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UC Irvine to Host Seminar Regarding California's Nuclear Power Plants; June 16 Event Will Discuss Recent Nuclear Technology Advances That May Address California's Increasing Electricity Demand.

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine will host a seminar on Friday, June 16 titled "Alternative Energy for California: Nuclear Plants." The event will take place at the UC Irvine University Club from 7 a.m. to noon.

The seminar will explore recent advances in nuclear technology that could provide more than the 20 percent of electric energy currently produced in California. Speakers include representatives from the American Nuclear Society, ARIVA North America, California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, General Electric, Southern California Edison, and Westinghouse.

Presentations include:
"The Electricity Demand and Planning in California"
Speaker: David Vidaver, California Energy Commission (CEC)
California's electricity outlook and long-term resource planning.

"Electricity Supply for Southern California, 2025"
Speaker: Brian Katz, Southern California Edison
Plans for new supplies will be discussed, as well as the role of
nuclear energy from the San Onofre generating station.

"The Nuclear Energy Experience in France"
Speaker: Bernard Esteve, ARIVA North America
In addition to describing the French nuclear system, the talk will
cover France's nuclear waste disposal.

"Making Nuclear Power a Choice"
Speaker: John M. Stamos, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of
Current status for building new nuclear power plants. The U.S.
government is seeking to improve the policy framework to enable easier
permitting and construction.

"Recent Advances in Reactor Design"
Speakers: Thomas Caine, General Electric and Michael Wade,
Both nuclear power plant suppliers are in the process of regulatory
approval of several new power plants in the eastern United States. The
new designs promise to be safer, more economical, and of a simpler

"Nuclear Power - Electricity and More"
Speaker: John M. Stamos, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of
An environmental perspective on the global environmental benefits of
nuclear power generation.

"New Reactors Under Construction in the World"
Speaker: Edward Quinn, Past President, American Nuclear Society
At present there are 26 new nuclear power plants under construction
outside the United States. This presentation will provide an overview
of the different design features, as well as a review of waste

Register to Attend

This event is open to the public. Cost $25, includes a buffet breakfast. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to or call 949-824-4757. Visit for more information.

The UC Irvine University Club is located at 801 E. Peltason Drive, UC Irvine campus; directions:

About The Henry Samueli School of Engineering: The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine is one of the nation's fastest-growing engineering schools, attracting talented engineering faculty and students from across the nation and abroad. The school consists of five departments: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and mechanical and aerospace engineering; and is home to numerous research centers, including the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing. Additionally, it is a major participant in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Further, more than a third of the school's faculty members are fellows in professional societies and seven have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering. For more information, please visit

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3 billion. For more UCI news, visit

Television: UCI has a broadcast studio available for live or taped interviews. For more information, visit

News Radio: UCI maintains on campus an ISDN for conducting interviews with its faculty and experts. The use of this line is available free of charge to radio news programs/stations who wish to interview UCI

faculty and experts. Use of ISDN line limited by availability and approval by the university.

UCI maintains an online directory of faculty available as experts to the media. To access, visit
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