TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI)
Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath traveled to Amman, Jordan from August
14 to 18 to facilitate a train-the-trainer workshop in nuclear
security aimed at raising awareness among both the technical and
administration staff members of the new Jordan Research and
Training Reactor (JRTR). The JRTR is a research reactor on the
campus of the Jordan University of Science and Technology intended
to educate the upcoming generation of nuclear engineers and
scientists in Jordan, as well as to produce radioisotopes.
This workshop follows from a visit that two of the trainers, Dr.
Salaheddin Malkawi of the Jordan University of Science and
Technology (JUST) and Mr. Abdallah Abdallat of the JRTR, made to
NSSPI in April of this year to discuss a curriculum for nuclear
security work force training for JRTR staff.
The first day of the workshop was focused on training the
trainers, after which the trainers conducted a pilot nuclear
security certificate course for a group of administrative and
technical employees of JRTR. During the pilot course,
Chirayath and Adriane Littlefield from Sandia National Laboratories
(SNL) were on hand to shadow the instructors and provide guidance,
where necessary. NSSPI worked with SNL and JUST to develop
the training materials on nuclear security, insider threats, human
reliability programs, and nuclear security culture that constituted
the core of the certificate curriculum. The workshop also
included a tabletop exercise devised by NSSPI, which was completed
by the JRTR participants.
The trainers who were trained at this workshop were drawn from
JUST, the JRTR, the Gendarmerie, the Energy, Minerals, and
Resources Commission (EMRC), and the Middle East Scientific
Institute for Security (MESIS). This new set of trainers will
repeat the pilot course for the remaining JRTR employees.