The 2007 ANS Winter Meeting, Boston

Having done well with our Summer meeting in Reno, we continued onto the Winter meeting in Boston

Keynote at this meeting was Sam Bodman, Secretary, Department of Energy, in the Bush Administration.

Mr. Bodman completed his Doctor of Science in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the next six years he served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and began his work in the financial sector as Technical Director of the American Research and Development Corporation, a venture capital firm.

From there, Bodman went to Fidelity Venture Associates, a division of the Fidelity Investments. In 1983 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments and a Director of the Fidelity Group of Mutual Funds. In 1987, he joined Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based Fortune 300 company with global business activities in specialty chemicals and materials, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director.

Bodman is a former Director of M.I.T.'s School of Engineering Practice and a former member of the M.I.T. Commission on Education. He also served as a member of the Executive and Investment Committees at M.I.T., a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Aquarium.


Dr. Ian Hutchinson: A nuclear engineer and physicist who is currently Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has made a number of important contributions to the fields of nuclear engineering and nuclear physics and has also written about the philosophy of science and the relationship between religion and science.

Hutchinson performed experimental research on one of the earliest tokamaks to be operated outside of the Soviet Union. He engaged in further research at MIT during its first major tokamak research initiative, before doing research for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He returned to MIT in 1983 as a faculty member in the Nuclear Engineering Department, and served as the Head of the Department of Nuclear Physics and Engineering from 2003 to 2009.

A tokamak (Russian: ???????) is a device that uses a powerful magnetic field to confine a hot plasma in the shape of a torus. The tokamak is one of the several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power. As of 2018, it is the leading candidate for a practical fusion reactor.

MIT Plasma & Fusion Center

Mr. John Ritch also addressed this convention, in 2007 he was Director of the World Nuclear Association, UK.

John Ritch served as leader of the World Nuclear Associatin industry group from January 2001 through April 2012, announcing he would retire from the post this year. Ritch built the WNA from the foundations of the former Uranium Institute.

Prior to this, Ritch had spent seven years as US Ambassador to UN organisations in Vienna, notably the International Atomic Energy Agency.