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Seminar June 9 – The How and What of Creating a Nuclear Research Center: An Expert’s Perspective

The Skoltech Center for Nuclear Systems and Materials is work-in-progress. In the run-up to its launch, Dr. Leslie Jardine, an independent consultant and expert on nuclear fuel cycle, will present his perspective on how to establish and run this CREI (Center for Research and Education).

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Image courtesy Mooshuu, Flickr


 Speaker: Dr. Leslie J Jardine

When: June 9, 2014, 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Beijing-1 Auditorium, China cluster, Skolkovo School of Management


The implementation of the proposed CREI (Center for Research, Education and Innovation) for Nuclear Systems and Materials Technologies at Skoltech offers both common as well as unique challenges and issues compared to other Skoltech CREI’s that do not involve nuclear materials or radioactive materials. These main challenges and issues need as first step to be identified, defined, organized and incorporated into an implementation strategy and vision for the CREI.

Dr. Jardine has over four decades of work experience in nuclear technologies and the nuclear fuel cycle involving science, R&D and applied nuclear projects. Some of this experience will be summarized and used to illustrate several examples of challenges and issues that the CREI for Nuclear Technologies must address in its startup, implementation and integration into, and with, Skoltech’s nuclear systems and materials education and innovation activities.

In addition, he will highlight some Russian (Rosatom) nuclear fuel cycle activities and multiple Rosatom organization’s with whom he has worked for the past 18 years on Rosatom’s applied nuclear projects and Federal Targeted Programs with further examples. Rosatom and their nuclear power and nuclear fuel cycle strategy and its implementation into the global world markets is a primary customer and market respectively that the CREI for Nuclear Systems and Materials Technologies, as well as Skoltech itself, must address in their implementation activities over the next decade and beyond.


Dr. Leslie L. Jardine

Dr. Leslie L. Jardine


Dr. Leslie Jardine is an independent consultant for technical, scientific and management activities for the nuclear fuel cycle. He retired from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2006 and worked previously at two other DOE National Laboratories and one private engineering company.

Dr. Jardine received his PhD and MS in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent four postdoctoral years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, seven years at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, seven years at Bechtel National in San Francisco, a private engineering company and seventeen years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. After retirement Dr. Jardine performed independent technical, scientific and management consulting for multiple clients including the US Department of Energy-Nuclear Energy, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Carnegie Endowment Foundation Moscow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Bechtel National Inc. He is an expert on the Russian (Rosatom) nuclear fuel cycle.

Dr. Jardine is an author or co-author of 3 books, over 140 journal or proceedings articles and over 110 reports on radioactive decay, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, fissile materials disposition, nuclear weapons component manufacturing, radioactive waste management, spent fuel storage, plutonium packaging and storage, non aqueous fuel reprocessing, geologic disposal, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear measurement instrument calibration.

He is a former Chairman of the Atomic Industrial Forum’s High‑Level Radioactive Waste Subcommittee and Spent Fuel Subcommittee member, and the recipient of the 1971 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Northern California Edward Teller Award. He was an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship recipient from 1967 to 1969.

Dr Jardine is member of the American Nuclear Society, a Waste Management Symposium Fellow and member of the National Ski Patrol.

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