NAE member Apostolakis to speak on PRA for nuclear power plants
The Grainger Lecture Series talk, “Risk-Informed Decision Making,” will be presented at 12 p.m, Tuesday, March 7, in 103 Talbot Laboratory by Dr. George Apostolakis, a National Academy of Engineering member.
Dr. Apostolakis will review the concept of risk and the structure of a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for nuclear power plants. He will compare the traditional regulatory system with a risk-informed regulatory framework. See the flier for this event.
Dr. Apostolakis is internationally recognized for his contributions to the science of risk assessment for complex systems. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, cited for his “innovations in the theory and practice of probabilistic risk assessment and risk management,” and is the chief of the new Nuclear Risk Center founded by the Japanese nuclear utilities. He was a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the NRC statutory Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS).
Dr. Apostolakis will also be available for an informal student discussion at 3 p.m., March 7, in 2269 Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. See Flier Here.
Zahra Mohaghegh, assistant professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois and her her research team, the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory, will moderate the informal student discussion. SoTeRiA’s research is advancing PRA to reduce Common Cause Failures in operating nuclear power plants and to support risk-informed designs and licensing decisions for new reactors.