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The NNL Distinguished Lecture Welcomed Dr. Todd Allen on Sept. 8

Todd Allen

As the world continues to respond to climate change, nuclear energy is a promising and exciting bridge toward clean energy.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science welcomed Dr. Todd Allen to discuss this exciting new narrative around nuclear power at the 2022 NNL Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. The lecture was presented in person and virtually on Zoom.

Allen is professor and chair of the Department Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. The lecture discussed the need for nuclear energy and how an emerging set of privately funded companies are attempting to take a new set of nuclear energy products to commercialization. His presentation described the energy system trends driving this innovation, the imperatives driving nuclear energy development, and associated policy implications.


About Todd Allen

Dr. Todd Allen is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan and a Senior Fellow at Third Way, a DC-based Think Tank, supporting their Clean Energy Portfolio. He was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory from January 2013 through January 2016. Prior to INL he was a Professor in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin, a position held from September 2003 through December 2012. From March 2008-December 2012, he was concurrently the Scientific Director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility at IN. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he was a Nuclear Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory-West in Idaho Falls. His Doctoral Degree is in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (1997) and his Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Engineering is from Northwestern University (1984). Prior to graduate work, he was an officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program.