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
Early Registration (by August 21): $125
Regular Registration (after August 21): $150
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 - The tour is full.
All sponsorships will need to be received by Aug. 30 for marketing space to be included into the
event magazine and logo placement on forum gifts.
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
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
storage and transportation systems.
He has 30 years of direct experience in the areas of storage and transport for used nuclear fuel,
materials and decommissioning waste.
In addition to his manager role with Orano TN, Mr. Boshoven also is the Chief Engineer of Consolidated
Storage Facility (CISF) Licensing and Design for Interim Storage Partners (ISP). ISP is a joint venture
Waste Control Specialists and Orano CIS, an Orano USA subsidiary, formed to design, license, construct,
the CISF. In this capacity, he is responsible for the design, including licensing, and operation of the
Boshoven is responsible for all design control and configuration management activities associated with
facility’s structures, systems and components considered important-to-safety (ITS). During the
his responsibilities at the CISF will include facility construction, maintaining the license, and
Mr. Boshoven has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from
University of Michigan.
Senator Bruce Bostelman,
District #23Senator Bruce Bostelman was elected to Legislative District 23 in 2016
in 2020. He served in the United States Air Force from 1980-2000 as a security specialist and paralegal
currently a farmer. Bostelman’s
committee assignments include: Committee On Committees; Natural Resources; Transportation and
and Rural Broadband Task Force. While in the Air Force, he was a finalist for the Team Leader USAF Chief
Team Excellence Award
and received the AFMC Steve Swigonski Paralegal of the Year, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and
Senator Tom Brewer, Legislative
#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
Medal for the Defense
of Freedom, Purple Heart (twice) and Bronze Star. Brewer’s committee assignments include: Agriculture;
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
has 27 years’ experience in the power generation industry having joined NuScale Power in 2018 as the
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
In this role, she was responsible for strategic direction and growth in the front end of the nuclear
working with domestic and international private and government entities on matters involving
recycle, and processing of nuclear fuel and related service products. Collins also served in
management roles in her 15 year tenure at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Global Nuclear Fuel, including
operations, customer account leader, marketing leader, and vice president of uranium management
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
developing advanced reactors. Jacob has experience working on a variety of advanced reactor designs,
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
District (NPPD) Nuclear ProgramAlan L. Dostal is the retired Corporate Nuclear
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
for leading NPPD’s Domestic Energy Research and Application initiative. One of the key elements of this
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
Dostal joined NPPD in March 1979 as a Generation Engineering Scheduler in the Power Projects Division.
power career began in
1986 when he became Nuclear Planning Supervisor for Cooper Nuclear Station. After earning his Masters
Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 1989, he became manager of nuclear
budgeting in 1990.
He assumed his nuclear management responsibilities in 2002 and was assigned responsibility for the
Research and Application Initiative in September 2005. He continues to provide support to District
relevant industry topics.
Dr. John Jackson, Microreactor
National Technical Director, U.S. Department of
Energy-NebraskaDr. John H. Jackson is a distinguished staff scientist/engineer at the
National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is the National Technical Director for the DOE
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)
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
irradiated fuels and materials. In
these capacities, John has worked closely with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry
that DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable
has more than 20
years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics. He also has more
years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the
Upstream Research Company
in Houston, Texas. John holds Ph.D. (2001) and MS (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the
of Washington, Seattle, WA, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1995) from Central
University in Ellensburg,
David Madcharo, Program
Generation Operations, Southeast Community College (SCC), NANF Planning Committee
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
holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA in Sustainability from
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
Currently, at NEI, he leads industry
efforts to reduce business risks associated with used nuclear fuel management, commercial nuclear power
decommissioning, and emergent material degradation issues by directing broad scope technical and
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
Administration degree (Lewis
Douglas McDonald, Product
BWRX-300, GE Hitachi NuclearDouglas is responsible for the technical aspects and
delivery of BWRX-300, GE Hitachi’s innovative, cost competitive small modular reactor. He has more
of experience, including 32 with GE/GE-Hitachi. He has served in a variety of technical and
positions, including research reactor operations, design of GEN III/III+ reactors, commissioning of FOAK
reactors, services management, project management, quality, business development, and sales. He has
a B.S. in
Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the
California, Berkeley. He holds patents in severe accident mitigation devices and passive mixing
Michael Melton, Business
X-EnergyMichael Melton is currently the Business Development Manager at X-energy.
his career in nuclear power at the Palo Verde Generating Station as a Metallurgical Engineer, through
construction, start-up and then operations. Mike’s focus has been on materials, welding and
He led several industry committees to resolve generic materials related issues, turning that leadership
industry position at the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Mike has grown his leadership into new plant licensing, leading two successful 10CFR part 52 design
approval and final safety evaluations, including the latest Small Modular Reactor approval. Mike’s
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
New Reactors. In this role, he leads industry’s efforts to improve the regulatory, policy and business
for new reactors.
Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, and Toshiba in the areas of used nuclear fuel management,
new plant projects.
Senator Julie Slama, Legislative
#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
University of Nebraska College of Law. Slama’s committee assignments include: Banking, Commerce and
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
the Manager of Digital
Engineering at TerraPower where he has worked on advanced reactor development programs since 2009. He
fast-neutron reactor physics and core design, and is the original architect of TerraPower’s reactor
platform. His research interests include the deployment of economical nuclear power, multi-objective
fuel cycle analysis, data-centric engineering processes, and reactor development history. He has been
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
Dan Buman, Director of Nuclear
Strategic Asset Management
Cooper Nuclear Station, NANF Planning Committee MemberDaniel E. Buman is the Director
Oversight & Strategic Asset
Management for Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Cooper Nuclear Station. He graduated from
Nebraska in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in
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
Nuclear Safety Assurance, and the Director of Engineering at the Site in Brownville, Nebraska. Prior to
served as the System Engineering Manager, Design Engineering Manager, Programs Engineering Manager, USAR
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
Board. Dan and his wife Melissa live in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Joseph Gasper, PhD,
Joseph worked with Omaha Public
Power District (OPPD) from 1974-2010 in engineering, licensing, project, and training management
positions. He worked
with International Atomic Energy Agency on several consultancies from 1997-2000 and was a consultant to
Steve Gebers, Certified Health
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
their research reactor
and material use research. He moved to Omaha in 1983 and continued his radiation protection career at
Nuclear. He became a Certified Health Physicist in 1992 and served as a Radiation Protection Manager,
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.
Relations and Advocacy Specialist, NANF Planning Committee CoordinatorKristen is a
government relations specialist with extensive experience in the electric industry. A wildlife biologist
and a lobbyist by accident, Kristen has more than 30 years of government relations and grassroots
Dr. Bruce Letellier, Nuclear
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
presently serves as Nuclear Services Division Manager and as Chief Scientist for Serco North America’s
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
DOE complex. Dr. Letellier has served the nuclear power community for the past 25 years, performing
developing regulatory guidance and analyzing plant safety conditions related to post-LOCA emergency core
recirculation. His contributions include managing and performing research in debris generation and
aluminum corrosion, post-LOCA chemistry, computational fluid dynamic simulation, and strainer
While participating in industry-lead risk-informed regulation initiatives, Dr. Letellier developed the
software analysis suite to perform Bayesian uncertainty propagation on plant-system LOCA response,
operator actions, calculating the probability and associated confidence of sump strainer failure for use
regulatory risk evaluation metric.
Generation Operations Program Student Sarah Sullivan is a second-year student at
Community College in the Energy Generation Operations program with a nuclear focus. After she graduates
spring, she plans on seeking employment
in the industry as she continues her education online towards an engineering degree.
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