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Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Uranium, Conversion and Enrichment (Undergraduate Seminar)

Event Date: February 19, 2014
Speaker: Robert Brackmann
Speaker Affiliation: Dominion
Type: 3:30 p.m.
Time: Undergraduate
Location: EE 170



The front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle consists of uranium mining, conversion, enrichment and fuel fabrication.  This talk will cover uranium mining through enrichment.  We will cover the technical considerations, geography and the engineering economics of this portion of the nuclear fuel cycle.


Robert completed his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in 2006 and recently (2013) achieved his MBA with a finance concentration at Virginia Commonwealth University.

During his time at Purdue, Robert was a 5-session cooperative education student at Dominion, working in nuclear core design and in reactor engineering at one of the nuclear stations. Following graduation, Robert began his professional career with Dominion performing thermal-hydraulic and transient safety analysis.  He later transitioned to a role to help ensure the mechanical performance of the nuclear fuel by visiting fuel fabrication facilities and examining irradiated fuel assemblies at the nuclear stations.  After receiving his MBA, Robert moved into his current role as Nuclear Fuel Procurement Specialist where he is responsible for analysis, planning, and purchasing on the front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle.