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.

 

 

Ian Scott

Ian Scott, President, Moltex Energy Ltd.

Ian went to Cambridge University to study nuclear physics but was seduced during his first year by the excitement of the biological sciences and made his career in that field. He became Chief Scientist for Unilever plc. with global leadership in the biological sciences, before founding and for 10 years running a drug discovery start-up.

In 2012 he became bemused by how nuclear energy had gone from being "too cheap to meter" to unaffordably expensive and determined to try to remedy that flaw. He sees cheap nuclear power as essential to have a realistic chance of reversing climate change.

He established Moltex Energy Ltd. in 2014 in partnership with John Durham, with the aim to commercialise the breakthrough in reactor design that underpins the Stable Salt Reactors, technology with the potential to put coal and gas electricity generation out of business by simply being a cheaper source of electricity.


 

Stephen Mezyk 

Dr Stephen Mezyk, Professor, Physical and Environmental Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach

Stephen Mezyk is a Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University at Long Beach with over 30 years of research studying radiation-induced chemistry.

He presently has over 180 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 50 invited talks, and has over 300 conference presentations by himself and his research students.

His current research is focused on recycling nuclear waste, for which he has received more than 8 million dollars of funding, both at his institution and at various Department of Energy National Laboratories in the United States.

 

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