10:30 a.m. ENGR, room 103. Dario Bollacasa spent his entire career in the nuclear field. He worked in nuclear R&D and reactor prototype design before joining Combustion Engineering, Inc. in the commercial side of nuclear power. His experience ranges from nuclear physics to computer modeling to project management of multi-disciplinary contracts. He has carried out business development activities in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Far East and Mexico. He has more than two dozen published articles to his credit and holds a US Patent on nuclear instrumentation. Upon retirement from Westinghouse he has been a consultant with several US companies and a Japanese multi-national.
IEEE Power and Engineering Society Names Three Boise State Students as PES Scholars
This week’s seminar will include a special feature! Join us in recognizing Chris Calderwood, Robert Martin, and Nathan King as this year’s IEEE Power and Engineering Society’s scholars.
Nuclear Power: Past, Present, and Future
Bollacasa’s presentation offers an abbreviated walkthrough of nuclear power in various commercial applications from its beginnings in the late 1950s to the present. The types of nuclear power plants, which have achieved widespread commercial operation, are briefly described, including some of their salient advantages and their disadvantages. A few of the significant events that have shaped the industry over the decades from the Three Mile Island accident to Fukushima are examined. Some of the safety and waste disposal issues are also addressed. The current planned additions of new power reactors in the US and abroad are also addressed. And finally, some on-going and future power plant designs are discussed including advanced small modular reactors (SMRs) for developing safe, clean, and affordable nuclear energy.