Nuclear Engineering in the Field

Arboretum Longnecker Gardens

Longenecker Horticultural Gardens at the UW Arboretum

A lovely summer day in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum was the setting for Bascom Hill Society members and guests to grapple with some weighty issues. More than 130 attended the luncheon featuring Professor of Engineering Michael L. Corradini.

Corradini is an expert in the field of nuclear engineering and was appointed co-chair of the American Nuclear Society Special Commission on Fukushima-Daiichi after the nuclear reactors there were damaged by the tsunami generated after the March earthquake that hit the east coast of northern Japan. His presentation, “Could it Happen Here?” offered an assessment of current practices in the U.S. and identified opportunities for improvement.

The Bascom Hill Society Showcase Series offers dining, conversation and stimulating presentations by UW-Madison faculty and staff. Held throughout the year at various campus locations, the series is designed to bring interesting, topical, entertaining and even controversial topics to Society members in an intimate and friendly setting. The next Showcase luncheon will be held on July 26 and feature Professor Katherine Cramer Walsh.