John Wagner

Idaho National Laboratory

Laboratory Director

Dr. John C. Wagner is the director of Idaho National Laboratory and president of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC. He is responsible for management and integration of a large, multipurpose laboratory whose mission focuses on nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and energy and environmental science and technology. He manages this U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory of approximately 5,700 scientists, engineers, and support staff in multiple nuclear and nonnuclear experimental facilities, with an annual budget of over $1.6 billion. Wagner is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and recipient of the 2013 E.O. Lawrence Award. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 refereed journal and conference articles, technical reports, and conference summaries. He received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1992, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

Sessions With John Wagner

Thursday, 10 March

  • 10:30am - 11:10am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 04:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 05:10 pm

    Nuclear's Role in Achieving Net Zero

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    Across the energy value chain, companies and governments are addressing the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power generation emits no greenhouse gases and can therefore be an important component in the drive toward reducing emissions and combatting climate change. However, nuclear power generation has encountered stubborn obstacles including delays and cost overruns, disposal of high-level waste, and fear of operating accidents. A combination of new technologies, smaller scale plants, and significant nuclear plant development in certain countries may be tipping the scales toward a nuclear renaissance. What are the promises and risks of nuclear power’s role in achieving net zero