Evolution of US Nuclear Fuel Policy Concepts

Seminar with Amy Seward and Thomas Wood

Amy Seward is a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington State specializing in international nuclear energy policy analysis, specifically related to the nonproliferation and energy security aspects of the global use of nuclear energy. She is particularly focused on technical research and analysis of the nuclear fuel cycle in support of the development of US nonproliferation policy. Her work primarily supports the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security. This work applies knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, the nuclear industry, country-level and global trends in nuclear energy.

Amy was a fellow of the Nonproliferation Graduate Program at the US Department of Energy (DOE), during which time she supported the Elimination of Weapons Grade Plutonium (EWGPP) program. She has worked as an English teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia and at Moscow News in Moscow, Russia.

Mr. Wood is currently the program manager for PNNL programs with the NNSA office of Non-proliferation and International Security (NA-24). This DOE office conducts technical reviews for US export license applications, multilateral export control assessments, and classified interdiction cases. He has been with PNNL for 29 years and has conducted fuel cycle economics studies for many defense and civilian fuel cycle issues. He served as an energy fellow in the office of Senator Maria Cantwell in 2006.

Mr. Wood was responsible for USG estimates of Russian weapons plutonium production for several years, and is co-inventor of the isotopic ratio method for estimation of plutonium production in graphite reactors, developed under NA-22 funding for over decade at PNNL.

His recent technical work is focused on the economics of Iran’s Nuclear Program, the Nuclear Archaeology Program, and the economics of civilian nuclear power in oil exporting countries.

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CNS Building (Seminar Room)
499 Van Buren St.
Monterey (831) 647-4154

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