johnson did his undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies in high energy physics at UC Berkeley. He has worked at US National Labs (LBNL, FNAL, TJNAF), in industry (Maxwell/Brobeck, Muons, Inc.), and had assignments at IHEP in Russia, CERN in Europe and the DOE in Washington, D.C.
In 2002 he started Muons, Inc. in IL to invent and develop new techniques for muon cooling, neutrino factories, and muon colliders. In 2011 he co-founded a new VA company, MuPlus, Inc. Both Muons and Muplus are now engaged in inventing and developing state of the art accelerators and their components for energy production, discovery science, medicine, homeland defense, and commercial applications.
In 2016 Mu*STAR, Inc. was founded to promote and support a consortium of private companies, universities, and national laboratories to design, build, and exploit high-power superconducting accelerators and subcritical GEM*STAR small modular reactors to safely and profitably burn accumulated spent fuel from nuclear reactors and warheads of decommissioned nuclear weapons.
Dr. Filippone is the founder of HolosGen LLC and designer of the Holos Micro Modular Reactor (Holos-MMR), a distributable modular nuclear power generator with inherent safety features, optimized to produce affordable pollutant-free electricity and process-heat with the safest melt-tolerant and proliferation resistant fuels. He is an expert in nuclear engineering and power producing systems with decades of proven problem solving experience. He has worked on power systems utilized to produce electricity from conventional and advanced nuclear, fossil fueled, and renewable energy sources with power ratings from a few kW to 6MW. Dr. Filippone’s expertise is based on activities dedicated to design, manufacturing, and testing of thermal-hydraulic systems to recover and convert waste thermal energy to increase power plant thermodynamic efficiency to reduce operating cost and pollutant emissions. His work includes technical evaluations and optimization of water moderated Gen III+ and gas-cooled Generation IV advanced nuclear reactor designs.
In addition, his current involvement in the development of waste heat recovery and conversion technologies, Dr. Filippone also provides consulting services to leading international manufacturers, research centers, government agencies on emergency preparedness for cascading nuclear disasters. He has authored and co-authored a number of technical reports, including reports published by the Ux Consulting Company UxC on Large Water Reactors, and Small Modular Reactor assessements. Dr. Filippone is the inventor on numerous patents in the fields of energy recovery and conversion systems, high-power lasers, biomass electro-reactors, air-cooled micro modular nuclear reactors with melt-tolerant fuels, solar-thermal water pumping stations, passive-cooling of spent fuel cooling pools, and conversion of decay-heat energy into electricity for robotic and medical applications. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a Diploma of Maturità in Electrical Engineering from the Istituto Tecnico Industriale G. Marconi in Verona, Italy.
Lee MasonSTMD Principal Technologist for Power & Energy Storage
Mr. Mason is a nationally recognized expert in space power and propulsion systems with 30 years of professional experience at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland Ohio. He is currently serving a Detail Position at NASA Headquarters in the Space Technology Mission Directorate as the Principal Technologist for Power and Energy Storage. In that position, Mr. Mason develops the agency strategy for investments in advanced space power technologies. He previously served as Chief of the Thermal Energy Conversion Branch in the Power Division at GRC, responsible for the development of Stirling radioisotope generators and advanced fission power systems for science and human exploration missions. Mr. Mason is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2006), the Rotary National Stellar Award (2010), R&D100 Award (2013) and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2014). He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Jeff HarperVP Business Development
As vice president for strategy and business development at X-energy, Jeff directs long-term business plans specifically focused on customers, partners and markets. Jeff has 30 years of entrepreneurial, general management, and nuclear power industry experience in Africa, Europe, and the US. Prior to joining X-energy, Jeff worked at the Westinghouse Advanced Reactors Program (pebble bed reactor), where he was a commercial/business development program leader and the initial commercial leader for its Small Modular Light Water Nuclear Reactor program. Prior to Westinghouse, Jeff was Founder and CEO for Turner, Harper & Associates, a niche global engineering firm, with 100 full time staff serving key clients including the Department of Energy, the CEZ - Czech Republic Nuclear Power Company, Lockheed-Martin, and Bechtel Jacobs. Jeff also served as a Vendor Inspector for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he led more than 30 management, technical, and quality assurance inspections and audits of nuclear power plants and vendors. Jeff serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, Nuclear Energy Institute’s Suppliers Advisory Committee, Prince George’s County Workforce Development Board and is a frequent speaker on advanced nuclear. Jeff received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Carlos Gil-PosadasProject Manager
CARLOS GIL POSADAS PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:
September2015-Present: Argentinean National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) - Coordinator of the conceptual design of the CAREM commercial scale (480 MW):
• Design bases (lay-out, operating systems and nuclear safety)
• Optimization of the design using several codes that cover specific areas of design, one of them also assists us to evaluate the CAPEX and see how to minimize the cost per MW generated.
