Guest Speaker – M1 Seminar #7 – The Future of Nuclear Power

Richard K. Lester

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Richard K. Lester, MIT

Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he is also the faculty chair of the Industrial Performance Center.  His research focuses on local, national, and international systems of innovation.  He is also active in research and teaching on nuclear technology management, innovation and control.  As head of MIT’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, he works with his colleagues to advance the Department’s role in education and research on energy and non-energy applications of nuclear science and technology. As the founding director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center, he has led several major studies of national and regional competitiveness and innovation performance commissioned by governments and industrial groups around the world.

Professor Lester is the author or co-author of eight books, including Innovation—The Missing Dimension (with Michael Piore), Making Technology Work:  Applications in Energy and the Environment (with John Deutch), The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth, and Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (with Michael Dertouzos and Robert Solow.)  His latest book, Unlocking Energy Innovation:  How America can build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System, written with David Hart, was published by MIT Press last year. Professor Lester obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College (London) and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from MIT, and he has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1979.  He serves as an advisor to corporations, governments, and non-profit groups, and speaks frequently to academic, business and general audiences throughout the world.

As the guest speaker at Mindfirst’s seventh seminar lunch titled The Future of Nuclear Power, Professor Lester will make a presentation on the value of nuclear energy for reducing greenhouse gasses and the challenges that must be overcome if nuclear is to expand around the world.

The Mindfirst Energy Seminar Series provides an unbiased, objective platform for the discussion of important energy issues. Events are held under Chatham House Rule to respect speaker confidentiality.