ACDIS and Sandia National Laboratories' are hosting a joint security seminar series during Fall 2023

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Meeting ID: 881 8700 2100
Password: ACDIS

"Project Pele: Transforming the DoD's Energy Landscape with Transportable Nuclear Reactors"
Speakers: Joseph K. Miller,President, BWXT Advanced Technologies LLC
                      Dr. Jeff Waksman, Program Manager, Strategic Capabilities Office
Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 5pm
Location(Hybrid): Veteran Center Room 1020

The DoD is one of the largest users of energy in the world, consuming around 30 terawatt-hours of electricity per year and more than 10 million gallons of fuel per day, and projections for future military operations predict energy demand will increase significantly in coming years. DoD installations need the capability to reduce their present reliance on local electric grids, which are highly vulnerable to prolonged outages from a variety of threats, such as natural disasters, cyberattacks, domestic terrorism, and grid failure from lack of maintenance and aging infrastructure. To that end, the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) initiated Project Pele, which is a 1-5 MWe transportable nuclear reactor currently being designed and built by BWXT, and targeted for initial operation at Idaho National Laboratory in late-2025.

"Navigating Security - related Internships"
Speaker:  Paisley Dirienzo, Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 5pm
Location(Hybrid): Veteran Center Room 1020
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Paisley Dirienzo is a 2021 UIUC and ACDIS alumna, and she is currently a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. She will be presenting on "Navigating Security - related Internships." The talk will discuss various internship pathways for students and offer tips and best practices for securing an internship, drawing insight from her own experience in securing internships with the State Department and from other people she knows working in national security-related jobs.

"Navigating International Relations and Security Internships"
Speaker:  Leah Matchett
Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 5pm
Location(Hybrid): Veteran Center Room 1020
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Come learn how to find, triage, and get hired in International Relations and Security internships! Former ACDIS SSG member Leah Matchett (class of 2016) will talk about her process for finding internships, making a long term plan for applications and success, and tips on getting through the interview process. Leah was a founding member of  ACDIS SSG, and has had internships at the Department of State (twice), CSIS, Harvard Managing the Atom Project, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She just completed her PhD at Stanford University.

"Career Opportunities @ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)"
Speaker: Camila Martinica
Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 5pm
Location(Hybrid): Veteran Center Room 1020

Abstract: Housed at Argonne National Laboratory, IAEA Programs works with the Department of State to serve as an interface between the IAEA and the US nuclear community, promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology, and supporting nuclear safety and security. The IAEA Careers Program encourages well-qualified US citizens to join the IAEA's professional staff in non-Safeguards departments and assists interested US candidates in applying to open positions. Interested experts may wish to subscribe to the job alerts distributed by IAEA Programs at Argonne. The United States government sponsors US citizens to work for the IAEA as Cost-Free Experts, Junior Professional Officers, and Interns. IAEA Programs coordinates these sponsorships for the IAEA's non-Safeguards departments and Offices Reporting to the Director General. IAEA Programs at Argonne promotes a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment. The IAEA is committed to gender equality and we support the Agency's mission to achieve gender balance. Women and gender nonconforming people are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants are considered.