4th Annual Nuclear Opportunities Workshop (NOW) to be Hosted by ETEC in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Source: ETEC | Release | July 12, 2022

The East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is hosting its fourth in-person nuclear opportunities conference on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This day-long conference will focus on supply, technical, production, and workforce-related opportunities in the nuclear industry. Registration is open and available until July 28, 2022.

Oak Ridge is known for its long and distinguished history of nuclear innovation. Today, this East Tennessee region is proving to be the place for nuclear suppliers, innovators, decommissioners, isotope makers, and others in this industry who make a difference.

“With the recent advanced nuclear announcements by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Kairos Power, TRISO-X, and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, the Oak Ridge Corridor is leading the way in supporting nuclear innovation,” states Tracy Boatner, ETEC president. “Thanks to UCOR’s legacy cleanup efforts, combined with proximity to world-class facilities like Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex, in addition to regional workforce development initiatives, NOW is the time to explore nuclear opportunities in East Tennessee.”

The Nuclear Opportunities Workshop (NOW) agenda features discussions on the opportunities and issues around these topics:

  1. Advanced Reactors: Lessons Learned in the Early Days of Advanced Reactors
  2. Nuclear Fuels: Nuclear Fuel Demand and Development
  3. Radioisotopes: Impact and Processes of Radioisotope Production
  4. Nuclear Workforce: Workforce Initiatives and Opportunities Available to the Nuclear Industry in East Tennessee
  5. TVA’s New Nuclear Program and Plans for the Clinch River Project

Keynote presentations will be given by Aleshia Duncan, U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation; and Greg Boerschig, Vice President of the Clinch River Project for TVA.

Panel speakers include representatives from: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, TerraPower, SHINE Medical Technologies, NorthStar, Centrus, TRISO-X, BWXT, GE-Hitachi, United Cleanup Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the University of Tennessee, and more.

Workshop attendees are invited to an opening reception Monday evening, August 1, at the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE). Community leaders, stakeholders, DOE employees, ETEC members companies, students, interns, and early career professionals will be attending.

Both of these in-person events will give industry professionals an opportunity to network, re-connect with colleagues, and interact with interns and students interested in career opportunities.

NOW is supported by: Boston Government Services, Burns & McDonnell, Centrus Energy, Consolidated Nuclear Security, IB3 Global Solutions, Jacobs, Kairos Power, Merrick, MS Technology, MillenniTEK, Navarro Research and Engineering, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Teledyne Brown Engineering, TRISO-X, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), United Cleanup Oak Ridge (UCOR), Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, and the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII).

These companies will have exhibit space to interact with attendees and the students, interns, and post-doctoral candidates who will drop in throughout the day in a “job fair” type of atmosphere.

To register for the NOW conference and reception, visit https://eteconline.org/now-registration/.

About the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)

ETEC is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge and East Tennessee as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies, and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation. ETEC seeks new ways to use federal investments in science and security to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth. For more information, visit www.eteconline.org.