The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Andrew C. Kadak
A nuclear engineer, Kadak is a professor in MIT's nuclear science and engineering department. He is a specialist in advanced reactor design, safety analysis, and improved licensing standards for new reactor designs. Before joining MIT, he was president and CEO of Yankee Atomic Electric Company and has years of experience with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a licensee. Currently, he is the president of Kadak Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on management and strategic issues facing the nuclear power industry.
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