Leadership Speaker Series
Providing a forum for global leaders to present policies and platforms that shape the sciences of nuclear, plasma and radiological disciplines is part of NPRE’s mission.
The Leadership Speaker Series, an effort of NPRE and its sponsoring alumni group, the Constituent Alumni and Industry Advisory Board, was created to help accomplish that goal, and carry impact across the University of Illinois and beyond. This also fits with the major initiative on Campus to develop strong leadership in the areas of Sustainable Energy and Environment through a Campus Institute of that name.
Featured Speaker: Mr. John F. Kotek
"The Outlook for Nuclear Energy in the U.S."
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Abstract: This talk explores the situation for today’s reactors, prospects for new construction, international market opportunities, and the path forward for innovative nuclear technologies.
Mr. John Kotek, Vice President for Policy Development and Public Affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute; Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy, Obama Administration. Winner of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois.
Featured Speaker: Panel of experts
"Nuclear Power: What it means in Illinois"
October, 18, 2016
Abstract: A panel of local, state and national policy makers and experts discuss the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power in Illinois. Also, read the special report.
Featured Speaker: Mr. William D. Magwood, IV
"Looking Forward: Nuclear Energy Issues and Opportunities"
September 3, 2015
Abstract: This talk provides insights into the NEA (Nuclear Energy Agency), current joint projects and programs, and the vision for the future of nuclear energy, world-wide.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Peter B. Lyons
"The Role of Nuclear Energy in the United States"
November 20, 2014
Abstract: This talk discusses the recent history of the US nuclear fleet; the connection (past and present) of US nuclear energy and national security; the budget of the Office of Nuclear Energy and where taxpayer money goes; recent loan guarantee announcements; the status of the office's Small Modular Reactor licensing technical support program; early retirements of nuclear plants and the carbon implications; and a review of plants currently under construction around the country.