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To spark innovation in nuclear energy we must have the entire workforce tackling big challenges together. We need to create our clean tomorrow today.

2017 PROGRAM: From July 16–29, 2017, UC Berkeley will host the second annual Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp. Bridging nuclear engineering, energy economics, and other subjects, the program will consist of a series of modules from Silicon Valley and nuclear experts. Selected early-to-mid-career professionals will join our students for one to two day modules to develop targeted expertise in areas needed for nuclear entrepreneurship and innovation. These professionals will learn side by side with select students and contribute their expertise to the student group design projects. These projects will culminate in product pitches, which will be open to the public and streamed online. This model allows for cross-pollination of ideas, knowledge transfer, and enthusiasm transfer.

    Business Development and Customer Focus – July 18 & 19
  • Advanced Reactor Technology – July 20 & 21
    Licensing and Export Control – July 24
    Markets, Financing, and Long-lead Planning – July 25 & 26
  • Government, Policy, and Communications – July 26 & 27

Professionals may elect to participate in one or more modules. They will will lend their expertise to the student design groups and work with our expert mentors. Each group will develop a technology and business plan in small groups that they believe can address a problem in the nuclear industry. The professionals will have the opportunity to guide design projects, work closely with motivated students, and learn skills they can bring back to their corporate settings.

BENEFITS OF INVOLVEMENT: The 2017 Bootcamp will provide tangible benefits for both professional participants and their companies.

  • Participants will develop expertise in selected module topic(s) they can bring back to their company.
  • Participants will leave with new ideas and approaches for solutions to important challenges.
  • Participants will be reinvigorated about the future of the industry.
  • Companies and participants will develop contacts with experts in innovative thinking across and outside of the nuclear industry.
  • Companies will attract the best and the brightest to work on their problems.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for professional participation in the Bootcamp are available on our website. Applications require a letter of recommendation from a manager and a short statement of intention.

Registration for each module is $2,000 and includes classroom instruction in addition to time working on design projects and informal networking events. Registration includes lunch each day. It will not include housing, travel support, other meals or additional events. More information about each module will be posted to our website as it becomes available.