CRA Consultant Bernat Cirera won the Newcomer of the Year Award at the CIR Risk Management Awards in November 2018.
Bernat, who graduated from the Universities of Barcelona and Paris with a European Masters in Nuclear Energy in 2016, joined CRA in January 2017.
Since then Bernat has gained competence and experience within the Risk area of Probabilistic Safety Analysis particularly within Control and Instrumentation, demonstrating a clear analytical mind and a perpetual desire to question everything and assume nothing.
Alongside this, Bernat undertook study and technical training to develop and further his knowledge about Small Modular Reactors (SMR). His accomplishments include:
*Presentation of a webinar for the Nuclear Institute regarding the factors affecting Small Modular Reactors (SMR) risk.
*Current supervision of two students at Imperial College whose research topics are centred on SMRs.
*Collaboration on the paper “The Latest Thinking of SMRs Impact on the Environment – A Probabilistic Approach” which was presented by his colleague Lavinia Raganelli at PSAM 14.
*Presentation at the IAEA’s First Research Coordination Meeting on the Development of Approaches, Methodologies and Criteria for Determining the Technical Basis for Emergency Planning Zone for Small Modular Reactor Deployment in Vienna.
Caption: Bernat (right) pictured attending the ‘Commercialisation of Small Nuclear in the UK’ event organised by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at the Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry. November 2018.
Speaking about his award win Bernat commented: “I didn’t expect to win this award. It is a great honour to receive and it is encouraging me to keep working hard.”
CRA’s CEO Jasbir Sidhu remarked: “This award is thoroughly deserved by Bernat and it is a wonderful acknowledgement of his hard work. I have been impressed by Bernat’s diligence and his desire to learn and develop. Well done Bernat, CRA is proud of your achievements.”