President Trump Will Nominate Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary
President Donald Trump announced last week that he will nominate current Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette as the Department of Energy’s next Secretary. The announcement follows the news that current Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down December 1st. In a tweet, President Trump stated “Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!” In the past, Brouillette has led policy teams at financial services company USAA and Ford Motor Co. He has also served on the Louisiana Sate Mineral and Energy Board and worked as chief of staff for the Energy and Commerce Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA). According to Politico Brouillette has “a reputation around Washington as a pragmatist who can break through policy log jams” and that “during the Bush administration, he was a key figure in laying the groundwork for what became the 2005 Energy Policy Act.”
MIT to Offer Nuclear Energy Education Online Course Due to Initial Success
According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more than 3,000 users from 137 countries signed up for the University’s Department of Nuclear Energy’s debut massive open online course (MOOC) last year. The course, named Nuclear Energy: Science, Systems and Society, debuted last year on MITx. Because of its success, MIT has announced that it will offer the course again in the spring of 2020 with certain upgrades. Jacopo Buongiorno, the TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and one of the course instructors stated that “We had hoped there was an appetite in the general public for information about nuclear energy and technology…We were fully confirmed by this first offering.” The course lasts for nine weeks and provides a primer on nuclear energy and radiation and wide-ranging applications of nuclear technology in medicine, security, energy, and research. The aim of the course is not just research but to also capture the interest of audiences from abroad.
Anne White, Professor and Head of MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering said that “The MOOC builds on a tradition in our department of a first-year seminar that exposes students to a broad overview of the field…We set ourselves the challenge of translating the experience of being MIT first-years, who jump into something they know nothing about, and come out with excitement for the foundations of the field and its frontiers.” For more details, please see here.
Source: MIT News
Perry Promotes Advanced Reactors to the European Union
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Belgium this week to meet with his European Union counterparts to discuss nuclear projects. U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland was also present at the meeting and the two reportedly were promoting cooperation between both sides and also praised the U.S. energy plan as a better alternative to the Russia proposals. On October 21st, the Secretary tweeted: “I am delighted to be working together with my EU counterparts on nuclear energy on both ends of the Atlantic. We understand how it can enhance our energy security and extend our prosperity while maintaining our freedom.” Small modular reactors were a topic of discussion among the U.S. and EU officials and after the meeting, Perry released a statement describing how small modular reactors will offer clean and reliable energy, helping Europe to achieve energy security.
Source: One America News Network