Three senior scientists with the Brazilian Institute for Nuclear
and Energy Research (IPEN) visited the Texas A&M Engineering
Experiment Station (TEES) Nuclear Security Science and Policy
Institute (NSSPI) from November 29 to December 1, 2016 to learn
about NSSPI's nuclear security curriculum. The U.S. Department of
State's Partnership for Nuclear Security sponsored the visit of
Professors Jorge Sarkis, Osvaldo Negrini, and Delvonei Alves De
Andrade to NSSPI in support of developing a nuclear security
education and research program at IPEN.
Sarkis, Negrini, and Alves interacted with faculty and
researchers from across multiple disciplines to discuss the various
types of courses that contribute to nuclear science studies at
Texas A&M, including security science systems and design,
nuclear security vulnerability analysis, nuclear forensics, nuclear
nonproliferation, consequence management, radiochemistry, and
inverse problems. In addition, five NSSPI graduate students
presented their thesis or dissertation research in various nuclear
security-related areas to outline the breadth and depth of research
possibilities in this discipline. This included ongoing research in
the integration of nuclear safety and security applications,
nuclear forensics, novel radiation detectors, and special nuclear
material detection in cargo containers.
As part of their visit, the Brazilian visitors also toured the
radiochemistry laboratory, the nuclear security sciences
laboratory, the TEES Nuclear Science Center (and its TRIGA
reactor), and the TEEX Disaster City facility.
Upon their return from the U.S., the visitors intend to plan
nuclear security-related field exercises at IPEN with NSSPI
support, develop nuclear security courses or modular lecture units
in nuclear security, and facilitate scientific exchanges of
researchers and students between the two institutions.