Nuclear energy director to explore energy options


CORVALLIS - William D. Magwood, director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology in the U.S. Department of Energy, will discuss nuclear technology as a means to address the nation's energy needs in a talk on Tuesday, May 3, at Oregon State University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center's Construction and Engineering Hall on the OSU campus. A reception will follow.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics in OSU's College of Engineering, and the Western Nuclear Science Alliance. The alliance is a collaboration between western universities, national laboratories and private industry that's headed by OSU and supports nuclear science and engineering education, research, and development.

Magwood is the senior nuclear technology official in the U.S. His agency is leading the consideration of nuclear technology as a means to address energy needs without polluting the air, and the U.S. role in the Generation IV International Forum. This forum, an international collective of 10 leading nations and the European Union's Eurotram, is dedicated to developing next generation advanced nuclear technologies.

Magwood has been elected chairman of both the Generation IV International Forum and the Paris-based OECD Steering Committee on Nuclear Energy. In the U.S., he has also helped develop the new Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's premier laboratory for nuclear energy research, development and education.