The Event

  • The World Nuclear University is a global network committed to enhancing international education and leadership in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and the applications of nuclear science and technology. The WNU founding supporters are the IAEA, OECD/NEA, WANO and WNA.
    The WNU short course is an opportunity for emerging and expanding nuclear nations to host in their own country a training programme delivered by the world’s foremost experts in a cost-effective way.   Since the first one in China in 2007, more than forty WNU short courses with about 4000 attendees have been held.
    These courses have been held in Argentina, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. Local nuclear energy associations or governmental institutions host and promote the events.

The WNU short course on “The World Nuclear Industry Today” is designed to enhance the knowledge of attendees about the status of nuclear energy in the world today and its likely development. The course also aims to inspire attendees to further their career in this exciting and expanding field. For the participants, the expected outcomes of the WNU short courses are: • Improved knowledge about nuclear energy in the world today; • Recognition of how local skills and experience fit into the global nuclear picture; • Inspiration to develop an expansive vision of where the industry can go in the future; • Networking with nuclear professionals in their countries and with international experts.
Target participants are professionals from national nuclear research centres, local nuclear industry and potential nuclear supply chain companies, regulators and representatives of governmental bodies concerned with nuclear, environmental and energy matters, university students and academia from science and engineering departments as well as legal, social and economic fields . Depending on the host organization, invitations are extended to nearby countries.
Leading world experts will present overviews of a full range of nuclear-related topics in an accessible way. Local experts present national capabilities in the nuclear area. Lecturers are encouraged to focus on key points and draw out relevant issues for further discussion.
The WNU short course offers lectures with opportunities for question and answer sessions, technical tours to local nuclear facilities, working group activities to discuss the key points from the lectures and networking activities. All teaching is in English.
The course encompasses a range of up-to-date topics with the aim of offering essential knowledge, a global perspective and an exciting vision of the future. The curriculum is agreed with the host organization and typically covers energy demand and supply, technology, safety, project management and effective communications over about 30 hours of intensive and dynamic activity.

Lecturer Bios


  • Celso Cunha

    President ABDAN Former Comercial Director of NUCLEP Former Executive Director of Tecnosoft Engenharia Former Secretary of Science , Technology and Economic Developments at the Municipalities of Niteroi, Nova Iguaçu and Paracambi Former Program Manager at the State Secretary of Energy, nave Industry and Oil of RJ He has a Master degree and 3 MBA in an Administration, Conservation Energy and Information technology He is a specialist in a Non-differential Problem and in an optimization of systems by UFRJ and University Catholique de Namür, Belgium.
  • Abel Julio Gonzales

    Mr Abel Julio González is an argentine Academician, expert on the protection against radiation and nuclear safety and security. Representative at the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR); he has served to UNSCEAR for more than 40 years. Ex-Director of the IAEA Division of Radiation Transport and Waste Safety for 20 years. Honoured with several international awards including the Morgan Award twice in 2000 and 2003, the Sievert Prize in 2004, the Lauriston S. Taylor Lecturer Award in 2005 and the Marie Curie Prize in 2008 and the Academician Georgyi A. Zedgenidze medal in 2012.
  • Adelia Saiyun

    Physicist graduated at the Mackenzie University, Master in Nuclear Engineering from Escola Politecnica, USP. Manager of Radiation Protection and deputy director of IPEN’s Radiation Protection and Safety Directorate, from 1990-1996. CEO of ATOMO, a consulting company in safety and security areas. Participated of the revision of the IAEA SSG 6, representing ABENDI.
  • André Luis Ferreira Marques

    Current Director –  Navy Directorate for Nuclear Development (DDNM), Rear Admiral and Engineer – Brazilian Navy. Former assignments: Director of the Brazilian Navy Center of Technology in Sao Paulo (CTMSP), having under his responsibility the Brazilian Navy Nuclear Program (PNM). Superintendent of the Brazilian Navy Nuclear Program (PNM). Coordinator of the Nucleo-Electric Energy Generation Laboratory – LABGENE and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Projects. PhD and MSc at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology – MIT - USA. MSc in Nuclear Engineering at University of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Worked for the Brazilian Naval Commision in Washington - DC and at the Frigate Liberal.
  • André Luiz Salgado

