NSSPI faculty and students traveled to Japan for the
5th International Symposium and Seminar on Global
Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security, and
Safeguards, which took place from February 21 - March 3. The
annual event is hosted and organized by the Academy for Global
Nuclear Safety and Security Agent at Tokyo Institute of Technology
(Tokyo Tech), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy
Agency, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, NSSPI, the Japan chapter of
the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and the
International Nuclear Research Collaboration Center at Tokyo
This year's program focused on nuclear security and
safeguards. NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath gave a talk on
nuclear security education at Texas A&M University and chaired
a session on nuclear education and training. He also
presented a video on the Texas A&M Engineering Extension
Service (TEEX) Disaster City facility and the radiation exercises NSSPI regularly conducts
there, featuring TEEX Training Coordinator Clint Arnett and Dr.
Craig Marianno, NSSPI faculty and assistant professor of nuclear
engineering. Dr. Richard MacNamee, NSSPI associate research
scientist and senior lecturer at the Bush School of Government and
Public Service, gave a lecture on the 5W's of terrorism. Dr.
Yassin Hassan, the head of the Texas A&M Department of Nuclear
Engineering also attended the symposium on behalf of Texas A&M
and gave an opening address along with Dr. Masaki Saito, the
director of the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security
Agent at Tokyo Tech.
NSSPI student Grant Emery with group of other
students and young professionals
Two NSSPI masters students, Jarrod Allred and Grant Emery, were
among the five students supported by the Texas A&M Department
of Nuclear Engineering to attend the symposium. The students
and young professionals at the symposium came from universities and
organizations in the US, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Korea,
Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, and Romania.
They were divided into six different groups for the duration of the
program with one representative from each organization or region in
each group. They ate meals, traveled, and completed assignments in
their groups. Allred remarked, "I enjoyed the new
perspectives and learned a lot about international cultures and
nuclear engineering education through this grouping scheme."
The experience for students and young professionals also
included various visits as part of a field trip that took them from
Tokyo to the Aomori prefecture and back. They took
environmental radiation measurements in Tokyo, visited the Rokkasho
reprocessing plant and the Onagawa nuclear power plant, and then
took radiation measurements in Fukushima. According to
Allred, "One of the highlights of the trip was being able to visit
the Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility. During our
tour we were able to view the used fuel storage pool,
transportation casks, the vitrified waste storage facility, and the
central control room. This provided an insightful perspective
to the reprocessing operations." The field trip also gave them the
opportunity to experience many aspects of Japanese culture
firsthand, from Japanese cuisine to the Nebuta Festival museum.
The symposium and seminar concluded with group discussions and
presentations by each of the groups.