On March 5, 2009, former EPA Administrator and New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman visited FIU’s Engineering Center, where she was briefed on the energy research and technology developed by the College of Engineering and Computing and by the Applied Research Center.
During her visit to Florida International University, Gov. Whitman spoke to more than 100 students, faculty and administrators at a seminar presented by the School of Computer and Engineering Technologies. Gov. Whitman focused her speech on the need for training and education programs as the industry looks to replace up to 19,600 retirees, and noted that each new reactor built will require upwards of 400 workers to operate.
After the meeting with students from the FIU’s College of Engineering, Gov. Whitman spoke with student reporter Gigi Diaz of the campus radio station, WRGP. In the interview, Gov. Whitman talked about what students could do to help combat climate change, and what advancements in technology have made nuclear energy more safe.