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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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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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