Meet Our Speakers


Steven J. Piet, ScD, DTM

Piet smiling2Phone: 208-535-7580

Dr. Steve Piet is a retired engineer who can communicate – holding both the Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) education achievement from Toastmasters International.  He worked 31 years at Idaho National Laboratory, producing 57 peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters in nuclear energy, fusion energy, and environmental barriers.  He has given technical talks in 8 countries on three continents.  He has been a member of Toastmasters since May 2005.  As club president, his club attained President’s Distinguished Status.  He was recognized as Area Governor of the year, and Division Governor of the year, and has just completed three years in the three elected District leadership positions for District 15 – serving Utah, most of Idaho, and parts of Wyoming, Oregon, and Nevada.  He is also a certified public meeting facilitator via the International Association for Public Participation.  His preferred speaking area is a 200-mile radius of Idaho Falls, Idaho, but he is willing to travel further if his expenses are paid.

  • Energy, e.g., Idaho Energy Policy, Nuclear Fuel and Waste. This talk will be tailored to the audience’s needs and include any of the following: What is nuclear Energy, nuclear energy risks and benefits, fuel cycles, Uranium and Thorium fuel cycles, how is nuclear energy being improved, what is fusion energy and why don’t we have it yet?  Approximate time: Can be tailored from 10-60 minutes.
  • Lead according to the situation (other leadership talks available). This motivates and explains the concept that one must lead according to the situation, the performers’ experience, the urgency of the task, etc. One common leadership mistake is to only use the approaches of dictate/direct and delegate/leave alone, and bounce between them.  Instead, there are a range of approaches between those extremes that leaders should use.  Approximate time: 10-20 minutes.
  • Introduction to improved speaking. Depending on audience requests, I address how to make one’s opening more worthy of attention, how to leave a strong impression from your closing, and how to more effectively use PowerPoint thereby avoiding “death by PowerPoint.”  Approximate time: Can be tailored from 10-60 minutes.