The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami catastrophe in Japan gave a clear message to every country that relies on nuclear energy of the urgent need to ensure that its nuclear infrastructure is resilient and possesses adequate redundancy and robustness in the event of natural disasters.
The CaNRisk NSERC-CREATE program aims at providing Canada with the next generation of experts in seismic safety assessment and resilience enhancement of nuclear power plants (NPP) following a unique interdisciplinary system-level focuses approach. The program training will focus on quantifying the probability of failure of critical structures, systems, and components in NPP reactor safety systems under different levels of seismic hazard.
The CaNRisk-CREATE program also focuses on minimizing the environmental risk of spent nuclear fuel to be permanently stored within the planned Canadian Deep Geologic Repository. The CaNRisk-CREATE interdisciplinary academic training will be integrated with hands-on industrial internship and professional development experiences to facilitate effective transition of the program trainees to the workforce in Canada and worldwide.
Wael El-Dakhakhni
Wael El-DakhakhniDirector, CaNRisk-CREATE

Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.ASCE