College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Heising remains a supporter of nuclear energy

Public debate and bureaucracy are bogging down the development of nuclear energy and putting the United States at a disadvantage compared with other countries, an Iowa State University professor and nuclear energy expert says.

IMSE Professor Carolyn Heising was practically raised at the knee of the development of the nuclear U.S. Navy. Her father was the construction manager for the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was commissioned in 1961.

Not surprising, then, that Heising has devoted most of her academic career to understanding and advocating the civilian use of nuclear energy.

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