“ Nuclear Technology and Waste Immobilization at the Savannah River Site”
The Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC was constructed in the 1950’s to produce the basic materials necessary in the fabrication of nuclear weapons, primarily tritium and plutonium-239. Five reactors were also built in an effort to produce these materials for our nation’s defense programs. In support of these efforts, the Savannah River Laboratory was created. In 2004, the lab became Savannah River National Laboratory and has three main focus areas: National Security, Environmental Stewardship, and Clean Energy. The this presentation will discuss the history of the Savannah River Site, the role of the Savannah River National Laboratory in the safety and security of the nation, as well as the immobilization of legacy nuclear waste.
Marissa Reigel is a senior engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina. Her research includes the processing, formulation, and performance properties of nuclear wasteforms as well as investigating erosion/corrosion issues associated with nuclear waste processing. She is an active member of the American Ceramic Society and ASM International. Marissa received her B.S. (’05) and Ph.D. (’09) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Reception at 3:30 p.m.