The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 are experiencing a unique time in history. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID‑19) pandemic, many students may not be receiving traditional ceremonies and festivities, and are transitioning or attempting to transition to professional careers at a time of great uncertainty and economic upheaval.
In this context and with the support of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN), the NEA is organising an online event to celebrate and recognise the accomplishments of the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, especially those within the nuclear science and technology fields.
• Welcoming remarks: William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General
• Keynote: Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, United States Department of Energy (DOE)
• Charge to the graduates: Anne White, Professor and Head of Nuclear Science and Engineering, SoE Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• Chris Levesque, President and Chief Executive Officer of TerraPower
• Joerg Starflinger, ENEN President and Executive Director of the University of Stuttgart Institute of Nuclear Technology and Energy System (IKE)
• Katie Mummah, MS Class of 2020 and PhD student in Nuclear Engineering and Physics at University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Haruka Okazaki, undergraduate nuclear engineering student at the University of Fukui Graduate School of Engineering