Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Southeast Community College, Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center
301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln, NE
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The Forum will highlight the role advanced nuclear generation has in delivering reliable, carbon free energy to Nebraskans.
The Nebraska Advanced Nuclear Energy Forum will provide an opportunity for members of the public and the electric industry to learn more about the advancements in nuclear electric generation. Industry representatives will discuss a variety of
advanced technologies, including small modular nuclear, next generation nuclear and micro nuclear generation, as well as advancements in waste management.
As many utilities strive to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions, nuclear energy is poised to provide the foundation for a carbon-free energy future to meet the needs of the ever-growing electricity demand by consumers.
Friday, October 22
Post Conference Tour of NPPD Cooper Nuclear Station—Departure Location TBD
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Heather Feldman,Director of Innovation, EPRI
Heather Feldman is the Director of Innovation in the Nuclear Sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She leads a team that conducts applied R&D to overcome barriers for modernizing and maximizing the utilization of the existing nuclear fleet and for deploying advanced reactors. She is leading EPRI’s initiative on Artificial Intelligence.
Prior to her current role, Feldman was the Director of Plant Support and led an expert team who develop new or enhanced technologies and processes for inspection and repair, aging management and flexible operations of nuclear power plants. She previously led and managed the Engineering Programs area and worked in the Steam Generator Management Program and the Office of Innovation.
Before joining EPRI, Feldman worked for United Space Alliance, where she coordinated systems engineering and integration work in the thermal area of the Space Shuttle Program. Her work contributed to the successful Return-to-Flight mission after the Columbia accident.
Feldman holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Doctorate in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. She is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
Jack Boshoven, Manager, Site
Engineering, Orano TNJack Boshoven is the Manager of Site Engineering at Orano TN, a subsidiary
focused on Back End activities
within Orano USA, part of the global Orano Group.
With 35 years of experience in nuclear energy design, licensing, construction, and fabrication, Mr. Boshoven is a
primary resource for creatively resolving engineering, licensing and fabrication challenges for used nuclear fuel
storage and transportation systems.
He has 30 years of direct experience in the areas of storage and transport for used nuclear fuel, radioactive
materials and decommissioning waste.
In addition to his manager role with Orano TN, Mr. Boshoven also is the Chief Engineer of Consolidated Interim
Storage Facility (CISF) Licensing and Design for Interim Storage Partners (ISP). ISP is a joint venture between
Waste Control Specialists and Orano CIS, an Orano USA subsidiary, formed to design, license, construct, and operate
the CISF. In this capacity, he is responsible for the design, including licensing, and operation of the CISF. Mr.
Boshoven is responsible for all design control and configuration management activities associated with the
facility’s structures, systems and components considered important-to-safety (ITS). During the post-licensing phase,
his responsibilities at the CISF will include facility construction, maintaining the license, and overall operations
Mr. Boshoven has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the
University of Michigan.
Senator Bruce Bostelman, Legislative
District #23Senator Bruce Bostelman was elected to Legislative District 23 in 2016 and re-elected
in 2020. He served in the United States Air Force from 1980-2000 as a security specialist and paralegal and is
currently a farmer. Bostelman’s
committee assignments include: Committee On Committees; Natural Resources; Transportation and Telecommunications;
and Rural Broadband Task Force. While in the Air Force, he was a finalist for the Team Leader USAF Chief of Staff
Team Excellence Award
and received the AFMC Steve Swigonski Paralegal of the Year, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious
Senator Tom Brewer, Legislative District
#43Senator Tom Brewer was elected to Legislative District 43 in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. He
was in the U.S. Army from 1977-2014 as a helicopter pilot. His honors and awards include the Secretary of Defense
Medal for the Defense
of Freedom, Purple Heart (twice) and Bronze Star. Brewer’s committee assignments include: Agriculture; General
Affairs; Government; Military and Veterans Affairs; State-Tribal Relations; and Redistricting. He is a member of the
American Legion, VFW
and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Cheryl Collins, Director of Sales, NuScale
has 27 years’ experience in the power generation industry having joined NuScale Power in 2018 as the director of
sales & business development and is responsible for establishing a NuScale Power business presence in the United
States and global countries.
Collins previously served as the Director of Fuel Cycle Business Development for Westinghouse Electric Company.
In this role, she was responsible for strategic direction and growth in the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle,
working with domestic and international private and government entities on matters involving procurement, leasing,
recycle, and processing of nuclear fuel and related service products. Collins also served in various
management roles in her 15 year tenure at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Global Nuclear Fuel, including manufacturing
operations, customer account leader, marketing leader, and vice president of uranium management services.
Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Jacob DeWitte, Co-Founder and CEO, Oklo
Inc.Dr. Jacob DeWitte is the co-founder and CEO of Oklo Inc., a Sunnyvale, CA, based company
developing advanced reactors. Jacob has experience working on a variety of advanced reactor designs, including
sodium fast reactors, molten
salt reactors and next-generation PWRs, as well as nuclear fuel cycle technology development and analysis. He also
worked with experimental irradiation testing facilities. Jacob is originally from Albuquerque, NM. He earned his BS
in nuclear engineering
from the University of Florida and his SM and PhD in nuclear engineering at MIT.
Alan Dostal, Retired, Nebraska Public Power
District (NPPD) Nuclear ProgramAlan L. Dostal is the retired Corporate Nuclear Business manager
and more recently the Director of Research for Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). He has been employed by NPPD
for 42 years and was responsible for the certain planning, budgeting,
contracting, financing, and other corporate nuclear related activities. In addition to this role, he was responsible
for leading NPPD’s Domestic Energy Research and Application initiative. One of the key elements of this initiative
was the establishment
of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Mr. Dostal also was
NPPD’s management sponsor for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) engagement.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Mr.
Dostal joined NPPD in March 1979 as a Generation Engineering Scheduler in the Power Projects Division. His nuclear
power career began in
1986 when he became Nuclear Planning Supervisor for Cooper Nuclear Station. After earning his Masters Degree in
Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 1989, he became manager of nuclear planning and
budgeting in 1990.
He assumed his nuclear management responsibilities in 2002 and was assigned responsibility for the Domestic Energy
Research and Application Initiative in September 2005. He continues to provide support to District management on
relevant industry topics.
Dr. John Jackson, Microreactor Program
National Technical Director, U.S. Department of
Energy-NebraskaDr. John H. Jackson is a distinguished staff scientist/engineer at the Idaho
National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is the National Technical Director for the DOE Office of
Nuclear Energy’s Microreactor
Program which is focused on supporting development and deployment of rapidly evolving microreactor
technology. He most recently served as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Technical
Interface where he ensured that the nuclear
industry had facilitated and appropriate access to DOE national laboratory capability. Prior to this, John was
the Industry Program Lead for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) with a focus on characterization of
irradiated fuels and materials. In
these capacities, John has worked closely with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry to ensure
that DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable innovation. John
has more than 20
years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics. He also has more than three
years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the ExxonMobil
Upstream Research Company
in Houston, Texas. John holds Ph.D. (2001) and MS (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of Washington, Seattle, WA, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1995) from Central Washington
University in Ellensburg,
David Madcharo, Program Director Energy
Generation Operations, Southeast Community College (SCC), NANF Planning Committee MemberDavid
Madcharo is the Program Director
for Energy Generation Operations at Southeast Community College. He has been with the college for 10 years and
has helped develop the Energy program since its inception. His prior positions include
quality assurance in nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging equipment and control electronics manufacturing. He
holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA in Sustainability from Case Western
Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Decommissioning and Used
Fuel, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)Rod McCullum has been working on regulatory issues at NEI
since 1998. He has 35 years of nuclear engineering, licensing, management and regulatory policy experience.
Currently, at NEI, he leads industry
efforts to reduce business risks associated with used nuclear fuel management, commercial nuclear power plant
decommissioning, and emergent material degradation issues by directing broad scope technical and regulatory
programs. He held prior positions
in Government (with the Department of Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear power plants). He has a
Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and a Master of Business
Administration degree (Lewis
Michael Melton, Business Development Manager,
X-EnergyMichael Melton is currently the Business Development Manager at X-energy. Mike started
his career in nuclear power at the Palo Verde Generating Station as a Metallurgical Engineer, through final
construction, start-up and then operations. Mike’s focus has been on materials, welding and non-destructive testing.
He led several industry committees to resolve generic materials related issues, turning that leadership into an
industry position at the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Mike has grown his leadership into new plant licensing, leading two successful 10CFR part 52 design certification
approval and final safety evaluations, including the latest Small Modular Reactor approval. Mike’s career includes
business development, where he is now helping to lead X-energy’s advanced reactor SMR business development work in
Marc Nichol, Senior Director, New Reactors, Nuclear Energy
InstituteMarc Nichol joined Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2011 and is the Senior Director of
New Reactors. In this role, he leads industry’s efforts to improve the regulatory, policy and business environment
for new reactors.
Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, and Toshiba in the areas of used nuclear fuel management, operations and
new plant projects.
