Next Dinner Meeting - Monday, May 21st at the Pfizer Building (Venue) (Reserve Now)

Topic: Fundamentals of Nuclear Power for Submarines
Nuclear Reactor diagram

Speaker: Weida Zhang, Advanced Reactor and Refueling Engineer at BMPC (Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp.)

Weida graduated with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2014. While a student, he was involved in AIChE's Chem-E car competition and such research topics as the selective catalytic reduction of NOx. After attending the Nuclear Power School in 2015, Weida has worked to train U.S. Navy Officers, as well as enlisted sailors, and to operate a nuclear-powered prototype plant.

USS Washington
Abstract: In the last century, submarines have played a major role in naval superiority and changes in defense policy. Since the world's first nuclear powered submarine broke every speed and distance record set by conventional diesel-electric boats, nuclear power has helped to shape and define the U.S. Navy's role in today's world.

In this presentation, Weida will discuss the conception and history of the U.S. Navy and Army programs, the theory and advantages of nuclear power, and the concerns with disposal of irradiated material. The focus will be on fundamental concepts of a nuclear-powered plant and the driving factors causing the shift to nuclear over conventional power. Concepts unique to nuclear-power plants will provide insight into the additional considerations needed when dealing with radioactive and fissile material, as well as the context to the environmental and public health effects of radiation.

The May 21st AIChE, Metro NY Section's Dinner meeting will be held at the Pfizer Building. Enter via 235 East 42nd Street (between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan) to pick up your badge. You must be pre-registered to gain access to this meeting.

When: Monday, May 21st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30-6:15 pm: Registration, Networking & Buffet Dinner; 6:15-7:30 pm: Program). Reserve now.

Where: Pfizer Building, 219 East 42nd Street, Manhattan. Map

: for Networking, Buffet, and Program. • Members of AIChE, Metro NY Section: $25; • Non- Members: $40; • Students (Undergraduates): Free for undergrads, who register by Thursday, 5/17; $5 afterwards. You must register; • Graduate Students: $10.

Fees and Deadlines: varies by professional category.
Members and Guests:
* Members of the Local Section $25;
* Guests and Non-Members: $40.
• PDH credits (when offered): an addit. $10.

Please note that this event has traditionally sold out.
Reserve now.

: Students: Undergraduates - Free. Seating is limited, so please register early. How to Register.

Graduate Students
: $10. Please reserve here. (Please also register after paying by credit card.)

: No reservations taken after Thursday, May 17th at 5 pm ET.

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If you are not a Member of this Section, you can apply the $15 additional amount paid as a Dinner Meeting Guest to a full Membership for 2018. Please notify Treasurer Andrew Sung that you wish to be a Member. Register Now.
Save the Dates: 2018 Meeting Dates

2018 Dinner Meetings at the Pfizer Building
• Monday, May 21st / • Monday, Jun. 18th

Monday, May 21st Meeting

Topic: Fundamentals of Nuclear Power for Submarines

Speaker: Weida Zhang, Advanced Reactor and Refueling Engineer at BMPC (Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp.)

Questions: Contact David Deutsch at or call (917) 684-1659.


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