August 2010-August 2015: Advisor the CAREM Project in the Technical Engineering Office sector:
- Design of in depth safety systems to extend the grace period in severe accidents.
- Design of the mitigation system in the generation of hydrogen during severe accidents.
- Radiological Protection, designing shields, calculation of doses in the different areas due to gamma radiation and neutron flux.
Assessment of the radiological impact from CAREM 25 reactor’s liquid and gaseous effluents on members of the public. Optimization of the Radiological Protection systems, according to the ALARA principles. In addition, independent evaluation of the different CAREM reactor systems design.
Jul-08-Present: Macedonian Energy S.R.L.
Involved in renewable energies: solar, bio energy.
Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa. Chemical Division. In charge of the total design of the distillation section of a fluorocarbon plant through the different stages: Research and Development, Conceptual Design, financial pre-feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering. Construction and lay-out of the plant. CAPEX (USD 120M).
• Financial evaluation and recommendation of different projects of the chemical area of the AEC. Sensitivity analysis for different scenarios to design a financing strategy. These feasibility studies were done by software designed by us.
• Joint design of the cooling plant that provides the refrigerant to the main plant.
• Linear programming to optimize profits and minimize risks.
Council for Nuclear Safety of South Africa. Involved in the design, operational, licensing and management of radioactive waste assessments of projects of the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa.
Design evaluation of the engineering and safety systems of the Koeberg nuclear power plants in Cape Town. Pinch analysis for optimal energy consumption for Koeberg. Involved in the input data and modifications of the MC-PWR package, which was implemented as a simulator for the Koeberg nuclear power plant. Economic optimization of the Koeberg fuel cycles. Root causes analysis to evaluate potent ial accidents and recommend corrective actions of Koeberg's design and operation.
Project and process engineer of an irradiation plant in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. The sponsors of the project were the UNS and the CNEA. In charge of the radiological protection design systems. In charge of the documentation for the licensing / design of software for process control. Fault Tree Analysis.
Jun-89 / Nov-89: PLAPIQUI, Bahía Blanca. Hired part time for the software design to simulate the process control of one of the plants of the Bahía Blanca petrochemical center (ethane separation plant).
Member of the Institute of Nuclear Engineers of the United Kingdom (South African branch). Member of the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers (SAICHE).
Eric Loewen, Ph.D.Chief Consulting Engineer, Advanced Plants
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Dr. Eric Loewen is GE Hitachi Chief Consulting Engineer for Advanced Plants in Wilmington, North Carolina. He leads the technical efforts to build the integral fast reactor PRISM, an advanced small modular reactor (SMR) 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. Eric is also the chief engineer for the VSBWR, an innovative and cost competitive water-cooled SMR, for which he will apply his experiences from supporting the design and licensing of the ESBWR. Finally, he acts in a similar capacity on behalf of GEH as the Reactor Systems Technology Leader for Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC’s (ARC), ARC-100 sodium fast reactor. 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.
Marek RuščákHead of thermal-hydraulics, nuclear safety research section
Research Centre Rez
Mr. Ruščák is currently the head of department of thermal-hydraulics of the Nuclear Safety Research section in the Research Centre Řež (CVR). At the same time head of department of nuclear safety analysis and research at the National Radiation Protection Institute of the Czech Republic. His responsibilities are to provide technical support to the State Office of Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic and to provide a cooperation between the three institutions. Mr. Ruščák has joined the CVR in 2012 and since then has worked on numerous safety related projects in the fields of thermal-hydraulics, severe accidents and neutronics. Mr. Ruščák has deep knowledge in computer codes such as PARCS, TRACE, SCALE and MELCOR.
He has done his MSc. at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in the field of Nuclear engineering and holds a Bachelor degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic).
