Effective and Rapid Response to a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency, Lecture by Dr. John E. Kelly

Friday, November 1, 2019
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
2164 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Join the Center for Risk and Reliability as we welcome Dr. John E. Kelly for a lecture on Effective and Rapid Response to a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency.


Any nuclear power accident immediately generates concerns and questions by government leaders around the world. In these situations, it is important that timely and accurate information be provided to the leadership so that informed decisions can be made. However, the very nature of the major accidents to date is that there is considerable confusion, thereby making it difficult to provide either timely or accurate information. To resolve this dilemma, there is a need to have technical experts, informed government leaders, and other technical capabilities in place prior to an accident. The question is: if an accident were to happen, are we ready to respond and inform our government leaders and the public in a rapid and effective manner? The presentation will reflect on the domestic and international response to previous major nuclear power plant accidents and will offer suggestions for improving emergency response readiness. 

Dr. John E. Kelly is the Immediate Past President of the American Nuclear Society. He retired from the U.S. Department of Energy at the end of 2017. At DOE, he was the Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Nuclear Energy. He was responsible for establishing the strategic technical direction for the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of portfolios. Prior to assuming the duties of Chief Technology Officer, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies. He was responsible for the civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which incoluded programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactors, Generation IV reactors, and Radioisotope Power Systems for space exploration. In the international arena, he chaired the Generation IV International Forum and the International Atomic Agency's Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy in 2010, Dr. Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. Dr. Kelly received his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. 


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