Nuclear power is still a major source of energy for electricity generation and military applications primarily nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. For example, France gets approximately 70% of its electricity from nuclear power and there are well over 100 military ships powered by nuclear fission worldwide. Additionally, nuclear reactors are the source for many radioisotopes that are and have been important in medicine and other fields. The story of the early development of nuclear power is rich in applied science, engineering, successes and failures, management “learnings”, government involvement and the pivotal role of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program.
Our speaker, Ed Erickson has broad and deep experience in management of businesses and organizations based heavily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He holds a BS in math with a minor in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MS in math from the same institution obtained through a NASA Traineeship. His research activities included work in high-energy particle physics. Ed also holds an MBA from Harvard University with high distinction. Early in his career he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program where he qualified in submarines on the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) and for operation, maintenance and supervision of naval nuclear power plants. His commercial experience includes over 30 years in the biotech industry, including businesses using, producing and marketing reactor and cyclotron-produced radioisotopes.