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Application Deadline Extension!

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We heard that some of you still want to apply, and need a little bit more time. We listened, and we've extended the deadline for Student Applications to March 1, 2017. Students will be notified about acceptance by March 31, 2017. The Professional Applications will stay open through June, and we will evaluate applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply the more likely there will still be space. Check out what our past students and have said about the program and where they've gone so far! - Ian Hamilton - Aries Loumis - Megan Casper - Jing Hu
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Terrestrial Energy Endorsement

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The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp is a much-needed reboot button for the nuclear power industry.  Innovation is critically essential for the survival of any industry.  Unfortunately, our industry has seen virtually no innovation since the 1960s.  The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp reawakens a moribund industry, gives it purpose, and attracts and trains and inspires the next generation of innovators and executives and advocates. Canon Bryan, Co-Founder, Terrestrial Energy
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Checking in with our Innovators: Jing Hu

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Jing Hu is currently working at Argonne National Lab, where she works as a materials scientist on candidate materials for future reactors. Though her research is narrowly focused, Jing said the broad knowledge Bootcamp provided aids her understanding of the impacts her research has in a larger context. "The bootcamp also open[ed] my eyes about the possible areas I can devote to" in the future, she said. Her group worked on a project about parallel licensing in multiple countries for advanced nuclear reactors; their paper, The Importance of International Collaboration and Parallel Licensing for Advanced Nuclear Reactors, is forthcoming in the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. For many students late in their studies or professionals just starting their careers, Jing explained the value of the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp: "I came to understand…
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Checking in with our Innovators: Megan Casper

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Originally hailing from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Megan Casper grew up with nuclear research in her backyard. Fascinated by the exciting work taking place in her hometown, Megan chose to study international affairs and energy policy as a student at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She recognized that the “nuclear industry needs translators—approachable, but well-informed mouthpieces—to bring about a change in attitude at both the grass roots and national levels.” This mission to deconstruct the complexities of nuclear and make the science accessible to the public is what led her to become a 2016 Innovator. Megan is now the Program Manager for the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), a DC-based organization that represents communities adjacent to national laboratories and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. In this role she…
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Checking in with our Innovators: Aries Loumis

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In the second of our checking in series, we're highlighting Aries Loumis, a senior at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He came into Bootcamp with the outline of a company already created, but was losing his passion. This is what he has to say about his experience: "The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp revitalized my faith in the nuclear industry. It helped me realize that even though there are difficult paths in licensing and social stigma that there is no reason to be discouraged... I got to make friends from all around the world, long lasting professional relationships with people in my field, and it gave me the confidence and proper guidance to believe that I can be the CEO of a nuclear startup." This passion, excitement, and commitment is the hallmark…
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Checking in with our Innovators: Ian Hamilton

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Ian Hamilton, who participated in the 2016 Bootcamp, is now participating in the Chain Reaction Innovations program at Argonne National Lab. The program is modeled after Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a 2016 Bootcamp supporter. It aims to bring business-minded scientists into contact with lab experts in order to push their science and their companies closer to market. Ian's company bridges recycling and energy generation to create power from nuclear waste. He told us "Bootcamp significantly contributed [to] getting into the CRI program here at Argonne." This was a result of the networking he was able to do during Bootcamp, but also because "the knowledge [Ian] learned while at Bootcamp helped [him] answer some of the tougher questions from the judges" during the last few rounds of interviews. We know…
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Sponsorships

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We are delighted that this year we already have sponsorship commitments from Bechtel, NuScale Power, Terrestrial Energy, and a number of personal donors who are committed to supporting this event.
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Organizing Team

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Many minds bringing the bootcamp to you: this year our organizing team at Berkeley is joined by MIT, TAMU, VCU, and UW-Madison—more expertise from more regions of the U.S. coming together for the same mission.
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