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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Jose Trevino

November 16, 2016

Jose "Paco" Trevino will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in health physics from Texas A&M University in December.  He worked with Dr. Craig Marianno to determine the radiation doses that are received by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dogs in radiologically contaminated environments. These dogs are valuable members of USAR teams and represent a large investment in time and money spent on training. Trevino's research will give USAR dog handlers more information when deployed to areas contaminated with radiological material and allow them to make informed decisions regarding the ...
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NSSPI Co-Hosts Nuclear Security Training Workshop in South Africa

October 6, 2016

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), along with the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security, hosted a train-the-trainer workshop in Cape Town, South Africa from September 20 through 22. Dr. Sunil Chirayath, director of NSSPI and research assistant professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Nuclear Engineering, and Dr. Craig Marianno, NSSPI deputy director and assistant professor of nuclear engineering, lectured at the workshop. The focus of this workshop was to provide instructors from nine different countries with the ...
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NSSPI Conducts Advanced Nuclear Security Workshop with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

September 7, 2016

In August, the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) worked with faculty members from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to conduct the second Advanced Nuclear Security Workshop on the campus of IIT-K in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.  The workshop, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) with logistics coordination by CRDF Global, included lectures on nuclear security, nuclear security culture, insider threats, and insider psychology.  Participants also completed a tabletop exercise...
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Chirayath Facilitates Nuclear Security Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Jordan

September 1, 2016

 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 ...
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Marianno Demonstrates Radiation Detection Platform as Part of DOE Science and Safety Robotics Challenge

August 29, 2016

From August 22-23, Dr. Craig Marianno, TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy (NSSPI) deputy director and an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, along with undergraduate nuclear engineering student Dan Murchison, participated in the "Science and Safety: Robotics Challenge" organized by the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management.  They gave a demonstration of a radiation detection platform built by Marianno's research group, which was mounted on a PackBot, a robot designed and built by Endeavor R...
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Texas A&M Student Chapter and NSSPI Graduates Honored at INMM Annual Meeting

August 8, 2016

Several NSSPI students and graduates were honored at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which was held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 24-28.  The Texas A&M INMM Student Chapter was presented with an award for its 10th anniversary. Students from Texas A&M, under the guidance of former NSSPI director Dr. William Charlton, formed the very first INMM student chapter in 2006.  The success of the Texas A&M student chapter has led to the cultivation of other INMM student chapters both within the U.S. and around the world.&n...
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NSSPI Hosts Nuclear Security Training Series for Indian and Brazilian Students and Faculty

August 4, 2016

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 an...
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Chirayath Contributes to Safeguards Curriculum Development Workshop for Sub-Saharan Africa

July 28, 2016

From July 18-22, NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to take part in a nuclear safeguards curriculum development workshop for university professors from Nigeria and Ghana at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program.  The program aimed at introducing the faculty to materials and approaches for integrating nuclear safeguards programs into existing university curricula and certificate programs. &...
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Faculty from the Ukraine Visit NSSPI to Discuss Nuclear Security Curriculum

July 26, 2016

Seven professors from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in the Ukraine spent the week of June 20-24 at the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) as part of their Nuclear Security Education Summer Tour. The Summer Tour was sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Global Material Security and hosted by NSSPI and Sandia National Laboratories. The purpose of the tour was to give the participants a foundation in nuclear security and provide them with instructional materials and pedagogical knowledge in the area.  The group was acco...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Evans Kitcher

July 12, 2016

Evans Kitcher will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to develop a generic design for Small Modular Reactors, which he then analyzed with respect to xenon-induced power oscillations. Kitcher earned a B.S. in physics at the University of Papua New Guinea before coming to Texas A&M University in August 2010. Under the tutelage of Dr. Chirayath, Kitcher earned a M.S. in nuclear engineering in December 2012 focusing on small modular reactor design and continued in the same field for...
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