The Challenges for Nuclear Power

Course Dates: 
Last 4 weeks: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2018
Mondays, 2-4 p.m.
William Hannum
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

Nuclear power offers the potential for inexhaustible, carbon-free power to support modern, comfortable living for the entire world. We will discuss how safety, nuclear wastes and potential proliferation of nuclear weapons have been addressed in the United States and elsewhere and consider how these issues will be addressed in the future.

Course summary and outline

William Hannum ( has a doctorate in nuclear physics from Yale University and is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. He been involved in nuclear power development for more than 50 years, beginning with the Shippingport Nuclear power plant, the first nuclear plant to operate as part of a utility network. He held senior positions with the Department of Energy, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and has directed a major nuclear waste remediation project. Most recently, William has been involved in developing an advanced technology for recycling nuclear wastes.