Nuclear Energy – Friend or Foe?

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room  { MAP } Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

PAST PROGRAM

GUEST SPEAKER:

James W. Bray

Chief Scientist
GE Global Research

Nuclear energy is part of our daily lives as a portion of the electricity we use and as a recurrent warfare threat influencing world politics. It offers the promise of an inexhaustible energy source for our use in the future. But has nuclear gotten a bad rap as a result of highly publicized accidents such has Chernobyl and Fukushima? Can public concerns be assuaged by safer reactor designs and operating procedures? Can concerns about long term storage of reactor waste be satisfactorily addressed? And could nuclear be a renewable energy via use of breeder reactors? This lecture will review all of these aspects of nuclear energy.

James W. Bray, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, attended Georgia Institute of Technology and was graduated with a BS in physics. He received an MS and PhD in physics from the University of Illinois. He joined General Electric Global Research after graduation in 1974 and continues to work and consult there on several projects, with the largest at present being the wind superconducting generator project. Additionally, he teaches several courses and is a Tagger for export compliance. He has earned several honors and awards, including the Coolidge Fellowship (2008), GE’s highest award for achievement in R&D, Fellow of APS (2019), and the George E. Pake Prize, APS (2020).