In January, NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton, along with Dr.
Howard Hall and Dr. Joe Stainback of the University of Knoxville,
travelled to Yogyakarta in Indonesia to support a curriculum
development workshop at Gadjah Mada University (UGM). This was
the second in a series of three workshops sponsored by the US State
Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) to support
the development of a nuclear security component as part of the UGM
undergraduate nuclear engineering degree. UGM's Department of
Engineering Physics is the only university in Indonesia offering a
nuclear engineering degree.
Dr. Charlton provided presentations on Texas A&M
University's nuclear security course material, with particular
emphasis on radiation detection and nuclear forensics
courses. He also gave a presentation on the experience of
NSSPI students at Texas A&M, which included hands-on tabletop
exercises and simulations. The faculty from UGM will use this
material and other discussions to prepare syllabi for several UGM
courses. UGM is making good progress on adopting appropriate
nuclear security topics into their curriculum.
UGM faculty also continued discussions with the faculty from the
US about deepening ties between the US and Indonesian faculty as
well as the student chapters of the Institute of Nuclear Materials
Management at each university.