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
- 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.
It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.
Takeaways from this course include:
- 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.
Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.
View 2019 Course Schedule (pdf, revised 2/72019)
Class runs 8:30 am - 4:15 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Friday.
Note: Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.
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.
SENIOR REACTOR OPERATIONS ENGINEER, U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
"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."
DEPUTY MANAGER OFFICE OF NUCLEAR SAFETY, FORSMARKS KRAFTGRUPP AB
"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."
HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST, SWEDISH RADIATION SAFETY AUTHORITY
"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."
PROBABILISTIC RISK ASSESSMENT ENGINEER, EMIRATES NUCLEAR ENERGY CORPORATION
"It had many topics related to my job, various speakers with different experiences in many fields, variety of participants from different countries and experiences."
SHIFT TECHNICAL ADVISOR, DOMINION-MILLSTONE POWER STATION
"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."
Course director Neil Todreas is the Korea Electric Power Corp Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Emeritus) at MIT. His research and teaching focuses on thermal and hydraulic aspects of nuclear reactor engineering and safety analysis. From 1981 to 1989, he headed the MIT Nuclear Engineering Department. He has an extensive record of service for government and industry review committees as well as international scientific review groups. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, and is the author of three books and over 250 papers on nuclear reactor energy extraction and safety features. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear and the American Mechanical Engineering Societies as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Course director Benoit Forget is an Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, and from École Polytechnique de Montréal with undergraduate and master's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Energy Engineering. His research and teaching focuses mainly on transport theory, computational reactor physics and the nuclear fuel cycle. His group, the Computational Reactor Physics Group (CRPG), has developed the open source reactor simulation software OpenMC (Monte Carlo) and OpenMOC (Method of Characteristic) which serve as modern algorithm development platforms for high performance computing. Prior to joining MIT, he worked at the Idaho National Laboratory as a Nuclear/Reactor engineer. Prof. Forget has recently served as chair of the Reactor Physics division of the American Nuclear Society.
Our lecturers are selected among the prominent authorities on nuclear power plant technology, operations, safety and regulations in industry, government, and universities. They will provide authoritative answers in their technical fields, and will not necessarily present the official views of any group with which they may be associated. The unique group of speakers listed below for the 2019 course offering are unlikely to be matched at any other professional course.
- Nuclear Energy Institute: Mr. Doug True, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, NEI; Dr. Jennifer Uhle, Vice President of Generation & Suppliers, NEI
- Institute of Nuclear Power Operations: Mr. Robert Gambrill, Vice President Industry Trends and Organizational Learning, INPO
- Regulatory: Dr. Richard Meserve, Chair (retired), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC); Mr. Brian Holian, Director, Nuclear Security and Incident Response, (US NRC); Mr. Ho Nieh, Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (US NRR); Mr. William Reckley, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Reactor Program (US NRO); Mr. Douglass Miller, Lead Technical Advisor, Directorate of Regulatory Improvement and Major Project Management, Regulatory Operations Branch, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
- Utilities: Ms. Susan Landahl, Senior Vice President, Exelon Generation Company; Mr. Hideki Masui, Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings National Laboratories: Dr. Robert J. Budnitz, Staff Scientist, Energy Geosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.
- Vendors: Mr. Zeses Karoutas, Chief Engineer Nuclear Fuel Global Technology Office, Westinghouse Electric Company; Dr. Regis Matzie, Former VP & CTO for Westinghouse Electric CO; Mr. Robert Sanders, Corys Inc., Advisory Engineering/Senior Expert, AREVA NP, Inc. (retired); Dr. Kent Welter, Chief of Engineering, Testing & Analysis, NuScale Power
- Consultants: Dr. Dennis C. Bley, President of Buttonwood Consulting, Inc; Dr. Douglas Chapin, Principal, MPR Associates, Inc., (Emeritus); Dr. Andrew Kadak, Kadak Associates Inc., and Former CEO of Yankee Atomic; Dr. Joy Rempe, Principal, Rempe and Associates, LLC
- Academia: Prof. Ronald G. Ballinger, Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, MIT; Dr. George Apostolakis, MIT Professor Emeritus and Head, Nuclear Risk Research Center, Japan; Dr. Charles Forsberg, Principal Research Scientist, Exec. Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project, Director and PI, Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactor Project, MIT.
This course is held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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|Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%)||50|
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|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (40%)||40|
|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (20%)||20|