Feb 2nd 5:30-7pm

Featuring: Kent Welter

Leadership Academy Pillar: COLLABORATIVE

When working with technologies that could pose a high (perceived) risk to the public, it is important to understand how people view risk and make decisions. In this presentation, Dr. Kent Welter gave examples of how common tasks or technologies that seem like a low health risk are actually high, relatively speaking, and vice versa. In addition to exploring the human psychology behind risk perception, Welter also provided lessons learned from the nuclear industry on how to effectively engage the public when speaking about technologies that have a high perceived risk.



Dr. Kent Welter received his Ph.D. and Masters of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University, and his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He has worked as a nuclear safety professional for the U.S. government and private industry for more than a decade. Dr. Welter current leads the safety engineering group at NuScale Power, which is working to commercialize small modular nuclear reactor technology.  He was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award from OIT in 2007, the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers from OSU in 2010, and also serves currently as President for the Willamette Innovators Network Board.


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