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Prairie View Students and Faculty Participate in Field Detection Exercise

April 27, 2017

On April 19th, students and faculty from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) participated in a field detection exercise at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Disaster City facility. The visit was supported by the Nuclear Forensics for Minority Serving Institutions (NF-MSI) program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and organized by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI).  NSSPI Deputy Director and nuclear engineering assistant professor ...
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NSSPI Graduate Profile: Innocent Tsorxe

April 24, 2017

Innocent Tsorxe will be receiving his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in May.  He worked with Dr. Craig Marianno on a project to measure background radiation levels at the TEEX Disaster City facility.  These measurements will be used as part of the preparation for field exercises at the site involving short-lived radiological contamination. Tsorxe earned a B.S. in Radiation Technology/Health Physics from Alcorn State University in Mississippi in 2014.  While pursuing his graduate degree, Tsorxe worked an Assistant Health Physicist a...
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DTRA Expert Delivers Lecture on DTRA's Role in Radiation Detection Research

April 20, 2017

On March 20th, Mr. Grant Ford visited Texas A&M and the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) to deliver a seminar lecture to students about the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and its role in radiation detection research.  Ford is a NSSPI graduate and currently the J9 NTDN Nuclear Threats Branch Chief of DTRA.   The seminar was organized by the Texas A&M Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Student Chapter and NSSPI faculty. Ford's talk covered nuclear technologies, challenges, and prior...
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Osborn Lectures on Nuclear Security at IIT-Madras

April 5, 2017

In March, the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) worked with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) to conduct a nuclear security workshop on the IIT-M campus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The workshop, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) with assistance from Dr. Prafula Behera of IIT-M, included lectures on nuclear security, nuclear security culture, and insider threat analysis.  NSSPI Ph.D. student Jeremy Osborn presented a series of 13 lectures on nuclear security, threat assessment,...
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EC Nuclear Security and Safeguards Expert Visits NSSPI, Discusses Collaborations

March 27, 2017

On March 3, Willem Janssens, Head of the Department of Nuclear Security and Safeguards at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy, visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) to present a seminar on JRC activities and discuss collaborations between JRC and NSSPI.  The JRC boasts numerous global experts on nuclear material safeguards, non-destructive assay, containment and surveillance techniques, process monitoring, open source analysis, risk mitigation, nuclear forensics, and first response activities in radiolog...
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NSSPI Student Participates in International 3S Symposium and Seminar in Japan

March 23, 2017

TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) Ph.D. student Matthew Boyd traveled to Japan in February to take part in the 6th International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security, and Safeguards.  The two-week-long event was hosted by the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Nuclear University, The European Nuclear Education Network, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the Japan chapter...
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SRNL Expert Delivers Lecture on NNSA Tritium Supply Chain

March 9, 2017

On March 3rd, Dr. Steven B. Wyrick, tritium program manager at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute. Dr. Wyrick presented a lecture titled "The National Nuclear Security Security Administration (NNSA) Tritium Supply Chain" to Texas A&M University nuclear engineering students in the graduate-level Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Material Safeguards class (NUEN 651).  While at Texas A&M, Dr. Wyrick also visited the NSSPI nuclear security, safeguards, and radiochemistry laboratories and toured the TEEX ...
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NSSPI Graduate Returns to Share Experiences and Recruit for ORNL

February 23, 2017

Dr. Mathew Swinney, a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and NSSPI graduate, visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) from February 20th through 21st.  Swinney earned a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in December of 2015 working with NSSPI director Dr. Sunil Chirayath to analyze trace nuclide ratios in weapons-grade plutonium for nuclear forensics analysis.  He returned to NSSPI to recruit students for summer internships at ORNL and discuss potential research collaborations between ORNL and NSSPI.  Whi...
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NSSPI Provides Nuclear Security Curriculum Development Support to Indonesian University

February 16, 2017

From January 30th through February 3rd, the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) welcomed Professor Sihana from the Department of Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Gadjah Mada, (UGM) in Indonesia for a visit to discuss the development of a nuclear security curriculum for UGM.  After Prof. Sihana presented the preliminary outline he developed for the new nuclear security courses, NSSPI faculty and staff provided him with the required resources to realize his planned curriculum.  Prof. Sihana was given an overview of NSSPI...
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Distinguished ORNL Researcher Visits NSSPI

February 14, 2017

Dr. Bruce A. Moyer, a distinguished research staff member and corporate fellow in the Chemical Sciences Division and group leader of the Chemical Separations Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), visited the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) on January 24th.  Dr. Moyer is a leader in separations science and technology and renowned in the science community for contributions in solvent extraction and ion exchange and recent technical advancements in anion separations.  He has worked closely with NSSPI Associate Research Scientist Dr. Jonatha...
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