Speech by Dr. Peter Lyons
On April 21, 2009, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Dr. Peter Lyons addressed members of the Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering as part of their ongoing Invited Speaker Series, "Nuclear Technology and Society." Dr. Lyons also participated in a Student Roundtable, and a reception in honor of his visit preceded the talk.
Dr. Lyons spoke about "The Role of a Nuclear Regulator," giving his perspective on the necessity of a strong independent regulatory authority for any country that utilizes nuclear energy in its quest for energy diversity and security. He also addressed the current and future roles of the NRC.
Dr. Peter B. Lyons became a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on January 25, 2005. As a Commissioner, Dr. Lyons has focused on the safety of operating reactors and on the importance of learning from operating experience, even as new reactor licensing and possible construction emerges. He has emphasized that NRC and its licensees must remain strong and vigilant components of our Nation's integrated defenses against terrorism, and he has been a consistent voice for improving NRC partnerships with the States.
To see the announcement of Dr. Lyons' speech, which includes a short biography, click here.
The Nuclear Engineering Department at Texas A&M University celebrates the challenge of exploring the rich interface between nuclear technology and society by sponsoring a lecture series by experts representing the broad spectrum of nuclear technology in today's world, and the special policy and sociological issues that are engendered by its application.
For more information on the Invited Speaker Series, click here.