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Prospects and Challenges for the Global Nuclear Future: After Fukushima

University of Chicago
Friday, June 8, 2011

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PANEL DISCUSSION:
Robert Rosner is William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Chicago, and currently serves as the Founding Director of the University’s Harris Energy Policy Institute. He is former President of UChicago Argonne, LLC and former Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, he served as Argonne’s Chief Scientist, Chairman of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and Director of the University’s Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes. He was Rothschild Visiting Professor at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University in 2004. Rosner’s research is in the areas of plasma astrophysics and astrophysical fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics (including especially solar and stellar magnetic fields); high energy density physics; boundary mixing instabilities; combustion modeling; applications of stochastic differential equations and optimization problems; and inverse methods. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and serves as a member of its Council and as a Senior Advisor to its Global Nuclear Future Initiative. Audio | Video (9 min.)
Robert L. Gallucci is President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. From 1996 to 2009, he served as Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 1994 to 1996, he was Ambassador-at-Large with the Department of State. In March 1998, he was appointed Special Envoy by the Department of State to deal with the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He held this position, concurrent with his appointment as Dean, until January 2001. In July 1992, he was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Additional government appointments include Senior Coordinator in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, responsible for nonproliferation and nuclear safety initiatives in the former Soviet Union, and Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq. He has authored a number of publications on political-military issues, including Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis (with Joel S. Wit and Daniel Poneman, 2004), which received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award from the American Academy of Diplomacy. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. Audio | Video (12 min.)
Steven E. Miller is Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal International Security and Coeditor of the International Security Program’s book series, Belfer Center Studies in International Security (MIT Press). He was Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and taught defense and arms control studies in the Department of Political Science at MIT. He is also Cochair of the U.S. Pugwash Committee, a member of the Council of International Pugwash, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Landau Network Centro Volta (Italy), and formerly a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. He serves as cochair of the Academy’s Committee on International Security Studies and coleader of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative. Audio | Video (13 min.)
Amir Shahkarami is a registered professional engineer and has over thirty years’ experience in the energy-related industry. He is the CEO of Exelon Nuclear Partners and Nuclear Development as well as Senior VP of Exelon Generation, LLC. In this role Shahkarami is responsible for all domestic and international partnership and business development. He has held several other executive positions, including Senior VP of Technical Services of Exelon Nuclear and Braidwood Site VP. Over the past nine years at Exelon, his responsibilities have included oversight of the conduct of fuel, engineering, project management, license renewal, liaison to industry organizations, innovation and Exelon Nuclear’s international exchange program, and all aspects of safe plant operations. Shahkarami has also served as a peer or industry advisor for many plant and corporate evaluations for both the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). He has taught several courses in the areas of Risk Management, Nuclear Safety and Organizational aspect of the nuclear operation at MIT and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, 2009 American Nuclear Society Leadership Award, and the 2010 Excellence Award by WANO. Audio | Video (13 min.)
Mark Peters is the Deputy Director for Programs at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). His responsibilities include management and integration of the Laboratory’s science and technology portfolio, strategic planning, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, and technology transfer. He provides technical support to the DOE Fuel Cycle R&D (FCR&D) Program and also served as FCR&D National Technical Director for Used Fuel Disposition. Peters previously served as the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy Sciences and Engineering Directorate, where he was responsible for the management and integration of the Laboratory’s energy R&D portfolio coupled with development of new program opportunities at the Laboratory, and management of the energy-related LDRD program. Peters provided technical support to the DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) and also served as the AFCI National Campaign Director for Waste Forms. Selected to serve on a two-year detail to DOE Headquarters in Washington D.C., Peters worked as a senior technical advisor to the Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. In a prior position, Peters was with Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he served as the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) Science and Engineering Testing Project Manager. In that role, he was responsible for the technical management and integration of science and engineering testing in the laboratory and field on the YMP. Audio | Video (13 min.)

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