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Preventing Another Fukushima: The Creative Challenge of Safety

Sagacious Partners Science Caf with Dr. Ted Besmann

Join us November 10 at Speakeasy for a free, engaging talk with a cold drink in a laidback

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 5, 2015) An expert in nuclear science and technology, and SmartState
Chair in the General Atomics Center for Transformational Nuclear Technologies, Dr. Ted
Besmann will lead Science Cafs discussion on Preventing Another Fukushima: The Creative
Challenge of Safety, November 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at Speakeasy in Five Points.

After a massive earthquake and tsunami caused the nuclear plant accident at Fukushima, it has
become important to make sure nuclear energy is a safe technology. To do so, multiple plants
are taking on creative approaches. Dr. Besmann will discuss the future ideas of nuclear power
technology, along with the history and reflection on the accidents at Three Mile Island and
Fukushima, at Science Caf.

Dr. Besmann is a graduate of New York University, where he received his B.E in chemical
engineering, Iowa State University, where he received his M.S. in nuclear engineering and
Pennsylvania State University where he received his PhD in nuclear engineering.

Past employment includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Dr. Besmann was a part of the
fuel thermodynamics group and a Distinguished Member of the Research Staff while holding a
joint position in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. In 2014,
he accepted a position at the University of South Carolinas Nuclear Engineering Program where
he continues to hold the SmartState Chair in the General Atomics Center for Transformational
Nuclear Technologies.

Dr. Besmanns current research focuses on nuclear fuel analysis and high temperature materials
for energy production. He has written more than 150 journal articles and holds eight nuclear
technology patents.


Science Caf is presented monthly by SmartState and managed by Sagacious Partners.

About Science Caf
Science Caf is hosted at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal
presentations by some of South Carolina's top leaders in science and technology in a casual
atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at
Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert
mixologists behind the bar. Patrons 21 and up have the opportunity to discuss the latest
knowledge economy topics with leading researchers in a relaxed environment that encourages
questions, interruptions and discussion. For more information and to register for free admission
(and perks) for the next Science Caf, email Whitney Williams at

About Sagacious Partners
Sagacious Partners is a Columbia, S.C.-based executive coaching, economic development and
project management firm dedicated to helping companies and communities grow. As a
company, Sagacious Partners brings over 40 years of experience providing top tier strategy and
coaching, economic development and implementation experience to clients. Clients include
municipalities, universities, and regional and statewide economic development organizations
that share a common goal to create a more prosperous region. Learn more at

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