To expand our ability to improve the environment and global health, a new level of innovation in Nuclear Energy is needed. The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp in a new program to train the next generation of students in developing and executing ideas that work in the world--providing them the tools to make a real impact. UC Berkeley and the Nuclear Innovation Alliance partnered with Third Way and a collection of leading companies, laboratories, and universities for a two-week program from August 1-12, 2016. Twenty five students were trained in entrepreneurship and nuclear-specific concerns beyond standard university education and put that training to use through team design projects. The bootcamp featured speakers from successful startups both within and outside nuclear energy, and mentors from across the country were available for the teams. BIDS Senior Fellow Rachel Slaybaugh was one of the speakers at this event.
Rachel Slaybaugh is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Slaybaugh researches computational methods applied to nuclear reactors, nuclear non-proliferation and security, and shielding. She recently served as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and has served on the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee (NEAC). She is the founding Board Chair for Good Energy Collective, and a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. Prof. Slaybaugh is developing programs to train and inspire the next generation to innovate in clean energy, including the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp, and also focuses on improving transparency and reproducibility in computational science and scientific publication.