    André started his career at KOBLITZ Ltda, an engineering company dedicated to energy generation projects mainly from renewable sources and also the manufacturing of medium and low voltage electric panels. He develop many activities in different areas, such as engineering, production and project management, becoming a partner of the company in the year 2000. After the acquisition of KOBLITZ by Areva in 2011, he became Managing Director of Areva Renewables Brazil, where he remained until 2014.In 2015 André was invited to work at Areva's nuclear Business Groups at the company's headquarters in Paris.  At the end of 2015, he returned to Brazil and took over Areva's direction for Brazil and Latin America, where he remains. The company has recently renamed from Areva NP to Framatome, an association of Electricité de France (EDF), Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and France's Assystems.Framatome is a key player in the nuclear sector worldwide, providing superior quality and innovative equipment, services and fuel for high levels of safety and performance in Nuclear Power Plants of different technologies.
  • Carlos Feu Alvim

    ”Docteur d'Êtat” in Physics by University of Grenoble, France, Master of Science and Nuclear Techniques, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Bachelor's degree in Physics, UFMG. Chief Editor of the Journal: Economy and Energy, Director of ECEN Consulting, He was: Secretary of ABACC, Assistant Professor of UFMG, Deputy Secretary of Industrial Technology in Trade and Commerce Ministry, General Coordinator for Planning in Technological Secretary of Republic Presidency (PR) of Brazil. Participation in coordination of projects related to Brazilian National Nuclear Policy proposal and to the organization of the Brazilian Nuclear Area with SAE/PR.
  • Carlos I. Leipner

    Mr. Carlos I. Leipner is the Westinghouse Vice President for Canada and Latin America currently responsible for the commercial and partnership activities for Westinghouse in these regions. His main areas of focus include providing engineering, products and services to the operating commercial nuclear fleet in Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. In addition, he is working with a dedicated Westinghouse team to promote, develop and deploy the Generation III+ AP1000 new nuclear plant technology in the region. In over 25 years with Westinghouse, Mr. Leipner has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of nuclear fuel and nuclear services at various sites including management roles in the United States, Sweden, Spain and Brazil. He has broad global commercial nuclear experience in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, project management, marketing, continuous improvement and strategic management. Most recently, he also served as Director of Strategy for the Westinghouse Research & Technology organization which included the on-going development of the latest state-ofthe-art Small Modular Reactor technology. Mr. Leipner has extensive experience in international business development as well as negotiating across cultures. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with a working knowledge of Swedish. Mr. Leipner earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is an active member of the Brazil United States Business Council (BUSBC), he serves on the Board of the Associação Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento de Atividades Nucleares (ABDAN) as Vice President, LAS/ANS as well as he is a past vice-chairman of the American Nuclear Society Columbia-SC Section. He was recently appointed to the newly formed U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council by the U.S. Department of energy. In addition, he enjoys participating in community outreach programs for the nuclear industry.
  • Claudio Almeida

    Retired, he was adviser to the Director of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety of CNEN Former staff member of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety He is a mentor at the WNU Summer Institute He has a doctor degree in Nuclear Engineering from the MIT, USA
  • Clédola Cássia Oliveira de Tello

    Researcher at the Nuclear Technology Development Center (CDTN), institute of Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), in Belo Horizonte. Technical Coordinator of the RBMN Project, whose objective is to implant and build the national repository for low and intermediary level radioactive wastes. Professor and adviser of the Post-Graduate Program in Science and Technology of Radiation, Minerals and Materials. Responsible for the Waste Cementation Laboratory, where research and projects are carried out for the treatment and solidification of radioactive and hazardous wastes. . Chemical Engineer and Master in Nuclear Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and  PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Experience in the subjects: repository, radioactive wastes management and treatment, cementation, waste product evaluation.
  • Elina Teplinsky

    Elina Teplinsky is the lead member of Pillsbury’s premier International Nuclear Projects practice. She advises companies worldwide on the development, financing and operation of nuclear power facilities. Her clients include nuclear power plant developers, owners and operators, equipment vendors, architect engineers, consultants and investors. She has worked on nuclear-related matters in more than 25 jurisdictions and speaks Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Ms. Teplinsky provides legal and strategic advice in structuring and negotiating engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, equipment supply agreements, and nuclear fuel supply agreements. Ms. Teplinsky regularly advises governments, Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organizations (NEPIOs) and government-owned utilities on various aspects of developing domestic nuclear power programs, including assistance with structuring and executing nuclear procurement programs, attraction of financing, formation of nuclear legal and regulatory regimes and drafting of domestic nuclear legislation, and compliance with obligations under international conventions. Ms. Teplinsky is a recognized expert on nuclear trade and export control issues and regularly assists clients in structuring their export compliance programs.
  • Humberto Moraes Ruivo

