22.812J / ESD.163J Managing Nuclear Technology

Spring 2004

A cutaway view of an emplacement drift used to store nuclear waste.
Cutaway of an emplacement drift with three types of waste packages, as planned for the Yucca Mountain Project. (Illustration courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive lecture notes and readings, plus a rich collection of related links on nuclear safety and proliferation.

Course Description

An examination of current economic and policy issues in the electric power industry, focusing on nuclear power and its fuel cycle. Introduces techniques for analyzing private and public policy alternatives, including discounted cash flow methods and other techniques in engineering economics. Application to specific problem areas, including nuclear waste management and weapons proliferation. Other topics include deregulation and restructuring in the electric power industry.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Richard Lester

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session