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Understanding Tomorrow's Nuclear Energy Lecture Series

Purdue University and Duke Energy are jointly exploring the feasibility of using advanced nuclear energy to meet the West Lafayette campus long-term energy needs. The Understanding Tomorrow’s Nuclear Energy lecture series ran from August 2022 through February 2023 and was designed for all audiences from industry experts to community members. Links to lecture summaries and videos are available below. 

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Chris Nolan

Feb. 22, 2023 - Implementing Advanced Nuclear Technology Panel Discussion

3:30-4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Moderated by Chris Nolan, vice president, new nuclear generation strategy and regulatory engagement for Duke Energy

Purdue University and Duke Energy will close the “Understanding Tomorrow’s Nuclear Energy” lecture series with a panel discussion on “Implementing Advanced Nuclear Technology” featuring industry experts' thoughts on policy, technical, commercial and other requirements to make the use of small modular reactors a reality

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Dr. Kathryn D. Huff

Jan. 18, 2023 - Nuclear Power in 2050

3:30-4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Presented by Dr. Kathryn D. Huff, assistant secretary for nuclear energy in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy


Learn about a potential vision for the future of nuclear power globally and what the Office of Nuclear Energy is doing today to bring that vision into reality by 2050.


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Dr. Richard Lester

Nov. 30, 2022 - Tough Tech’ for Climate: Innovation Challenges, University Responsibilities, and Some Comments on the Nuclear Role

3:30-5 p.m. at Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Presented by Dr. Richard K. Lester, associate provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Learn how responding effectively to the global climate challenge will require the rapid deployment of tools and technologies we have now and will also require inventing, developing, and deploying tools and technologies not yet in hand.


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Director-General William D. Magwood, IV

Oct. 24, 2022 - The 21st Century Nuclear Resurgence: Opportunities and Challenges

3:30-4:30 p.m. at Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Presented by Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency


Learn about the factors and considerations that have led to a surge in interest in nuclear energy around the world the likes of which have not been seen since the beginning of the nuclear energy era more than 60 years ago.


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Maria Korsnick

Oct. 5, 2022 - A New Landscape for New Nuclear

3:30-4:30 p.m. at Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Presented by Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute


World leaders across the political spectrum are recognizing that adding reliable, scalable, carbon-free nuclear energy generation is crucial to addressing climate and energy security needs. As demand for the technology grows, nuclear is now on the same playing field as other carbon-free sources like wind and solar—ready to reduce emissions and support the clean energy grid of the future.


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Dr. Arden Bement

Aug. 30, 2022 - A New Landscape for New Nuclear

4-5 p.m. at Stewart Center Fowler Hall

Presented by Dr. Arden Bement, David A. Ross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering


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.


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