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Nebraska Advanced Nuclear Forum

  • 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.

  • TimeEvent
    7:30 a.m.-NoonRegistration
    8:30 a.m.Forum Convenes
    • SCC Welcome—Dr. Paul Illich, President, SCC
    • Planning Committee Conference Overview
    • Opening Remarks Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
    9 a.m.State of the Industry
    • Nuclear Energy Institute—Marcus Nichol, Senior Director, New Reactors
    9:45 a.m.Break
    • Vendor Sponsored — Opportunity to view vendor displays
    10:15 a.m.Panel # 1—Nuclear History in Nebraska - Moderator Dr. Joe Gasper (Retired OPPD)
    • NPPD—Alan Dostal, Retired, Nuclear Program
    • SCC—David Madcharo, Program Director Energy Generation Operations
    11 a.m.Panel #2 Small Modular Reactors — Moderator Dan Buman (Director Nuclear Oversight and Strategic Initiatives, NPPD)
    • NuScale Power—Cheryl Collins, Director of Sales
    • General Electric—Douglas McDonald, Product Manager, BWRX-300
    NoonLunch and Learn with Dr. Heather Feldman, Director of Innovation, Nuclear Sector, Electric Power Research Institute
    • Recognition of Students—Future of Nuclear Energy
    • Lunch provided
    1 p.m.Panel #3 Next Generation Nuclear — Moderator Dr. Bruce Letellier (Nuclear Services Division Manager, Serco NA)
    • TerraPower—Dr. Nick Touran, Manager, Digital Engineering
    • X-Energy—Michael Melton Business Development Manager
    2 p.m.Panel # 4 Nuclear Used Fuel/Waste Management — Moderator Steve Gebers, CHP (Retired OPPD)
    • Orano Group—Jack Boshoven, Senior Advisor
    • Nuclear Energy Institute—Rod McCullum, Senior Director, Decommissioning and Used Fuel
    3 p.m.Break
    • Vendor Sponsored — Opportunity to view vendor displays
    3:30 p.m.Panel # 5 Micro Reactors — Moderator Sarah Sullivan (SCC Energy Generation Operations Program Student)
    • Oklo Power—Dr. Jacob DeWitte, CEO and Co-Founder
    • US Department of Energy—Dr. John Jackson, DOE-NE Microreactor Program National Technical Director
    4:30 p.m.Panel # 6 Senator Discussion — Moderator Kristen Gottschalk (Government Relations and Advocacy Specialist)
    • Senator Bruce Bostelman, LD #23
    • Senator Julie Slama, LD #1
    • Senator Tom Brewer, LD #43
    5:30 p.m.Adjourn
    • *Senators will remain on campus for an additional half hour

    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.

    speaker_keynote_feldman_300x300Heather 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.

    Reserved for post-Forum resources, presentations and handouts.


    speaker_boshoven_200x200Jack Boshoven, Manager, Site Engineering, Orano TN
    Jack 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 and administration.

    Mr. Boshoven has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.

    speaker_bostelman_200x200Senator Bruce Bostelman, Legislative District #23
    Senator 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 Service Medal.

    speaker_brewer_200x200Senator Tom Brewer, Legislative District #43
    Senator 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.

    speaker_collins_200x200Cheryl Collins, Director of Sales, NuScale Power
    Collins 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.

    speaker_dewitte_200x200Dr. 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.

    speaker_dostal_200x200Alan Dostal, Retired, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Nuclear Program
    Alan 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.

    speaker_jackson_200x200Dr. John Jackson, Microreactor Program National Technical Director, U.S. Department of Energy-Nebraska
    Dr. 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, WA.

    speaker_madcharo_200x200David Madcharo, Program Director Energy Generation Operations, Southeast Community College (SCC), NANF Planning Committee Member
    David 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 Reserve University.

    RodMcCullum-webRod 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 University, 2000).

    speaker_mcdonald_200x200Douglas McDonald, Product Manager, BWRX-300, GE Hitachi Nuclear
    Douglas is responsible for the technical aspects and delivery of BWRX-300, GE Hitachi’s innovative, cost competitive small modular reactor. He has more than 34 years of experience, including 32 with GE/GE-Hitachi. He has served in a variety of technical and leadership 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 University of California, Berkeley. He holds patents in severe accident mitigation devices and passive mixing technology.

    speaker_melton_200x200Michael Melton, Business Development Manager, X-Energy
    Michael 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 the U.S.

    MarcNichol-webMarc Nichol, Senior Director, New Reactors, Nuclear Energy Institute
    Marc 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.



    speaker_slama_200x200Senator Julie Slama, Legislative District #1
    Senator 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.

    speaker_touran_200x200Nick Touran
    Dr. 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.


    speaker_buman_200x200Dan Buman, Director of Nuclear Oversight & Strategic Asset Management Cooper Nuclear Station, NANF Planning Committee Member
    Daniel 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.

    speaker_gasper_200x200Dr. Joseph Gasper, PhD, MBA
    Dr. 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 OPPD from 2011 to 2016.




    speaker_gebers_200x200Steve Gebers, Certified Health Physicist (CHP)

    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.

    speaker_gottschalk_200x200Kristen Gotschalk, Government Relations and Advocacy Specialist, NANF Planning Committee Coordinator
    Kristen 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 engagement.



    speaker_letellier_200x200Dr. Bruce Letellier, Nuclear Services Division Manager and as Chief Scientist for Serco North America’s Maritime Engineering, Technology & Sustainment Group
    Dr. 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.

    speaker_sullivan_sarah_200x200Sarah 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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    Lead—$1,500, include two paid registrations*, attendance at the pre-conference VIP Reception on Oct. 20, half-page space in the Forum Magazine, prominent logo placement in the magazine and website, and recognition on signage and Forum gifts at the event.

    Concrete—$1,000, includes one paid registration*, quarter-page space in the Forum Magazine, logo placement in the magazine and website, and recognition on signage and Forum gifts.

    Water—$500, includes logo placement in the magazine and website, and recognition on signage and Forum gifts.

    * A promo code will be emailed within two business days for the paid registrant(s) to use when registering.

    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.

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