Kearns discusses Argonne’s central role in nuclear energy on the Hill
Earlier this week, Argonne Lab Director Paul Kearns spread the word in Washington D.C. about Argonne’s ongoing role as a leader of the nation’s peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Kearns discussed the lab’s latest nuclear research advancements at the “Up and Atom” quarterly morning briefing, hosted by the Office of Nuclear Energy and attended by more than 80 congressional staffers, industry and governmental representatives, and officials from international embassies. During the forum, Rita Baranwal, assistant secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, gave a special address on her office’s priorities and activities; it was moderated by David Blee, president and CEO of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council.
Starting with the lab’s history, Kearns described Argonne’s latest milestones, including the upcoming 2021 arrival of the Aurora exascale supercomputer and the APS upgrade, our integral role in the DOE’s Versatile Test Reactor program, leadership in the design of advanced reactors and fuel cycles, and conversion of research and test reactors to the use of low enriched uranium, as well as the dozens of game-changing projects with industry and other governmental agencies.
“We are committed to using our capabilities and expertise to benefit the nation’s nuclear community and the public,” said Kearns.
The Argonne’s contributions to this forum included help from members of the NSE division (Director Temitope Taiwo, Natalia Saraeva, Emily Shemon, Paul Dickman) and Government Relations /CPA (Norm Peterson, Sarah Higgins, Dave Bukey). Other organizers and attendees were EGS Associate Lab Director Suresh Sunderrajan and Chief of Staff Megan Clifford.
Photo caption: From left to right: Megan Clifford, Norm Peterson, Suresh Sunderrajan, Paul Kearns, Temitope Taiwo, Emily Shemon, Sarah Higgins, Natalia Saraeva, and Paul Dickman.