WHAT: A panel discussion with prominent figures in the nuclear industry will be led by Maurie Cohen, PhD, associate professor in the department of environmental science at NJIT. "Panelists will look at the current status of the ongoing nuclear emergency in Japan and the emergent implications of the disaster," Cohen said. "Speakers will discuss the apparent failure of contingency planning, the technical failures at the nuclear facilities and the health implications." The public is welcome.
- Lee Clarke, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, is an internationally-known expert on disasters and organizational and technological failures. He is the author of two books from the University of Chicago Press and editor of a Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, volume Terrorism and Disaster: New Threats, New Ideas (2003).
- Alexander Glaser, PhD, Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. His work has focused on the technical aspects of nuclear-fuel-cycle technologies and policy questions related to nuclear energy and nuclear-weapon proliferation.
- N. Prasad Kadambi, PhD, is a nuclear safety consultant with 40 years experience in government, the private sector and academe. He is chair of the Standards Board, a governing committee of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). He has instituted initiatives for ANS that broke new ground within the framework of public private partnerships. He also served 26 years with the staff of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- Jennifer Kim is advocate for NJPIRG based in Trenton. As advocate, Kim works on a variety of issues including consumer safety, public health, and transportation.
WHEN: Monday, April 4, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Wise Theater on the NJIT Campus
One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,300 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the state of New Jersey.