"Katie Hudek [eighth grade home schooled] on why Thorium & MSR are important, how we might communicate this to the public. She has created educational videos on Thorium and Molten Salt Reactors, plays about chemistry, and (when younger) element comics. Katie presented at the Thorium Energy Alliance's 5th conference in Chicago on May 30th 2013."
Katie Hudek is an exceptionally confident, clear and fearless public speaker.
I love the swift answer to one of the questions at the end of the talk: "Are either of your parents scientists?"
Answer: "No they're Engineers!"
I did not attened this conference in Chicago, but have been watching some of the videos from it.
also if you haven't seen it, the American funding scene looks more hopeful now that
"Bill Gates' nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium"
In terms of the UK it might be possible to attract in some international molten salt reactor investment through some sort of long term investment vehicle set up in Hong Kong. Since this work is going to take in the region of 20-30 years before coming to fruition it needs a large number of young engineers both men and women.
Most nuclear and defence engineering companies in the UK have historically concentrated on employing white males, and they efficiently they achieved this even before interview stage by asking where your parents were born in the job application form.
This is slowly changing now, although not in nuclear conferences that I have recently attended which are still dominated by white males ((>90%). All he top influential jobs are still given to white males as they are the ones getting promoted on from historicly limited gene pool.
It is good to see (for young female british engineers) that one of the senior employees at the National Nuclear Labs is a white woman.
At the NDA there is one white woman amoungst the non-executives. All the executives are white males, if you include Mark Lesinski who appears to be American.