Executive Director, Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)
Dale E. Klein, PhD
Associate Vice Present For Research, Associate Director of Energy Institute, UT Austin
Fred C. Beach, PhD
Assistant Direct of Policy Studies, UT Austin
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation
“Pandora’s Promise”, is a controversial new film that examines several environmentalists and energy experts‚ conversion from fiercely anti- to strongly pro-nuclear power. To learn more and view a trailer visit the film’s website and read a review in the Austin American-Statesman.
The screening will be preceded by a networking reception and followed by a Q&A session and panel discussion moderated by Energy Institute Assistant Director Dr. Fred Beach. Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Dr. Dale Klein, an associate director at the Energy Institute, and Karen Hadden, executive director of the SEED Coalition, will participate in the discussion and answer questions from the audience.
Karen Hadden has worked for the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition since 2000, becoming the Executive Director in 2003. She advocates for improving public health and the environment through clean air and clean energy.Karen works for increased use of energy efficiency and renewable solar, wind and geothermal energy in Texas. She founded Solar Austin in 2003, an organization that has won commitments for strong efficiency and solar programs at Austin Energy. She has fought to clean up of existing coal-burning power plants and has organized citizen and legal opposition to the additional nuclear reactors proposed for Comanche Peak and the South Texas Project.Karen has won awards for her organizing work from the Lone Star Sierra Club, SAAPAC in San Antonio and the League of Women Voters of Texas. A UT Biology graduate, she previously taught high school biology, chemistry and physical science in Austin and El Paso, Texas.
Dale E. Klein, PhD
Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commission. Before joining the NRC, Dr. Klein served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. In this position he served as the principal; staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology for all policy and planning matters related to nuclear weapons and nuclear, chemical and biological defense. Previously Dr. Klein served as the Vice-Chancellor for Special Engineering Programs at the University of Texas System and as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Nuclear Program) at the University of Texas at Austin. He was Director of the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy Studies, and Associate Dean for Research and Administration in the College of Engineering. He has made more than 300 presentations and has written numerous technical editorials on energy issues that have been published in major newspapers throughout the United States.
Fred C. Beach, PhD
Dr. Beach is the Assistant Director for Energy & Technology Policy at the Energy Institute. He is responsible for conducting research and supervising studies related to the development of Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, and Technology Policy. Dr. Beach also teaches Energy Technology Policy and International Energy Policy in the Cockrell School of Engineering and McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Beach served for 25 years in the U.S. Navy, where he was a qualified Submariner, Naval Aviator, Surface Warfare Officer, and Acquisition Professional. Since retiring in 2003 he has served as a consultant on defense-related topics for the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, MITRE, Naval Research Advisory Committee, Naval Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Science Board. Dr. Beach holds a Ph.D. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; an M.S. in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University and Certified Level III DoD Acquisition Professional and Program Manager.