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NSSPI Participates in International Nuclear Security Conference

January 24, 2017

In December, TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) Instructional Designer Kelley Ragusa traveled to Vienna, Austria to participate in the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions.  Ragusa delivered a presentation titled "Preparing the Next Generation of Nuclear Security Professionals-The Technology/Policy Nexus," which discussed nuclear security training and education being carried out at Texas A&M University by NSSPI and the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI). The paper was part of a session that included a panel discussion...
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Senior Brazilian Scientists Visit NSSPI for Nuclear Security Study Tour

December 16, 2016

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 interacte...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Mohammed Hawila

December 13, 2016

Mohammed Hawila will be receiving his Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in December.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to analyze security, safety, and combined safety-security risk for possible accident scenarios.  The outcome of his research is a methodology to perform combined safety and security risk analysis to compute the frequency of joint top-event system failures.  Hawila received his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2012.  He worked ...
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NSSPI Hosts Visiting Scholar from Tokyo Tech

November 28, 2016

Takeshi Aoki, a second year Ph.D. student at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) in Japan, has been working with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) as a visiting scholar since January.  He is a student in Tokyo Tech's DOJO Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent, a graduate program and NSSPI peer organization led by Dr. Masaki Saito. Aoki came to NSSPI as part of the Global Nuclear Internship in Foreign Countries agreement between TEES and Tokyo Tech, which allows Ph.D. students f...
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NSSPI Collaborates with Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro on Nuclear Security Training in Brazil

November 21, 2016

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) collaborated with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to coordinate two events in Brazil between November 3 and November 11.  Both events were sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) and provided opportunities for NSSPI to interact with Brazilian professionals and students, respectively, and to provide outreach and training to these groups on the issue of nuclear security. Dr. Craig Marianno, NSSPI deputy director ...
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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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