International Nuclear Engineering Conference (INEC 2018)

Keynote speakers

Invited speakers will give keynote presentations covering aspects of nuclear engineering from the cradle to the grave.

Confirmed speakers

Tim Milner - INEC 2018 keynote speaker

Tim Milner, Chief Technology Officer, Atkins

Tim Milner is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Atkins Fellow in the field of Process Engineering.

He holds nine patents in chemical separations, biochemistry, electrochemistry and nano separations as applied to nuclear waste management. He has over 20 years’ experience in Liquid Waste Processing, Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Operations and Research and Technology, specializing in the development and application of chemistry and chemical processes in support of operating nuclear power plants and facilities, decontamination and decommissioning, waste treatment and disposal of nuclear waste in Asia the UK, Europe and the US.

Overview of paper

Paper will discuss role of technology in nuclear decommissioning and waste management with recent examples of development of technology from University fundamental science to application in challenging projects to positively impact schedule and cost.

Technology being a process or plant or system or digital platform and application meaning deployment in an active project where the technology exhibited demonstrable benefits over existing baseline.


Andy Worrall - keynote speaker - INEC 2018

Andrew Worrall, Fuel Cycle Technology Integration Leader; Deputy Director GAIN; UK Country Coordinator, US DOE-NE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Andrew Worrall is the Fuel Cycle Technology Integration Leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

He has 25 years of professional experience in the UK and the US working and leading in the fields of reactor physics, fuel and core design, plutonium disposition, fuel development, and fuel cycle analysis (technical, economics, and safeguards).

He has an extensive track record in performing, managing and leading international, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency projects and programs for a range of sponsors in the US and the UK.

Andrew received a BSc in Applied Physics from Lancaster University, UK, in 1992 and MSc in Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1993. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, and was previously a Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the UK. In December 2014 the US Department of Energy appointed Andrew as the Laboratory Lead Coordinator for nuclear energy research programs with the UK, and in 2017, he was appointed as the Deputy Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN).

Overview of paper

Advanced Reactor Development in the US: Evolution or Revolution?

Nuclear energy continues to provide approximately 20% of the US’s electricity, representing approximately 60% of the US’s clean electricity generation.

The benefits of having nuclear as a secure and clean electricity continue to be recognized, and options are being considered for the continued development and deployment of advanced reactor technology, especially as the current fleet begin to approach their design or even extended operating lifetime.

The talk will highlight several of the reactor technologies under development and deployment in the US today, including US national programs and the significant private investment in advanced reactors estimated to be of the order of $1.5 billion.

The talk will also highlight a number of the key mechanisms being used to accelerate innovation in nuclear in the US, and underline a number of other key US initiatives including a pending US-UK government agreement on nuclear R&D, and a series of Nuclear Grand Challenges posed by the American Nuclear Society.


Matthew Blake - keynote speaker - INEC 2018

Eur Ing Matthew Blake CEng FIMechE MNI MAPM

Matthew is a Chartered Engineer (CEng); a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Nuclear Institute and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a registered European Engineer (Eur Ing).

Matthew joined the Rolls-Royce as a professional engineer in 1992, having previously been an Offshore Exploration Drilling Engineer with BP.

Currently, Matthew is the Chief Engineer for the Rolls-Royce Future Nuclear Power Station development programmes, which he manages, based out of Derby. Previously he has held several positions in the Rolls-Royce Submarines business covering reactor design, test and operation. He has led the businesses development of the next generation nuclear propulsion plant and he has been seconded to the Ministry of Defence undertaking special programme work. Matthew has worked at multiple locations, in both the UK and overseas, engaged with and managing projects covering both reactor design and assembly and supporting civil facilities.


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