Former US Dept. of Energy Official Kurt Heckman to Speak at Bethel University

by | Nov 21, 2023

Lectures to focus on Artificial Intelligence and Nuclear Fusion

Please note: the “Nuclear Fusion” lecture, set to take place from 3-4 p.m., has been cancelled.

Former U.S. Department of Energy official and current president of vCalc Kurt Heckman will present two lectures at Bethel University on Nov. 29. The first lecture will focus on artificial intelligence and advanced information technology, while the second will focus on nuclear fusion. These seminars, sponsored by Bethel’s computer science department, are free and open to the public. All students from local colleges and high schools are encouraged to attend.

“Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Information Technology” will take place in the Middleton Hall of Science, room 025, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 29. Heckman will explain the basics on how artificial intelligence works, how it differs from class software expert systems, and how the future of AI will change the world. He will discuss recent breakthroughs that have fostered AI, major AI projects, different approaches to use AI and the impact that AI will make on the global society. Come learn more about AI and its future.

“Nuclear Fusion” will take place in the Miller-More Academic Center, room 342, from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 29. In this lecture, Heckman will explore problems associated with carbon footprints and the many ways leaders are working to produce cleaner energy, with the goal of cleaner energy being essential to our future. Heckman will explain the basics on how nuclear fusion works, how it differs from fission and how its future will change the world. He will discuss recent breakthroughs, current major government and commercial projects, different approaches to achieving nuclear fusion and the impact that nuclear fusion energy will make on the global society.

No sign-up is required. The lectures will also be available on our website, via Zoom. For more information, visit

About Kurt Heckman

Kurt Heckman currently serves as president of vCalc, the online analytical tool site, which provides over 16k free online calculators for use in math, science, business and industry and a multitude of other interests at home, at work and at play. As both an entrepreneur and an aerospace engineer, Heckman’s technical background includes systems engineering and software development for satellite ground control and mission planning systems.