Senator Julie Slama, Legislative District
#1Senator Julie Slama was appointed to serve Legislative District 1 on January 9, 2019 and was
elected to the seat in 2020. Upon taking office, she became the youngest female in Nebraska history to serve in the
senate at the age of
22. She graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2018 and is currently attending the
University of Nebraska College of Law. Slama’s committee assignments include: Banking, Commerce and Insurance;
Judiciary; and Nebraska
Retirement Systems. She was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, the 2019 Young Republican Legislator of the
Year and was Nebraska’s delegate in 2013 to the American Legion Girls Nation.
Nick TouranDr. Nick Touran is
the Manager of Digital
Engineering at TerraPower where he has worked on advanced reactor development programs since 2009. He specializes in
fast-neutron reactor physics and core design, and is the original architect of TerraPower’s reactor analysis
platform. His research interests include the deployment of economical nuclear power, multi-objective optimization,
fuel cycle analysis, data-centric engineering processes, and reactor development history. He has been featured on
NPR's Science Friday, and runs the independent public education website whatisnuclear.com. He holds a BSE, a MSE,
and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in nuclear engineering and is a licensed PE in the state of Washington.
Dan Buman, Director of Nuclear Oversight &
Strategic Asset Management
Cooper Nuclear Station, NANF Planning Committee MemberDaniel E. Buman is the Director of Nuclear
Oversight & Strategic Asset
Management for Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Cooper Nuclear Station. He graduated from University of
Nebraska in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in Business
Administration in 2011.
He started his career at Cooper Nuclear Station on June 1, 1987, achieving 30+ years of nuclear experience. Dan has
served the District in multiple positions most recently as the Director of Nuclear Asset Management, the Director of
Nuclear Safety Assurance, and the Director of Engineering at the Site in Brownville, Nebraska. Prior to that he
served as the System Engineering Manager, Design Engineering Manager, Programs Engineering Manager, USAR Re-baseline
Project Manager, Regulatory Affairs, NSSS System Engineering Supervisor and Design Engineer.
Dan serves as a Director on the Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union and Concordia University Seward Foundation
Board. Dan and his wife Melissa live in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Joseph Gasper, PhD, MBADr.
Joseph worked with Omaha Public
Power District (OPPD) from 1974-2010 in engineering, licensing, project, and training management positions. He was
with International Atomic Energy Agency Consultancies from 1997-2000 and was an consultant to OPPD from 2011 to
Steve Gebers, Certified Health Physicist
Steve Gebers started his nuclear career in 1976 at Cooper Nuclear, later attended college at the University of Kansas
and University of Nebraska Omaha. He worked in the radiation safety office at the University of Kansas supporting
their research reactor
and material use research. He moved to Omaha in 1983 and continued his radiation protection career at Fort Calhoun
Nuclear. He became a Certified Health Physicist in 1992 and served as a Radiation Protection Manager, then completed
training as a Senior
Reactor Operator, and went to become a Work Week Manager, and Emergency Planning Manager. He retired from the Omaha
Public Power District and is a consultant in radiation protection.
Kristen Gotschalk, Government
Relations and Advocacy Specialist, NANF Planning Committee CoordinatorKristen is a long-time
government relations specialist with extensive experience in the electric industry. A wildlife biologist by training
and a lobbyist by accident, Kristen has more than 30 years of government relations and grassroots advocacy
Dr. Bruce Letellier, Nuclear Services
Division Manager and as Chief Scientist for Serco North America’s Maritime Engineering, Technology &
GroupDr. Bruce Letellier holds degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University and
presently serves as Nuclear Services Division Manager and as Chief Scientist for Serco North America’s Maritime
Engineering, Technology & Sustainment Group. His transition to the public sector follows a 23-year career at Los
Alamos National Laboratory as a member of the probabilistic risk analysis team where he performed
accident-phenomenology and health-consequence modeling for nuclear facilities and nuclear weapon systems across the
DOE complex. Dr. Letellier has served the nuclear power community for the past 25 years, performing basic research,
developing regulatory guidance and analyzing plant safety conditions related to post-LOCA emergency core cooling
recirculation. His contributions include managing and performing research in debris generation and transport,
aluminum corrosion, post-LOCA chemistry, computational fluid dynamic simulation, and strainer performance testing.
While participating in industry-lead risk-informed regulation initiatives, Dr. Letellier developed the CASA Grande
software analysis suite to perform Bayesian uncertainty propagation on plant-system LOCA response, including
operator actions, calculating the probability and associated confidence of sump strainer failure for use as a
regulatory risk evaluation metric.
Sarah Sullivan, SCC Energy
Generation Operations Program Student Sarah Sullivan is a second-year student at Southeast
Community College in the Energy Generation Operations program with a nuclear focus. After she graduates in the
spring, she plans on seeking employment
in the industry as she continues her education online towards an engineering degree.
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