Dedicated to the Memory of Professor David Okrent
PSA 2013, the International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis, will take place Sunday September, 22 through Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Marriott Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. This meeting is dedicated in the memory of Professor David Okrent (1922-2012), a nuclear safety/design pioneer, and major contributor to PRA and probabilistic safety methods and analysis. The PSA 2013 Technical Program Committee is planning several functions in Professor Okrent’s honor.

PSA 2013 has been a major international technical forum for communication of major probabilistic risk and safety information since Professor Okrent organized the first of this series in 1978 in Newport Beach, California. This international conference, now conducted on a biennial basis, includes paper and panel sessions on issues, methods, applications, insights, policy and regulation, and is the thirteenth meeting in the technical series sponsored by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and its Nuclear Installations Safety Division (NISD).

David Okrent was UCLA professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the primary founder of both the PSA topical meeting series and the ANS Nuclear Reactor Safety Division (now NISD).

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PSA 2013 will be of interest to traditional applications including nuclear reactor facilities, nonreactor installations, processing, decontamination & decommissioning, and storage, as well as other non-traditional areas where probabilistic safety approaches are applied. The meeting will continue to follow lessons learned and impacts to PRA from the Fukushima Dai-ichi, explore progress on risk-informing regulation, provide status on the development of PRA standards, as well as many other topics during four days of planned paper and panel sessions. Dr. Shunsuke Kondo, the Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, and Dr. George Apostolakis, U.S. NRC Commissioner, (among others) have agreed to brief attendees on timely PSA topics., as well as other leaders in the probabilistic safety and risk field worldwide.

Columbia, is the strategic and geographical center of nuclear technology’s growth in the U.S. in areas of nuclear power, waste disposition and management, nuclear fuel fabrication, software development, education, and other applied research & development fields. Over 300 attendees are expected and leading industry technical service and product providers are providing sponsorships to various conference functions.

Come join your PSA colleagues and nuclear safety colleagues in honoring the many contributions of David Okrent to our field.