aud holds nuclear energy workshop

Published May 31st, 2009 - 07:08 GMT

AUD’s School of Engineering educates on the safe and reliable operation of nuclear facilities

The American University in Dubai (AUD), in collaboration with ABSG Consulting - leading independent global provider of Risk Management Services, held on campus a two-day workshop entitled, "Nuclear Energy in UAE: Vision and Future."

Commenting on the vital importance of such a workshop, Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at AUD, emphasizes:
“As the UAE embarks on its initiative to develop a peaceful nuclear energy program, it is of utmost importance to equip our future engineers with superior knowledgeable in this field. By hosting this workshop, AUD’s School of Engineering is leading the way in educating students and professionals on the relevant technical issues, including safe and reliable operation of nuclear facilities.”

The event was attended by the AUD faculty, students and prominent dignitaries from the nuclear energy industry. Dr. David Johnson, and Dr. Mehdi Sarram, of ABSG Consulting in Irvine, California (CA), lectured at the workshop emphasizing the theme of nuclear energy in the United Arab Emirates. They elaborated on how the government of the UAE has made a decision to embark on peaceful nuclear power program and has committed to all of the obligations brought forward by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The workshop also highlighted plans in the UAE for the construction of a few large nuclear power plants for production of electricity in the near future. 

ABSG Consulting has its Middle East Headquarters in Dubai and has been active in the region for the past three decades. Their office in Irvine, CA, is reckoned as a center of excellence on nuclear projects. In November 2008, the company’s nuclear experts from the US and UK attended the MENA Nuclear Conference in Doha, Qatar, and later met with AUD’s senior management to discuss prospective training projects to be offered to the University’s students.
Since its inception in 1971, ABSG Consulting has expanded its capabilities by acquiring EQE International, PLG and JBF Associates, and has broadened its focus and provided services to the global market sector, thus providing nuclear services in more than 20 countries.

About the Speakers:
David Johnson holds a Science Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT (1979). He has more than 30 years of experience in risk-based analysis for industry and government applications, assessment of seismic vulnerabilities, transmission systems and access roadways, and plant aging vulnerability. He is currently Vice President Quantitative Risk Assessment and Management at ABSG Consulting Inc.
His extensive experience and knowledge in all facets of nuclear reactor Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRA) and expertise include probabilistic modeling and investigation of impacts of industrial endeavors, the development of quantitative risk assessment methods, and the practical application of these methods to support risk management.

Mehdi Sarram holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (1967). He has over 40 years of experience in managing multidiscipline technical groups. The scope of his experience covers US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensed Department of Energy (DOE) facilities and Canadian licensed nuclear power plants. He has worked with the NRC on regulatory and licensing issues since its establishment in 1975.
His extensive experience includes design certification of advanced light water reactors and preparation of safety analysis reports. He is a former member of the ANS Standard Steering Committee, as well as a former member of the Nuclear Energy Institute Working Group on MOX fuel. His work experience includes appointments with AREVA, Raytheon Nuclear, and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria.

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