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Nuclear Power, An Engineering Perspective

The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College in collaboration with the IEEE Senior Engineers Group on a special topic concerning Nuclear Power. In this seminar we will hear from Edward Gellender, P.E.

In the past few years, the effect of power generation on global warming has become big news. Many formerly arcane terms such as fracking, fossil fuels, renewables, plug-in hybrids, and many others are now part of everyday conversation.

Meanwhile, the perennial monster-under-the-bed that everyone loves to hate, nuclear power, has also risen, phoenix like, as historic enemies have banded together against the common foe: the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, climate change, and global warming. Some avid environmentalists have even reconsidered their position on the risks of nuclear power and nuclear wastes, seeing a viable carbon-free transition to the inevitable, but painstakingly slow, changeover to renewable energy. 

There has been a tremendous amount of heated argument, most of it uninformed. Few understand the benefits and risks of nuclear power, certainly as compared to the alternatives. This presentation compares the detailed functioning of nuclear and fossil fuel powerplants, their benefits, and their risks. Everyone can rattle off the same list of nuclear accidents and waste disposal hysteria, but here they are dispassionately analyzed. Also, the perennial bugaboo of mass evacuations is investigated.

Edward Gellender, P.E.

Ed Gellender has worked on a wide variety of electronic - related programs including Radios, Radars, aircraft carrier landing systems, automatic train controls and even weather balloons. Recently, Ed was the cognizant engineer for the APX-122 IFF interrogator on the Navy's new E-2D radar plane, notably flight testing anti-fratricide combat ID ("Mode 5").

Ed has also worked on high power electrical distribution networks in New York City with Con Edison and the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Ed has previously delivered presentations based on IFF, radio, and redundancy in power distribution. Ed has found it intriguing how much power generation has been in the news lately, and has decided to address the current status of nuclear power and the underlying physics.

Ed received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree from CCNY exactly half a century ago, followed by some post-graduate study at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Ed is a registered Professional Engineer, licensed in New York State.

October 4th, 2018
Farmingdale State College
Lupton Hall room T101
12:00pm to 2:00pm