NRE 8011/8012 Seminar


The Adventures of One Georgia Tech Nuclear Engineering Alumnus and How What He Learned Can Help YOU Jumpstart Your Career


Dr. Kenneth Stephens


U.S. Government


Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM   


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Farzad Rahnema


Kenneth Stephens is an alumnus of Georgia Tech and MIT, with a PhD in Nuclear Physics, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, and an MS in Management. Over his career of over 50 years, he has been recognized for his skill in solving a wide variety of difficult technical, administrative, and geopolitical problems. He served in five Presidential administrations as an employee or consultant for the Atomic Energy Commission, the Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Laboratories, the intelligence community, and the National Academy of Sciences. During the Reagan administration, he managed a portion of the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka Star Wars). Now retired, he still is a consultant and gives guest lectures at universities and medical schools. As a volunteer, he narrates audio textbooks in math and physics for students who are blind, or have dyslexia or dyscalculia (sixth-grade to PhD level). In this seminar, he discusses some of his experiences and how he identified five lessons-learned that can help current students jumpstart their careers, no matter what their field might be.


Dr. Stephens has over 50 years of experience, primarily within the U.S. Government. Recognized as a skilled generalist for solving difficult scientific and administrative problems. In demand as a guest lecturer at universities (including medical schools) and as a speaker for various events. Provided consulting services to the following: Department of Energy Department of Defense National Nuclear Security Administration The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Multiple National Laboratories A Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) The RAND Corporation National Academy of Sciences


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