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A summary of the discussion that took place at the NuClean Kick-Off Workshop. ...

A summary of the discussion that took place at the NuClean Kick-Off Workshop.

The NuClean Kick-Off workshop was held on Nov. 7, 2013 at the Handlery Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, CA, co-located with the AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting.

For more information on NuClean, visit: http://www.aiche.org/cei/conferences/nuclean-workshop/2013.

For more information on AIChE's Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI), visit: http://www.aiche.org/cei.

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    • Summary from Workshop Discussion NuClean Workshop Nov. 7, 2013
    • Discussion • • • • • • Summary of Panels by moderators Where are the gaps and needs? What is the role and focus of NuClean? Who should participate? How to organize NuClean? How to move forward?
    • Gaps and Needs Government: Direction and $$ R&D Best Practices Engineering Practice Communities Biggest need lies in the connectors between boxes: management, communication, info flow “Problems are often solved at interfaces”
    • Big Take-Aways • Without input from all stakeholders, technological solutions to the nuclear waste problems are not solutions at all if they do not account for social needs and/or the public does not believe they will solve the problem. • Engineers, scientists and other professionals know how to work inside the boxes, but they are less engaged on how to work between them; the greatest need is at the interfaces between the boxes: in the effective flow of information, communications, and appreciation of public perception of risk and of social impacts. This requires working with social scientists, public policy developers, epidemiologists, communities, etc.
    • Gaps and Needs • Advisory Role: Trusted information source to federal, state, and local governments, Tribal communities on nuclear waste actions as well as nuclear waste management inefficiencies; address public concerns by assembling key team of experts to engage community members, address risk concerns, assemble information, answer questions, facilitate paths to action. • R&D support through a center of knowledge which engages all stakeholders: Information clearinghouse/ data repository / white papers (knowledge management) • Education: help develop / share curriculum materials which incorporate nuclear issues and provide chemical engineering and sustainability perspectives
    • Specific Gaps and Needs Given the Lack of Education / declining workforce/ nuclear waste issues that exist and persists but are not being effectively resolved: • Education of chemical engineering students in nuclear applications, professionals, stakeholders; need for knowledgeable workforce; development of case studies in nuclear waste management for ChemEs, etc. • Educational resource for internships in these areas: development of programs or linking to existing programs; AIChE WISE program… • Educate the public; educate the science and engineering workforce to work with the public in communicating risk and work with with social scientists and health professionals. • Develop R&D programs; influence Congress and Agencies to allocate $$ for this (DOE NE R&D grants). Can use AIChE’s Public Affairs and Information Committee.
    • Comments • Can discussions about a ‘clean’ nuclear fuel cycle be considered neutral? Probably not • Faculty and government/industrial researchers don’t typically see the nuclear industry as relevant to chemical engineering • Process safety not covered as part of nuclear engineering education; it is a key issue that is core to AIChE’s strength • Application within AIChE of its best core activities: CCPS and IfS, applying Chemical Process Safety and Sustainability to nuclear issues; chemical processing is core ChemE expertise. • Inefficient/ineffective waste management practices • Intersection between ChemE and NuclearE: waste management, process safety, hazards management, containment, worker protection
    • Comments • Chemical Engineering Education: integrate nuclear applications into the curriculum; utilize case studies regarding nuclear applications throughout the curriculum. Make processing of nuclear materials a recurring theme in AIChE student design competition. • How to attract grads to these jobs? What is the market pull? • Address complexity of management issues regarding national labs, DOE oversight, flow of information to communities. • Long term ‘clean’ nuclear: “big, hairy, audacious vision”
    • Workshop or Niche Conference 2014 • • • • Conference with registration fee?? Call for papers/presentations Seek partial or total sponsorships Outline the mission and strategies for developing a center of excellence
    • Potential Work Products • Advisory function to communities / forums for exploring issues from multiple sides • Data collection / information dissemination • Design guidelines • White papers geared to all stakeholders
    • Funding • • • • • • Grants from DOE? Gates Foundation Sloan Foundation NSF AIChE Foundation Workshop funding through foundations, agencies, universities, and/or sponsors
    • Steering Committee and Conference Planning Committee • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Beth Beloff* – Beth Beloff & Associates Richard V. Calabrese* – AIChE NAMF; University of Maryland Stuart T Arm* – AIChE NED; Washington River Protection Solutions Vasilios Manousiouthakis* – AIChE ED; UCLA Supathorn ‘Supy’ Phongikaroon* – VA Commonwealth University Chris Whipple – Environ* David S Kosson – Vanderbilt University, CRESP Tianxing Cai – Lamar University David Brown – BHR Group Stephen Garrison – SRNL John Olson – Bechtel National Stephen Paglieri – TDA Research Maqbool “Mac” Qadir – Enpro Solutions, Inc. Others from social sciences, epidemiology, public policy… * Steering Committee
    • Next Steps • Summarize workshop • Review Steering Committee volunteers and develop leadership team • Clarify direction identified at workshop • Redefine mission, vision and objectives • Set meetings and agenda for Steering Committee and Conference Planning Committee 2014 • Set up NuClean website and post presentations