“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Michael Ford earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to his doctoral studies, Mike completed a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he served as the commanding officer of a guided missile cruiser and a destroyer and held sub-specialties in nuclear engineering, finance, and operations analysis. He is a past Fellow in the MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI program, specializing in national security and international affairs. In his research at CMU, Mike examined the potential for nuclear energy to play a role in decarbonizing the energy sector. He explored the history of advanced reactor research and development in the United States, the potential for broader nuclear development worldwide, and also studied issues surrounding novel nuclear deployment options such as floating nuclear power plants.
As an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and as a STPP Research Fellow, Mike will examine challenges and opportunities for nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is currently one of the largest contributors to carbon-free generation worldwide, but the technology faces an uncertain future due to economic, regulatory, and political challenges. Mike will examine technology limitations, market constraints, and regulatory/policy structures that impact the potential of nuclear energy to play a significant role in a future low-carbon energy mix.Last Updated: Oct 13, 2017, 12:13pm