The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI)
hosted the first leg of the four-week-long Nuclear Security
Training Series (NSTS) at Texas A&M University from July
2nd to July 10th. Twenty-seven students
and six faculty members from seven universities in India and one
Brazilian university participated in the 2016 NSTS, which was
sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Nuclear
Security with logistics coordination by CRDF Global. The NSTS
aims to further the study of nuclear security best practices at
universities in India and Brazil and to promote academic research
in this field.
While at Texas A&M, the NSTS participants attended lectures
on nuclear security and nuclear security culture by NSSPI
professional staff members, Dr. Sunil Chirayath, Dr. Craig
Marianno, and Mr. Claudio Gariazzo, and took part in various
practical training exercises. These included an in-class
table-top exercise on nuclear security and insider threats, a
radiation detection exercise, a radiation portal monitor exercise,
a lost source search exercise, and an outdoor radiation source
recovery exercise at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension
Service's Disaster City facility. The participants enjoyed the
hands-on activities and tours, which exposed them to a number of
facilities across Texas A&M.
NSSPI graduate students and recent graduates, Mr. Mohammed
Hawila, Dr. Evans Kitcher, Dr. Manit Shah, and Mr. Jeremy Osborn,
also presented four thesis and dissertation topics to the group in
order to demonstrate the breadth of research in nuclear security
being done at Texas A&M.
To complete their experience in Texas, the participants also
took a tour of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, which was
sponsored by Texas A&M, and attended the U.S. Independence Day
celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
At the end of their week at Texas A&M, the participants
traveled to Albuquerque accompanied by NSSPI Program Assistant Ms.
Kerrie Ford for the next part of the NSTS at Sandia National
Laboratories. From there they traveled to Oak Ridge National
Laboratory with NSSPI Research Engineer Mr. Claudio Gariazzo for
the last formal part of the series. The U.S. tour culminated
with the NSTS group participating in the 57th Annual
Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) in