Kun ChenProfessor and Director
Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics
Kun Chen is a Professor and Director in the Reactor System Engineering Division at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics where he is leading the licensing of China's Thorium Molten Salt Reactors. He focuses on developing advanced nuclear reactors to provide reliable and affordable energy to the world by overcoming technical and regulatory barriers. He holds a PhD in nuclear physics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and served as nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, in Chicago. He is a Chinese Academy of Sciences distinguished fellow and an adjunct professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Speaker bio coming soon.
James MagowanManaging Director
Speaker bio coming soon.
Paul M. Bessette counsels nuclear utilities, reactor designers, and other nuclear service providers in licensing, regulatory, adjudicatory, and litigation matters. He has litigated more than 10 lawsuits before the US Court of Federal Claims in connection with federal obligations to accept and remove spent nuclear fuel, and supports ongoing settlements of spent fuel claims with the government. He also advises clients on licensing of new-generation nuclear power plants, and counsels nuclear utilities in their applications to renew existing nuclear power plant operating licenses. Paul represented two of the three applicants that successfully obtained early site permits from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the siting of potential advanced reactors. Paul also represents a designer of a small modular reactor in the preparation of a combined operating license application before the NRC, as well as a client seeking a construction permit for a first-of-a-kind medical isotope facility. He counsels nuclear medical device companies on US and international nuclear regulatory requirements.
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 developers, 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, decommissioning, high level waste, medical isotopes, and Part 810 nuclear export controls. He is actively involved in the licensing and permitting of new US nuclear plants, including large light water reactors, small modular reactors, and advanced reactors, and he has been involved in projects evaluating or utilizing all of the NRC licensing options for new plants. Stephen guides clients through the full scope of legal issues associated with new nuclear projects, including consideration of safety and environmental matters, preparation of applications, NRC review of those applications, and litigation of applications before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and the Commission. As the firm’s deputy facility security officer with a top-secret security clearance, Stephen also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information. Stephen was recently appointed to a second term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) by the Secretary of Commerce.
Paul MurphyManaging Director
Paul Murphy is a managing director in Gowling WLG's Energy Group.
Paul's practice focuses on multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating viable nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, and contractors on nuclear projects internationally. He is recognized as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear power programs by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC), and the U.S. government. Paul currently serves on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program team, which assists member states in developing civilian nuclear power programs. He has served as a designated expert, chairman, and author at several special meetings and for multiple working groups of the IAEA, primarily involving the development, financing, and structuring of nuclear power projects. He continues to work with the IAEA in a number of key areas, including a current revision of the IAEA's Handbook on Nuclear Law and as lead author for a new IAEA report, entitled, "Alternative Contracting and Ownership Practices for Nuclear Power Plants."
Supply Chain Leaders
Jesus Talamantes-SilvaManaging Director
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Jim CarterModus Group
Jim Carter has been involved in nuclear power for over 40 years as a submarine officer, project manager, engineering manager, consultant, vice president, and board member. His direct hands-on experience includes new-build nuclear project planning, management and execution; plant restart; major modification activities; and life extension. During the 70s and 80s, Jim was responsible for turn-around of struggling commissioning programs at several new-build U.S. nuclear projects. He was vice president for a major U.S. architect engineering firm, directing engineering and project management activities for fossil, hydro and nuclear programs. He also served as a board member and executive at NuScale Power where he gained significant insight and appreciation for SMR technology and its broad applications. Over the past 5 years, he has been affiliated with Modus Strategic Solutions, supporting client management on large nuclear capital project planning and execution, with a major focus on cost, schedule, and risk management. With Modus, he is currently supporting major CANDU project refurbishments. Mr. Carter has degrees in engineering, business, and law. He has served as board member and chairman of Pathway Lending (a Tennessee financial institution) and several startup companies. jim is a registered engineer in Tennessee and has been admitted to the bar in the state of New Jersey.
Industry Associations and Experts
John StewartDirector of Policy & Research
Canadian Nuclear Association
John Stewart has been Director of Policy and Research with the Canadian Nuclear Association since 2010. He was senior economist at the US Embassy in Ottawa through the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. John is currently Policy Chair of Canada's National Electricity Roundtable. He is the author of Strangers with Memories (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017, a study of U.S.-Canada relations since the 1980s.
Marc NicholSenior Project Manager, New Plant Deployment
Nuclear Energy Institute
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Knox MsebenziManaging Director
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa
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The Science Council for Global Initiatives
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Cristian MarciulescuPrincipal Technical Leader, Advanced Nuclear Technology
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