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NSSPI Leads Nuclear Facilities Experience in Japan

September 19, 2017

In August, TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) led a Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) in Japan for graduate students and staff from eight U.S. universities and five national laboratories.  This event was coordinated with several institutions in Japan, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited. Support for the NFE was provided by the Next-Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) of the Of...
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NSSPI Remotely Delivers Nuclear Security and Safeguards Training Courses for Nigerian University

September 11, 2017

In July and August, NSSPI faculty and staff delivered three week-long training courses as part of an ongoing 16-week post-graduate certificate program in nuclear security science offered by the Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies (CNES) at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.  The certificate program is being led by Prof. Lucky Uyigue and Prof. Ayoade Kuye of CNES.  Participants in the program include professionals from the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority and the Nigerian Police. The three NSSPI training courses focused on: nuclear material control and accounting; nuclea...
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NSSPI Supports Nuclear Security Workshop in Indonesia

September 5, 2017

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) collaborated with the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia to conduct a 3-day nuclear security workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the week of August 21st.  The "Workshop on Insider Threat, Nuclear Security Culture, and Human Element in Nuclear Security" was coordinated by UGM professor Dr. Sihana with support from NSSPI.  NSSPI professional staff members Claudio Gariazzo and Evans Kitcher were invited to contribute to the workshop as subject matter experts.  The focus of the workshop was to hel...
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NSSPI Contributes to Nuclear Security Capacity-Building Training Course in China

September 1, 2017

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop instructional materials for a training course in nuclear security capacity-building in consultation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for professionals of IAEA member States from Asia and the Pacific region.  The course was conducted at the State Nuclear Security Training Center in Beijing, China. NSSPI Director and Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering Dr. Sunil Chirayath traveled to China to serve as an instructor for the course. T...
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NSSPI Conducts Nuclear Facilities Experience in UK

August 10, 2017

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) organized the Fourth Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) from June 26-30 in the United Kingdom. This NFE, sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Next Generation Safeguards Initiative Program Office, consisted of visits to several nuclear fuel cycle facilities. It is an opportunity for nuclear engineering graduate students at American universities who are specializing in areas ranging from material control and accounting and international safeguards to nuclear security and nonproliferation...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Jennifer Erchinger

August 7, 2017

Jennifer Erchinger will be receiving her Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  She performed her doctoral research as a Post-Master's Research Associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with Dr. Craig Marianno as her adviser.  Her project involves the development and testing of an ultra-low-background liquid scintillation counter constructed at PNNL. While at NSSPI, she presented at various conferences, including annual meetings for the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management and national and South Texas Chapter m...
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Visiting Scholar from Tokyo Tech Completes Internship with NSSPI

August 2, 2017

Tetsu Kikuhara, a Ph.D. student at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), recently completed a research internship as a visiting scholar with the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI).  Kikuhara is a student in Tokyo Tech's DOJO Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent, a graduate program and NSSPI peer organization led by Dr. Masaki Saito. He came to NSSPI as part of the Global Nuclear Internship in Foreign Countries agreement between TEES and Tokyo Tech, which allows Ph.D. students from Tokyo Tech to complete a research internship wit...
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Burns receives NEUP award to develop used nuclear fuel recycle process

June 26, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Burns, an associate research scientist with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), was recently awarded a research and development award of close to $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of their Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Burns's project, which focuses on group actinide separation by crystallization, was one of two proposals selected in the area of separations and the only one dealing with recovering the actinides from used nuclear fuel.  According to Burns, the technique he proposes is a paradigm shift away from ...
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Chirayath recognized as honorary professor at Amity University in India

June 21, 2017

By: Robert (Chris) Scoggins, originally pubished by the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University Dr. Sunil Chirayath, director of the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and research assistant professor with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded an honorary professorship with Amity University in Noida, India. "We have done five workshops in India like this in the last five years to help support nuclear science and engineering academic programs in India," Chirayath said. "Amity has been kind in ...
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NSSPI Students Attend NDA Training at LANL and Participate in INMM Southwest Chapter Technical Meeting

June 20, 2017

The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) organized a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for Texas A&M University nuclear engineering graduate students and two NSSPI professional staff members. The trip had two objectives: to attend a one-day 19th Annual Technical Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Southwest Chapter on May 16th and get hands-on training on uranium and plutonium measurements on May 17th. The students, Linda Anuar, Barbara Fisher, Paul Mendoza, Patrick O'Neal, Athena Saga...
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