Director, Gateway Advancing Innovation Nuclear, INL

In this episode we discuss...

  • Rita's start in Materials Engineering at MIT, her transition into the space research world

  • Her work at Westinghouse in their fuel fabrication facility

  • Scouting "Game Changing" technologies across robotics, advanced reactors, advanced chemical engineering, advanced manufacturing, digital instrumentation and control

  • How her experience working between Westinghouse and the Labs helped her understand the shortcomings she needed to fix from the inside

  • GAIN initiatives: Vouchers, Workshops, Facilitating industry work with the labs

  • Fuel testing for advanced reactors and the need to build a domestic Fast Test Reactor

  • The formation of a 30 Million dollar per year for 5 years open ended funding opportunity

  • A quick discussion of the NRC modernizing their licensing framework

Rita Baranwal

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