Below is the draft agenda for the virtual Zoom event on June 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.


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Sign on / Networking in breakout rooms 

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Kathy McCarthy, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 

Keynote Address: Jay Brister, Chief Business Development Officer, General Fusion 

Comments from the Congressional Fusion Caucus: U.S. Representative Don Beyer, D-VA, & U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, R-TN

Panel #1: Research and Development Technologies, Opportunities, and Partnerships in Fusion
This panel discussion will feature the research and development occurring at ORNL and at The ITER Project, the vision of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and opportunities.
Moderator: Lou Qualls, Reactor Technology Integration Leader, ORNL
Panelist: Kathy McCarthy, US ITER Project Director and Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, ORNL, and Mickey Wade, Division Director, Fusion Energy, ORNL
Panelist: Livia Casali, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Panelist: Dennis Youchison, Director, Department of Energy’s Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program, ORNL
Q & A

Break / Networking in Breakout Rooms

Panel #2: Enabling Fusion Innovation in the Private Industry SectorPrivate Industry Perspective 
Panelists will speak about their specific INFUSE grants and discuss the technical aspects of building a fusion core. They will also address the path forward and what is happening in the industry.
Andrew Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Industry Association
Panelist: Matthew Reinke, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Panelist: Randall Volberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Type One Energy Group
& A

Break / Networking in Breakout Rooms

Panel #3: Fusion from the Utility’s Perspective to Include Regulatory and Public Policy Issues
This panel will address the challenges and perspectives in the industry for long-term users. The discussion will include a technology-to-market perspective, and what the utility industry is expecting and needs.

Moderator: Joe Hoagland, Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority
Panelist: Tim Peckinpaugh, Partner, K&L Gates in Washington D.C.
Panelist: Andrew Sowder, Electric Power Research Institute
Panelist: To be announced
Q & A