The promise and potential of micro-reactors

In this webinar, David Blee of the Nuclear Industry Council and Shane Johnson of the U.S. Department of Energy lead a dynamic discussion with a panel of distinguished experts providing insights into the paradigm-shifting potential of innovative designs, new and exciting uses, and the timeline to deployment of microreactors.

Giulia Bisconti
Giulia R. Bisconti
Senior Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
  • Senior Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy The NICE Future Initiative, Lead Countries Team Member
David Blee
David Blee
President and Chief Executive Officer
United States Nuclear Industry Council
  • Appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee in 2018. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a fourth term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee in 2019
R. Shane Johnson
R. Shane Johnson
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Advanced Reactor Deployment, Office of Nuclear Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
  • Responsible for NE’s light water reactor programs
  • Responsible for NE’s advanced reactor development activities, including microreactors

R. Shane Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) where he is responsible for NE’s light water reactor programs focused on the technical and economic sustainability of the existing US fleet of commercial reactors and the development and deployment of small modular reactors; NE’s advanced reactor development activities, including microreactors; NE’s competitive R&D and infrastructure investment programs; and the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative. Before his current assignment, Johnson served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation and spent more than seven years as NE’s Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to leading NE’s reactor development activities, Johnson is also responsible for NE’s nationally recognized Nuclear Energy University Programs, which have resulted in more $500 million in competitively awarded R&D, infrastructure and scholarship/fellowship investments to the nation’s universities over the last 10 years. In addition, Johnson has been instrumental in the development of critical R&D capabilities necessary to support the development of innovative nuclear energy technologies, including the establishment and expansion of the Idaho National Laboratory-led Nuclear Science User Facilities program and the high performance computing-based Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program. Previously, Johnson lead the Energy Department’s high impact Nuclear Power 2010 program, which resulted in the design finalization, licensing approval and start of construction of the first four new commercial nuclear power plants in the United States in over 30 years.

Johnson has over 30 years of management and engineering experience in both government and private industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer. Johnson is a 2018 inductee into North Carolina State University’s Nuclear Engineering Hall of Fame, where he was recognized for his consistent and sustained leadership in advancing nuclear energy technologies. Johnson was a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for which he recognized for his exceptional leadership, long-term accomplishments and consistent demonstration of strength, integrity, industry and commitment to excellence in public service.

Jeff Merrifield
Jeff Merrifield
Partner and Energy Section Leader
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Former presidential appointee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who identifies strategic and legal solutions for major energy and environmental issues
Christina Back
Christina A. Back
Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials
General Atomics
  • Internationally recognized expert in both fission and fusion energy research
  • Over 25 years of experience leading research in private industry and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories
Shannon Quinn
Shannon Quinn
Vice President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • Responsible for overseeing the performance of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' (CNL’s) nuclear science and technology (S&T) projects and programs for the Government of Canada, as well as commercial S&T projects and programs for third-party customers.
  • Provides strategic support to ensure that federal objectives are met with respect to nuclear S&T capabilities, projects and performance

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