The Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University will host the US Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation Edward McGinnis and his team on Friday, March 27. McGinnis will present a lecture, “Perspective on the Changing Global Landscape of Nuclear Energy Development,” at the Center for Leadership and Service in Benedict College at 3 pm followed by a Q&A session. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Abstract: Post Fukushima, global expansion of nuclear energy is still occurring in both existing and new markets. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that there are 440 operating power plants and more than 68 under construction worldwide. The World Nuclear Association estimates that 172 reactors are planned in 26 countries in the next 15 years. The global nuclear landscape is shifting from the US and West Europe to the Far East, Africa, Middle East and Central Europe. The implications of this shift are enormous. As these newcomer countries develop nuclear power programs and continue to move forward, the US supports their access to nuclear power for peaceful purpose. The US will continue to promote and foster the safe and secure use of nuclear power globally through bilateral and multilateral engagements to include research, development and deployment cooperation.
About Edward McGinnis
McGinnis is responsible for the DOE’s international civilian nuclear energy activities, including international nuclear energy research, development and demonstration cooperation, international framework and partnership development, international nuclear energy policy, and other international civilian nuclear energy-related activities carried out by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. As part of these responsibilities, he serves as steering group chairman of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation that consists of more than 60 countries and serves as the departmental representative to the US Trade and Promotion Coordination Committee on civil nuclear energy matters.
Within the Office of Nuclear Energy, McGinnis has also served as a vice chairman and principal US representative to the Generation IV International Forum and was responsible for US domestic nuclear fuel assurance matters, including technical oversight activities regarding the United States Enrichment Corporation, uranium inventory management matters, as well as US nuclear energy security matters.
Prior to working in the Office of Nuclear Energy, McGinnis led a number of other high-priority US government initiatives at the DOE. He holds a master’s degree from The American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows Program as well as the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University.