    Director – Naval Agency for Nuclear Safety and Quality (AgNSNQ), Rear Admiral (Ret) and Engineer – Brazilian Navy. Former assignments: AgNSNQ Preparation Group Coordinator at Directorate-General for Nuclear and Technological Development (DGDNTM), Director of the Navy Research Institute (IPqM), Technical Director of Uranium Isotopic Enrichment and Mineral Resources, both at Brazilian Nuclear Industries (INB). Previously, assigned to the Science and Technology Ministry (MCT), worked as Coordinator of the Scientific-Nuclear Technical Program – PTCN, having under his responsibility the Brazilian Nuclear Program Protection System (SIPRON). Additionally, was a full member of the Fiscal Board at Nuclebras Heavy Equipment (NUCLEP).
  • Ignácio de Araneza

    I’ve been working at the Argentinean Commission of Atomic Energy (CNEA) for almost 9 years now. Head of the CAREM Civil Engineering Department at CNEA since 2011, leading the architectural and structural design as well as the manufacturing and erection of big components, such us the containment steel liner, containment airlocks, cover lid and main cranes. Also in charge of the CAREM Electrical Engineering Department since early 2017. I`m a civil engineer from University of Buenos Aires, where I’ve also been teaching Structural Analysis for the past 10 years.
  • Jose Augusto Perrotta

    Civil Engineer (IME-1977), M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering (IME-1980), and D.Sc. in Nuclear Technology (USP-IPEN, 1999), has been working in the nuclear area since 1978. Senior Technologist of the Nuclear Energy National Commission (CNEN), acting as Technical Coordinator of the Brazilian Multipurpose Research Reactor (RMB). Expert in nuclear engineering with emphasis on: reactor core engineering, nuclear fuel engineering, research reactors engineering, PWR type reactors engineering, nuclear fuel performance under irradiation, development and management of nuclear reactor projects.
  • Leonam dos Santos Guimaraes

    Member of World Nuclear Association Board. After completing a BSc in Naval Sciences from the Brazilian Naval Academy, he went on to study Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Ocean Engineering at the Polytechnical School of the University of São Paulo (EPUSP). Following a nuclear engineering position at INSTN – University of Paris XI and a politics and strategy degree at Brazilian Naval War College, Dr. Guimaraes earned his PhD Ocean Engineering on Naval Nuclear Propulsion from the EP-USP in 1999. Currently he is acting as President and Technical Director of Eletronuclear. He was the Director of Planning, Management and Environment of Eletronuclear, Executive Assistant to Eletronuclear CEO and Technical and Commercial Director of Amazonia Azul Tecnologias de Defesa S.A. (AMAZUL). He is a former coordinator of the Brazilian Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, Professor of Management at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation and Engineering at EP-USP. Dr. Guimaraes has around 30 years of experience in research, development, engineering, procurement and construction of naval and nuclear systems. In addition, he is member of World Nuclear Association (WNA) Board of Management, member of IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE), former President of The Latin American Section – American Nuclear Society (LAS/ANS) and author of several books and papers on engineering, management and nuclear policy
  • Luciano Pagano Junior

    Graduation in Chemical Engineering at the Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil, 1982 Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, 1995 PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, 2009 Post Doctoral in Knowledge Management at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, current Technical and Commercial Director at Amazul S.A., a state owned company with 1,800 employees, supporting the Brazilian Nuclear Program and on the Brazilian Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program
  • Milton Caplan

    With more than 35 years in the nuclear industry, Milt Caplan specializes in advising governments and utilities on how to increase confidence and reduce risk for nuclear projects with a focus on managing nuclear projects for success. This includes such areas as cost of nuclear plants, economic competitiveness relative to alternative technologies, structuring a project to be financeable and to minimize risk and advising on how to best select a vendor and technology. He is the chair of the WNA Economics Working Group and teaches nuclear economics, nuclear plant structuring and financing and nuclear technology
  • Olga C. R. L. Simbalista

    Electrical and nuclear engineer, specialization on thermo-hydraulics of nuclear reactors at GKSS, Germany. Former President of the Latin America Section of the American Nuclear Society LAS/ANS, President of The Brazilian Women’s Banking, Consultant on nuclear forecasts at IAEA/UN, Fiscal Councilor of IBQN and Director of New Businesses at Furnas Centrais Elétricas. President of the Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy, member of the following councils: Directorate of Associação Comercial do Rio de Janeiro, Technical of Confederação Nacional do Comércio, Directorate of Clube de Engenharia, Arbitration Chamber of Fundação Getúlio Vargas-FGV.
  • Orpet José Marques Peixoto

