Events

Feb 27

Nuclear Security After the Summits

101 Reber
4 p.m.

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Ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate is currently a consultant to the Third Way’s project on advanced nuclear reactors and national security, and to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From 2016 to 2017, Amb. Holgate represented the United States at the International Atomic Energy Agency and UN offices in Vienna. In this role, she advanced U.S. priorities in nonproliferation, nuclear security, and verification of the Iran nuclear deal. From 2009 to 2016, Amb. Holgate was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council, where she coordinated the development of national policies and programs to thwart terrorist access to and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. She was the U.S. Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summits and co-led the Global Health Security Agenda. Amb. Holgate held senior positions at the non-profit Nuclear Threat Initiative as well as the Departments of Energy and Defense, in which she designed and implemented innovative approaches to reducing the weapons of mass destruction threats posed by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Amb. Holgate holds degrees from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Feb 27

Phonon Light Switches: Leveraging Vibrations to Create Actively Tunable IR Filters

135 Reber Building
4 p.m.

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Mar 29

The Evolution of Nuclear Safety Engineering as it applies to Nuclear Weapons

135 Reber Building
4 p.m.

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Formerly the Vice President of Weapons Engineering and Product Realization and the Chief Engineer for Nuclear Weapons for Sandia National Laboratories, Gary A. Sanders led the sustainment, maintenance, and assessment of the current strategic stockpile warhead systems and components; modernization life extension programs and alterations; exploration of advanced weapon architectures and technologies; pursuit of engineering excellence improvements; and assisted in the formulation of Sandia nuclear weapons policy and strategy.  He has also represented Sandia in national venues on nuclear weapons strategy and planning.

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519