Lessons Learned from “Lessons Learned”: The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents


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Edward D. Blandford and Michael M. May
Global Nuclear Future

Edward D. Blandford is a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; he also serves as an adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico. His research at Stanford involves advanced nuclear reactor designs, with an emphasis on safety, security, emergency preparedness, and international safeguards. Other research interests include nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics in support of the safety of nuclear installations, probabilistic risk assessment, best-estimate code verification and validation, and material degradation management. Previously, he worked as a project manager in the Steam Generator Management Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he managed thermal hydraulics–related research and development activities.

Michael M. May is Professor Emeritus (Research) in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is former Codirector of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and is Director Emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has held a number of government advisory positions, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. May received the Distinguished Public Service and Distinguished Civilian Service Medals from the Department of Defense as well as the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the Atomic Energy Commission, among other awards. His current research interests are in nuclear security, energy, environment, and terrorism, and in the relationship between nuclear weapons and foreign policy.