    He is presently General Manager for AF Consult do Brasil Ltda, in charge for the energy area for all Latin America. He is also in charge of specific Latin America Infrastructure and Industry Projects. He holds the degrees of Naval Sciences (1971), of Electrical and Naval Engineer from the São Paulo Polytechnic University (1977). He also holds Master and Engineer degree, Doctor of Engineering, in Mechanical Engineering with major in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University (1987). He has more than 30 years’ experience in the nuclear fuel cycle, mainly on enrichment development and operation, reactor design & construction as well as in the front end of fuel cycle on conversion and re-conversion plants. He worked with nuclear science and technology development and managed different positions in the Brazilian Nuclear Navy Program. He had also worked at ABACC – Brazilian Argentine Agency for Accountancy and Control of Nuclear Material as Senior Planning & Evaluation Officer (2006 to 2014) and occupied also the Operation Officer Post (1998 to 2006) .He is involved with safeguards and non-proliferation since 1991 and participated on the negotiation of State Agreements, safeguards approaches for sensitive installations and implementation of safeguards. He has published papers on nuclear technology at the ANS annual meeting, and on safeguards and non-proliferation at LAS/ANS, INMM, ESARDA and IAEA meetings. He was member of the IAEA Director “Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation” (SAGSI) from 2010 to 2015. He is presently Vice-President of ABDAN (Brazilian Association for Development of Nuclear Activities) and Vice-President of LAS/ANS (Latin American Section of America Nuclear Society).
  • Patricia Wieland

    Physicist, PhD in Industrial Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. Head of the World Nuclear University (WNU) since January 2014, running several leadership development programmes, School on Radiation Technologies and short courses “World Nuclear Industry Today” in different countries. Member of the Nuclear Industry’s Harmony Panel at the World Nuclear Association. Previously Deputy Director and Head of Infrastructure and Management Department of the Nuclear Engineering Institute, a nuclear major research centre in Brazil. She held positions at the Brazilian Commission of Nuclear Energy such as: Head of Regulations Division from 2008 to 2012, General Coordinator of Human Resources in 2003 and 2004 and Coordinator of Nuclear Installations Licensing from 2001 to 2003. Worked at the Department of Nuclear Safety of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna for almost six years, developing international recommendations on nuclear communications and training.
  • Mr Paulo Heilbron

    He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1981), a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1984) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2001). He is a Brazilian expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with missions in Chile, Cuba, Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Mexico, France, England, South Africa, Mozambique and Japan. He also represented Brazil in the IAEA TRANSPORT committee (TRANSSC), on the IAEA Committee on Safety Standards in Waste Management (WASSC) and in the highest scientific committee of the IAEA known as the CSS (Committee of Safety Standards).
  • Reinaldo Gonzaga

    Metallurgical Engineer from the Fluminense Federal University, in the state of Rio de Janeiro; Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Lorena, in São Paulo; Graduate teacher at University of Barra Mansa, state of Rio de Janeiro;UO2 Powder and Pellet Production Manager at Fábrica de Combustível Nuclear (FCN) (nuclear fuel factory) of the Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil – INB in the County of Resende, State of Rio de Janeiro;UO2 Powder and Pellet Chemical Processes General Coordinator at FCN, INB Resende, at INB Resende;CEO of INB from October 11th, 2017.
  • Roberto C. A. Travassos

    Mechanical Engineer, Post-Graduations in Nuclear Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering, MBA in Financial Planning and Business Management. He has been working at ELETRONUCLEAR for 36 years, having started his activities at the Piping Stress Analysis Division and later at the Superintendence of Special Projects and at the Superintendence of Engineering Support to the plants in Operation. He worked in Germany during 4 years on design of the German plants of Convoy series. He participated actively in the processes that allowed Eletronuclear to resume the construction of Angra 3 in 2010, having been, for 10 years, the Eletronuclear Planning and Budget Manager. He has participated in several missions abroad by the International Atomic Energy Agency and is a member of the IAEA Group for assessments of the technological advances of Light Water Reactors. Currently, he is Assistant of the Technical Director of Eletronuclear and, parallelly, he is Financial Director of ABEN - Brazilian Nuclear Energy Association.

Download the Presentations of the Event


Presentations of the day 19/03/2018

• Alte Ferreira Marques
• Patricia Wieland
• Carlos Augusto Feu
• Leonam dos Santos
• Abel Gonzales
• Milton Caplan

Presentations of the day 20/03/2018

• Milton Caplan
• Roberto Travassos
• Jose Augusto Perrotta
• Ignacio de Arenaza
• Claudio Almeida

Presentations of the day 21/03/2018

• Abel Gonzalez
• Clédola Cássia
• Adelia Sahyun
• Elina Teplinsky
• Callum Thommas

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Technical Visit of the day 23/03/2018

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