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Date(s)
Jun 15 - 19, 2020
Registration Deadline
Location
On Campus
Course Length
5 Days
Course Fee
$3,900
CEUs
2.9
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The reactor safety course (one of MIT Professional Education’s longest-running summer programs) addresses from a practical point of view the safety and regulatory issues of operating and planned reactors in the U.S. and other countries. 

Emphasis will be on current developments such as:

  • Operating reactor safety and licensing
  • Life extension of operating reactors to 80 years
  • New reactor safety and licensing
  • International perspectives on reactor safety
  • Risk-informed operations
  • High performance fuel
  • Spent fuel storage management
  • PWR and BWR materials issues
  • Cybersecurity
  • Seismic safety

A review of recent developments focusing on safety issues in the operating plants and the near-term deployment of new plants will be among the topics of discussion to be emphasized. At the end of each day, there will be a panel discussion consisting of that day’s lecturers to answer questions.

Participant Takeaways

  • Describing the safety and regulatory issues of operating nuclear reactors in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Assessing new developments in nuclear plant safety, such as risk-informed operations, extended life operation, and high performance fuel.
  • Examining advanced reactors, and their safety characteristics.
  • Describing the issues of fuel storage and licensing of spent fuel repository.

Who Should Attend

The Nuclear Plant Safety course is intended for degree-holding engineers and scientists who have some knowledge of nuclear facility technology and who are or will be participating directly in the design, construction, operation, or regulatory safety review of nuclear installations such as large or small modular power reactors. It will be of particular interest to technically trained representatives of the electrical power industry from utilities and vendors, Nuclear Regulatory commissions, Department of Energy facilities, reactor or reactor component fabricators, safety evaluators, and other technically trained personnel interested in obtaining an overall view of reactor safety.

Requirements

Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.

Program Outline

8:10am - 4:15pm Monday, 8:30am - 4:15pm Tuesday thru Thursday, and 8:30am - 3:00pm on Friday.

Special events include a reception at the end of Monday program, guided tours of the MIT Reactor and other MIT experimental facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, and dinner on Thursday. Please note that participants must have their passport or other government-issued ID with them for the MIT Reactor tour. All evening activities are included in tuition.

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Testimonials

"My experience at the MIT Nuclear Safety Systems course was great. The topics were very interesting and taught by leaders in their respective fields. The most beneficial aspect of the course was the expert panels that stimulated open and frank discussions on the daily topics."
SENIOR REACTOR OPERATIONS ENGINEER, U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
"It was a great experience to participate in the program. The experience was enhanced by the fact that the speakers were prominent people with real insight in the ongoing activities in the business."
DEPUTY MANAGER OFFICE OF NUCLEAR SAFETY, FORSMARKS KRAFTGRUPP AB
"The course was excellent because of a very good curricula where interesting and current topics were very professional, and knowledge speakers/lecturers made the course an inspirational week."
HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST, SWEDISH RADIATION SAFETY AUTHORITY
"It had many topics related to my job, various speakers with different experiences in many fields, variety of participants from different countries and experiences."
PROBABILISTIC RISK ASSESSMENT ENGINEER, EMIRATES NUCLEAR ENERGY CORPORATION
"I will use this knowledge in my daily tasks (emergent risk reviews, plant operations, ensuring procedures comply with the plant's technical specifications and design basis), and during outages, when I typically lead the shutdown risk team in assessing the predicted and emergent shutdown safety profiles."
SHIFT TECHNICAL ADVISOR, DOMINION-MILLSTONE POWER STATION
Content

The type of content you will learn in this course, whether it's a foundational understanding of the subject, the hottest trends and developments in the field, or suggested practical applications for industry.

Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends - 50%|Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world - 50%
50|50
Delivery Methods

How the course is taught, from traditional classroom lectures and riveting discussions to group projects to engaging and interactive simulations and exercises with your peers.

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format - 80%|Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning - 20%
80|20
Levels

What level of expertise and familiarity the material in this course assumes you have. The greater the amount of introductory material taught in the course, the less you will need to be familiar with when you attend.

Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience - 40%|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field - 40%|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level - 20%
40|40|20