Event Details

Event Description

Dr Gilleland will comment on the ultimate potential, as well as practicality, of wind, solar, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion energy technologies. Lessons learned from his direct experiences in developing all these technologies will be shared. The objectives and history of Bill Gates’ nuclear development initiative will be discussed.


The language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into Chinese.

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13:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 16:00
Lecture and Q&A


  • John Gilleland '63 B.S. (Chief Technical Officer at TerraPower LLC)

    John Gilleland '63 B.S.

    Chief Technical Officer at TerraPower LLC

    John Gilleland is the Chief Technical Officer of TerraPower LLC, a company founded by Bill Gates (Chairman), Nathan Myhrvold (Vice Chairman) and Dr. Gilleland in 2006 to focus on achievement of improved nuclear safety, proliferation resistance, energy security and economic power for all countries.

    From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Gilleland served as TerraPower’s chief executive officer (CEO). Under his leadership, TerraPower transitioned from an idea to a globally recognized center for innovation and development of new nuclear reactors and other advanced nuclear systems. In addition to nuclear programs, in his previous positions, Dr. Gilleland had responsibility for a number of renewable energy projects. Dr. Gilleland holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Yale University and a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan.

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