Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors

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Please join us for the first Section meeting of the fall session on Thursday, September 19!  We are meeting at the Wig & Pen Pizza Pub in Ankeny for dinner and a presentation by John Hawkinson.


Fifteen years ago, with natural gas prices going through the roof, the U.S. nuclear power industry was poised to resume building numerous large (gigawatt-sized) reactors again.  Ultimately, all but two of those reactors were delayed or cancelled outright.

Out of the wreckage of the “second nuclear renaissance”, old concepts of going with smaller, lighter, more agile, modular nuclear reactors have re-emerged.

Come join us as our Section’s resident nuclear engineer explores the world of SMRs (small modular reactors). 

SAVE THE DATE:

Thursday, November 14 – Annual Meeting and Dinner will held at MainFrame Studio in Des Moines

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Monday, October 28 – DMACC-Ankeny STEM Festival.  We will be demonstrating Squishy Circuits to 3rd through 8th graders.  If you would like to help with this event, please drop a note to John Armstrong, jarmstrong@ieee.org.

CONFERENCE:

November 12, 13, and 14 – Minnesota Power Systems Conference.  For more information, see the following link:

https://ccaps.umn.edu/minnesota-power-systems-conference



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  • 2005 S Ankeny Blvd #300
  • Ankeny, Iowa
  • United States 50023
  • Building: Wig & Pen Pizza Pub

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  • Co-sponsored by Power and Energy Society Central Iowa Chapter
  • Starts 09 September 2019 04:00 PM
  • Ends 19 September 2019 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: Order from menu
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  Speakers

John Hawkinson

Topic:

Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors

Fifteen years ago, with natural gas prices going through the roof, the U.S. nuclear power industry was poised to resume building numerous large (gigawatt-sized) reactors again.  Ultimately, all but two of those reactors were delayed or cancelled outright.

Out of the wreckage of the “second nuclear renaissance”, old concepts of going with smaller, lighter, more agile, modular nuclear reactors have re-emerged.

Biography:

John Hawkinson is a certified health physicist (CHP) with a master’s degree in health physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He later had the distinction of being the final graduate student in nuclear engineering from Iowa State, earning his second master’s degree.

After a stint working as a computer programmer, Mr. Hawkinson worked on nuclear facility cleanup projects at old Department of Energy sites and on licensing applications for new nuclear power plants.  His most recent work involved “Fukushima retrofit” analysis projects for current U.S. nuclear power plant sites.

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Agenda

6:00 PM – Gathering and Networking
6:30 PM – Dinner - everyone will order from the menu
7:00 PM – Presentation



Registration is not required for this meeting but is requested to help plan the event.  Please click the orange Register Now button above to register.