NuClean Kickoff Workshop

A Center of Excellence for Nuclear Waste Safety & Remediation
November 7, 2013

Hosted by AIChE’s Center for Energy Initiatives and sponsored by CTOC, Nuclear Engineering Division, North American Mixing Forum and the Environmental Division, this workshop brought key stakeholders together to clarify and focus NuClean efforts on key information gaps and needs, and began to formulate a plan of action for NuClean implementation.

Speakers & Technical Program

Presentations from the workshop are posted below.  Background information and a summary of the discussion from the workshop can be found here.

Goals & Background

Establish NuClean as a nuclear waste management center of excellence to leverage chemical engineering expertise on nuclear waste management and engage with broader professional efforts on underlying multi-disciplinary public and technical community information, research, outreach and education needs. 

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Schedule & Featured Events


Overview: Nuclear waste management - Technical, Political, Regulatory

Challenges regarding Commercial and Legacy Waste, including the state-of-the-art in technologies and organizations for responding to current nuclear waste processing, storage and remediation issues and the US Science Policy. David Kosson, Vanderbilt University, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of...

Assessment and Perception of Risks Associated with Nuclear Waste

Session focuses on how the public perceives these risks and need for communities to know about waste streams and their consequences Ed Jones, LLNL, Deputy Associate Program Leader for Risk Assessment, System Engineering, and Human Performance; Chris Whipple, Environ, Principal, Radioactive Waste...

Featured Speakers

Dr. Stuart T. Arm

Dr. Stuart T. Arm has a PhD and MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.Read more

Beth Beloff

Beth Beloff is Founder and Principal of Beth Beloff & Associates, a consulting group that develops sustainability strategies and assessment methodologies for all kinds of organizations.  She is President of the non-profit think tank, BRIDGES to Sustainability Institute (BRIDGES), which she founded in 1997 to develop approaches to support corporate decision-making regarding sustainability. Prior to BRIDGES, Ms. Beloff founded and directed the Institute for Corporate Environmental Management in the business school at the University of Houston.

Her professional goal is to...Read more

Richard Calabrese

Richard V. Calabrese is Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Before joining Maryland in 1981, he worked for Pickard, Lowe & Garrick and Stevens Institute of Technology.  He received his BS degree from the University of Rochester and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

Rich’s expertise is in the areas of turbulent mixing and multiphase flow, with emphasis on particle-eddy interactions, drop dispersion & coalescence, prediction & measurement of particle size distribution...Read more

Michael Greenberg

Michael Greenberg studies environmental health. He is professor and director of the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment of Rutgers University; director of the U.S. DHS-funded Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk at Rutgers University; and associate dean of the faculty of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.Read more

Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones has been at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for 22 years, where his work has centered on the risk analysis, system engineering, and human performance of hazardous systems, including facilities, infrastructure, devices, and nuclear material management. He most recently headed the Risk and Response Management Program that focused on developing and applying capabilities to identify, analyze, and manage man-made and natural threats, hazards and risks to national security, energy systems, environment and health.

In nuclear materials management, Ed has worked...Read more

David Kosson

David S. Kosson is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he has appointments as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Earth and Environmental Sciences.Read more

Vasilios Manousiouthakis

Dr. Manousiouthakis received his Diploma, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1981) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985, 1986) respectively. Dr. Manousiouthakis has over 100 refereed journal publications, 2 patents, numerous conference publications and presentations, and has supervised 16 PhD students, many of which are in academic positions. He has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988), the Northrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award (1989) the AIChE Ted Petersen Best Student Paper...Read more

Marian Naranjo

Ms. Naranjo is Founder and Director of Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE), a community-based organization located at Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, with attention focused on nuclear safety issues from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  She has been involved in environmental issues of concern for 20 years, as LANL is located within her pueblo’s ancestral homelands, a place that is Sacred to Pueblo People.  She is a mother of four and grandmother of seven, and life time traditional potter. She comes from the well-known Naranjo family of Santa Clara potters....Read more

Per Peterson

Per F. Peterson holds the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California and performs research related to high-temperature fission energy systems, as well as studying topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. He was appointed in February 2010 as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future and co-chaired its Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee with Senator Pete Domenici.  He has served as a member or chair of numerous advisory committees for...Read more

Steven L. Krahn, PhD

Dr. Krahn is Professor of the Practice of Nuclear Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  Immediately prior to coming to Vanderbilt, he served in U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety & Security in the Office of Environmental Management (EM). He performs research and serves on the management board as part of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation and Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) in the areas of nuclear and environmental risk assessment and risk management and the...Read more

Chris Whipple

Dr. Chris Whipple has more than 35 years of environmental engineering experience in the management of human health and environmental risk, with a particular focus on radiological issues. His work experience has included risk assessment methodology, risk management, regulatory analysis, and risk communication. He brings considerable expertise to a number of key areas, most notably public health and environmental management issues related to radioactive and hazardous waste and hazardous air pollutants. Dr. Whipple has served on and chaired numerous national committees to study and advise on...Read more