NOVA Science Seminar: Nuclear energy

All Students, Staff and Faculty are cordially invited to a Science Seminar

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, CE Forum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

12 noon – 1pm

Title:  “Nuclear Matters: Can nuclear energy be the front line of defense against climate change?”

By: Dr. Shivaji Seth, Sc.D

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Light Refreshments and “Meet & Greet the Speaker” in the CE Forum

Abstract: The world is at a critical juncture, facing the dual challenges of providing sustainable, secure energy supply and reducing carbon emissions that impact our environment and climate.  In spite of its sustained contribution towards electricity production, nuclear technology remains underutilized and controversial.  Much of the public is uneasy about all matters nuclear, raising concerns about safety, cost, waste, and proliferation.  To what extent could renewable energy sources address energy demands?  Could and should nuclear energy play any greater role in meeting our challenges?  This presentation will provide a basis to think about these key questions, to understand key national and international developments, and perhaps, to see a path forward.

Dr. Seth has fifty years of well diversified experience in the nuclear engineering and safety field, which includes work in national research institutions, nuclear industry, and the government.  He served in senior advisory capacity for three U.S. government agencies for over twenty years.  Prior to his retirement in 2013, Dr. Seth was Senior Technical Advisor for Nuclear Safety at the Department of Energy for sixteen years, first at its largest nuclear site (Hanford in Washington State), and subsequently, at the Headquarters in Washington, District of Columbia.  Presently, he provides consulting and training in the nuclear field.

Dr. Seth has contributed extensively to the design, analysis, and safety of civilian nuclear reactors and defense nuclear facilities, including the development of regulatory safety standards.  He has authored numerous technical publications and papers at national and international conferences.  He is an emeritus member of the American Nuclear Society.  Dr. Seth earned his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA.

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