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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 the traditi...
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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 giving me thi...
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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 Sagadevan, Yanu...
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NSSPI Conducts Nuclear Security Curriculum Review Workshop with Amity University in India

June 14, 2017

From June 1 through 3, the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) conducted a nuclear security curriculum review workshop with Amity University on the Amity campus in near New Delhi in India.  Faculty from nine different Indian universities attended the workshop to increase their knowledge on nuclear security topics and share their lessons learned, best practices, and challenges in developing nuclear security curricula.  The subject matter experts for the workshop included both U.S. and Indian faculty: NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath; NSSPI Deputy Dire...
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The Federation of American Scientists Awards Fellowship to NSSPI Student to Investigate Nuclear Security Training in the U.S.

May 26, 2017

Barbara Fisher, a graduate student with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), was awarded a $1,000 fellowship by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to investigate the nuclear security education opportunities across the United States. She has written a paper titled "Powering the Future of Nuclear Security through Regional Programs," which surveys nuclear security education opportunities across the United States and focuses on the necessity of regional programs for training the future generation of subject matter experts in this area. In particular, the p...
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NSSPI Student Attends Science and Security Summit

May 15, 2017

On April 21st, Yanuar Ady Setiawan, a graduate student with the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute, took part in the Science and Security Summit 2017, which was hosted by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.  The FAS sponsored three graduate-level engineering students currently working in the area of nuclear security and nonproliferation at US universities to speak on the subject of the role of scientists and engineers in global security and safety and in the current political landscape....
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NSSPI Graduate Profile: Lauren Pompilio

May 5, 2017

Lauren Pompilio will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering with a specialization in nuclear nonproliferation from Texas A&M University in May.  She worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath on a project to convert and analyze 10 CFR Part 810 General Authorization Data on assistance to foreign atomic energy activities.  This work was conducted in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory Pompilio graduated with her B.S. in chemical engineering from Syracuse University in 2015. Prior to joining NSSPI, she worked as an intern in...
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Prairie View Students and Faculty Participate in Field Detection Exercise

April 27, 2017

On April 19th, students and faculty from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) participated in a field detection exercise at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Disaster City facility. The visit was supported by the Nuclear Forensics for Minority Serving Institutions (NF-MSI) program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and organized by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI).  NSSPI Deputy Director and nuclear engineering assistant professor ...
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NSSPI Graduate Profile: Innocent Tsorxe

April 24, 2017

Innocent Tsorxe will be receiving his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in May.  He worked with Dr. Craig Marianno on a project to measure background radiation levels at the TEEX Disaster City facility.  These measurements will be used as part of the preparation for field exercises at the site involving short-lived radiological contamination. Tsorxe earned a B.S. in Radiation Technology/Health Physics from Alcorn State University in Mississippi in 2014.  While pursuing his graduate degree, Tsorxe worked an Assistant Health Physicist a...
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DTRA Expert Delivers Lecture on DTRA's Role in Radiation Detection Research

April 20, 2017

On March 20th, Mr. Grant Ford visited Texas A&M and the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) to deliver a seminar lecture to students about the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and its role in radiation detection research.  Ford is a NSSPI graduate and currently the J9 NTDN Nuclear Threats Branch Chief of DTRA.   The seminar was organized by the Texas A&M Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Student Chapter and NSSPI faculty. Ford's talk covered nuclear technologies, challenges, and prior...
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