The lecture series “Understanding the nuclear energy of tomorrow” will begin on August 30

Purdue University and Duke Energy will host the first monthly installment of the “Understanding the Nuclear Power of Tomorrow” lecture series from 4-5 p.m. ET on August 30 at Fowler Hall at the Stewart Center. Registration is now open for “Clean Nuclear Power: Past, Present and Future,” which will provide an overview of nuclear reactor technologies.

Arden L. Bement Jr.
Arden L. Bement Jr.

Arden L. Bement Jr. will lead the conference. He has extensive experience in nuclear engineering as a former director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, former director of the National Science Foundation, and David A. Ross Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University.

Bement will explain how nuclear reactor technologies were used in submarines in the 1950s, the growth of nuclear power plants from the 1980s to the 2000s, and how small modular reactors could be used in the near future to provide safe energy. and durable enough to power power grids, a university or even a remote village.

This conference will also cover the rigorous approval process of nuclear reactors, their safety systems and the evolution of reactor technology.

The event will be streamed live and registration is required for in-person and virtual participation.

Purdue University and Duke Energy are jointly investigating the feasibility of using advanced nuclear power to meet the long-term energy needs of the West Lafayette campus community. The study aims to determine whether electricity generated by small modular reactors (SMRs) could meet Purdue’s energy needs. More information about the study and the lecture series is available at

Angela C. Hale