Former Gov. Tom Ridge to give keynote at nuclear engineering symposium

Tom Ridge, former secretary of homeland security and governor of Pennsylvania, will give the keynote address at the nuclear energy symposium on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

The symposium, "Nuclear Power: Back on the Table," will focus on nuclear energy in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. It is designed for professionals, academics, government officials and students with an interest in nuclear energy.

The symposium will feature experts from academia, industry and government discussing nuclear power economics, environmental impact, energy policy and nuclear power research.

Scheduled speakers include representatives from Westinghouse Electric, AREVA, Energy Resources International, Electric Power Research Institute, Bisconti Research, Nuclear Energy Institute, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Oregon State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Texas at Austin.

The event is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Penn State's Nuclear Engineering program. Information and registration can be found online at Registration cost for the event is $295.

The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State Institute for Energy and the Environment, Materials Research Institute, Radiation Science and Engineering Center, Applied Research Laboratory, AREVA and Westinghouse.

Last Updated October 13, 2009