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Clean Nuclear Energy: Past, Present and Future

Understanding Tomorrow's Nuclear Energy lecture series

Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m.
Stewart Center Fowler Hall
Presented by Dr. Arden Bement, David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering

Registration Required

The first installment of Understanding Tomorrow’s Nuclear Energy — a lecture series sponsored by Purdue University and Duke Energy — will provide an overview of nuclear reactor technologies. Follow along from their first uses in submarines in the 1950s to the growth of nuclear power plants from 1980-2000 to how small modular reactors could be used in the near future to provide safe, renewable energy to power electrical grids, a university or even a remote village. Learn about the rigorous approval process for nuclear reactors, their safety systems and the evolution of reactor technology.

More about Dr. Arden Bement

Dr. Bement was the National Science Foundation Director from 2004 to 2010.

Adren Bement headshot

In addition to having served as the head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, Dr. Bement held appointments in the schools of Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Krannert School of Management.

He has earned numerous awards; served in diverse government roles, including the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); served as a member of the NIST National Research Council, Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee, and the Commercialization and Technology Advisory Committee for NASA. He has consulted for the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

Dr. Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Idaho, a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary Ph.D. from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense.