Science Seminar: Nuclear Matters by Dr. Shivaji Seth

All students, staff and faculty are cordially invited to a Science Seminar Wednesday, March 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum on the Annandale Campus. Dr. Shivaji Seth will present “Nuclear Matters: Can Nuclear Energy Be the Front Line of Defense Against Climate Change?” Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker will be from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE Forum.

The world is at a critical juncture, facing the dual challenges of providing sustainable, secure energy supply and reducing carbon emissions that impact the environment and climate. In spite of its sustained contribution toward 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 to see a possible path forward.

Seth has 50 years of diversified experiences in the nuclear engineering and safety fields 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 more than 20 years. Prior to his retirement in 2013, Seth was senior technical advisor for nuclear safety at the Department of Energy for 16 years, first at its largest nuclear site in Washington state and later at headquarters in Washington, D.C. Presently, he provides consulting and training in the nuclear field.

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 earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an emeritus member of the American Nuclear Society.

The event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division; and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus.

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