NEIK had the honor of interviewing Nobuo Tanaka, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Mr. Tanaka spoke about the challenges of energy security worldwide, the future of global nuclear power, and the imperative of international collaboration on advanced nuclear reactor R&D.
NEIK interviewed Craig Piercy, Washington Representative of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Chair of the ANS Special Committee on American Nuclear Engagement. The interview broached upon a number of pertinent topics, including the state of the US nuclear industry in the era of shale gas, the importance of nuclear power in mitigating carbon emissions, and the role of the US in an evolving civil nuclear world.
NEIK had the privilege of speaking with Gail Marcus, former Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), former President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), former Principal Deputy Director of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology, and the first woman to receive a PhD in nuclear engineering in the US. Dr. Marcus offered her perspectives on the role of nuclear energy, nuclear regulatory issues, and future developments in nuclear power technologies.
spoke with Amir Shahkarami, Senior Vice President of Exelon Generation
Company and CEO of Exelon Nuclear Partners. During his interview, Mr.
Shahkarami drew upon his extensive experience in the nuclear industry
and spoke on various issues, including nuclear safety culture,
operational excellence, and international collaboration in civil nuclear
NEIK had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Spencer, Director of the Roe Institute at the Heritage Foundation, where he oversees research on a wide range of domestic economic issues, including federal spending, energy and environment, and regulation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Spencer specialized in nuclear energy issues both domestically and internationally, frequently writing on such topics as waste management, next generation technologies, and industry subsidies.
NEIK interviews Takuya Hattori, President of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF) and President of the JAIF International Cooperation Center. As President of JAIF, Mr. Hattori spearheads efforts to promote the safe and peaceful utilization of nuclear energy in Japan and cooperation with nuclear energy organizations overseas.
NEIK speaks with Dr. Joonhong Ahn, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Ahn received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1988, and currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in nuclear waste management.
Alan Ahn of NEIK speaks with Mr. Daniel Lipman, Senior Vice President of Westinghouse Electric Company. Previously, Mr. Lipman served as Senior Vice President, Nuclear Power Plants responsible for managing the global deployment of new reactors, as well as President of Westinghouse Asia, in which he was responsible for China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Alan Ahn of NEIK speaks with Professor Allison MacFarlane, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in Virginia. Professor MacFarlane was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which studied and reported on issues of spent nuclear fuel in the United States.
NEIK speaks with Dr. Chang Seon-hung, President of the Korean Nuclear Society. Dr. Chang discusses Korea's plans for the future of nuclear energy development and nuclear safety, including its education initiatives to expand knowledge of nuclear safety to other countries.
For a written TRANSCRIPT of the interview, see below.