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ETEC’s goal is to meet virtually until we can all be together again on Friday mornings.
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Nuclear Matters®

Devyn McDonald, Director
Dan Smith, Senior Associate Director

Friday, April 30, 2021

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (EDT)

Nuclear Matters® is a national coalition that works to inform the public and policymakers about the clear benefits of nuclear energy. Nuclear Matters® is a registered trademark of © 2017 Nuclear Energy Institute, Inc. (NEI)

*Note* This link is good for Friday mornings until the end of June. Feel free to register for future meetings.

We will use the Zoom Conferencing platform in its normal format. Attendees will be visible unless they choose to turn off their video.

Want to Bring A Guest?

Members are always welcome to bring a guest to the ETEC meeting on Friday mornings, even when we are meeting virtually. If you want to introduce a guest to the group gathered online, email Tracy and she will put you on the meeting agenda. Or, fill out the online form here.

Let's Network After the Meeting

Pre-registration is not necessary.

If you have the latest version of Zoom installed on your device, you can choose your own Breakout room! If not, let Tracy know and she can move you into a room after the meeting. We will have multiple rooms open and hope to see you then!
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Retirement Planning Services for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in April.
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Upcoming Friday Meetings

May 7 - Alan Hill, AT&T Tennessee
May 14 - Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer, ORNL
May 21 - Board of Directors Meeting (All members and guests are welcome.)

Regional Events

May 4 - ECA: Engaging Energy Communities in Advanced Nuclear Demonstration Projects
May 6 - PTAC: Cybersecurity for DoD Contractors
May 6 - SBA: Webinar-Global Sales for U.S. Manufacturers in a Virtual Environment
May 12 - TSBDC: How to do Business with the Government, Part 1 / Webinar
May 13 - TSBDC: How to do Business with the Government, Part 2 / Webinar
May 24 - PTAC: SBIR-STTR Programs Summit
May 24-27 - DOE ARPA-E 2021 Virtual Summit
June 2-3 - 2021 TVC National Summit



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Most new reactor development moves from design to various engineering simulations to testing components and finally becomes a full-sized, steel-and-concrete first-of-a-kind power plant. But, to build its reactor, Kairos Power is following a development model used successfully by SpaceX and other high-tech enterprises: build a little, study and test, and then build again.

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Kurt Terrani Joins Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation To Head Fuels And Materials Development Efforts

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Ohio Town Grapples With Tearing Down a Cold War Plant

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