The Wyoming Energy Authority, Wyoming Business Council, and University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, in partnership with the Atlantic Council, are pleased to host the Frontiers Project Meeting, the third in a series hosted as part of the Frontiers Project. This discussion will provide key input to strategic planning for the economic development of frontier regions. As global markets increasingly demand low-emission products, frontier regions will likely see opportunities to diversify and grow their manufacturing sectors with low emissions manufacturing. A key element of this shift will be advanced energy systems, including advanced nuclear energy.


8:30 – 8:35 a.m. (MT)

Welcome remarks

Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council

Morning keynote

The Hon. Mark Gordon,  Governor, Wyoming (virtual)

8:35 – 8:45 a.m. (MT)
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. (MT)

Fireside chat

The Hon. Dr. Ernest Moniz,  President and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Futures Initiative 

Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus, Venrock

Investment climate for disruptive nuclear designs and applications

Dr. Carly Anderson, Principal, Prelude Ventures
Jeff Brown, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh, Principal, Data Collective Venture Capital
Dr. Albert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus, Venrock

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. (MT)
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (MT)

Coffee break

The Future of Wyoming industrial and economic development

Joshua Dorrell, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Business Council
Betsey Hale, Chief Executive Officer, Cheyenne LEADS
Christopher Levesque, President and Chief Executive Officer, TerraPower
Tara Righetti, SER Professor Law, University of Wyoming College of Law
Mike Wandler, President, L&H Industrial

Eric Protzer, Research Fellow, Harvard Growth Lab

11:00 – 12:15 p.m. (MT)
12:15 – 12:25 p.m. (MT

Closing morning remarks

Dr. Jess Gehin, Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory


12:25 – 1:25 p.m. (MT)
1:25 – 1:30 p.m. (MT)

Afternoon keynote

Adam Stewart, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Wyoming remarks

The Hon. Donald Burkhart (R-House District 15), Representative, Wyoming State Legislature

1:30 – 1:40 p.m. (MT)
1:40 – 2:55 p.m. (MT)

Global markets for low-emission goods

Joe Jacobson, Vice President, Private Equity, McKinley Management LLC
Dr. Mike Goff,
Senior Advisor in the Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy
Florian Herrmann,
Chief Executive Officer, Herrmann Global
Dr. Holly Krutka,
Executive Director, University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Rex Lewis,
President, Puma Steel

Dr. Kathleen Araújo,
Director, Energy Policy Institute with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies; Associate Professor, Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy, Boise State University


2:55 – 3:15 p.m. (MT)
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. (MT)

Twenty-first century safety regulation of nuclear energy technologies: Facing reality and finding efficiency

The Hon. Jeffrey Merrifield, Global Energy Section Leader and Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
The Hon. Kristine Svinicki,
Adjunct Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan
Mary Throne,
Commissioner, Wyoming Public Service Commission
Rumina Velshi,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Carlos Leipner,
Director, Nuclear Energy Strategy, Clean Air Task Force

Fireside chat; Wyoming, Idaho, and “Frontiers” regions

Dr. Glen Murrell, Executive Director, Wyoming Energy Authority
Dr. John Wagner, Laboratory Director, Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)


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