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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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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Meyappan Subbaiah

July 5, 2016

Meyappan Subbaah will be receiving his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to study the various indicators of nuclear proliferation actions by states in order to quantify the associated level of risk. This study expands upon previous proliferation risk work by investigating the number of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing (ENR) facilities a state has based on various historical indicators.  Subbaiah earned his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M in 2014. As an undergr...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Jarrod Allred

June 27, 2016

Jarrod Allred will be receiving his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath on the development of radiochemistry techniques for the purposes of nuclear forensics. The objective of his study was to quantify the fission product decontamination factor for PUREX process steps while separating and purifying plutonium. A detailed understanding of these unique compositions would aid nuclear forensics activities for source attribution in the case of smuggled plutonium interdiction or at an inspection of a reprocess...
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Chirayath, Marianno Help Conduct Nuclear Safeguards Education Workshop in Indonesia

June 24, 2016

From June 1-3, NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath and NSSPI Deputy Director Dr. Craig Marianno helped to conduct a workshop on safeguards education at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The "Workshop on Strengthening UGM's Nuclear Engineering Curriculum with Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Safeguards Education" was sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Workshop presenters included not only NSSPI faculty, but also scientists from PNNL...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Lainy Dromgoole Cochran

June 23, 2016

Lainy Dromgoole Cochran will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University this August.  She worked with Dr. Craig Marianno to do preliminary dose assessments for unsealed radioactive sources to be used as part of emergency response exercises at the TEEX Disaster City facility at Texas A&M.   Using unsealed radioactive sources can enhance emergency response exercises by simulating a more realistic response environment following an incident involving the dispersion of radioactive material. A preliminary dose assessment for the ex...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Manit Shah

June 20, 2016

Manit Shah will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Craig Marianno to evaluate the use of 'radiation' integrated circuits (RICs) designed at Texas A&M as a new type of radiation detection medium.  Shah received his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in India, where his research focused on the fault diagnosis and tolerance system for a nuclear steam generator. He completed his B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the University of Mumb...
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NSSPI Leads Nuclear Facilities Experience in Japan

June 14, 2016

From May 15-20, the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) led the 2016 Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) in Japan for graduate students from U.S. universities and young professionals from U.S. national laboratories.  The event was coordinated in conjunction with the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN), which is part of the Japan Atomic Energy Authority (JAEA). Support for NSSPI's coordination of the NFE was granted by the Next-Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) of the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms ...
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Erchinger, Shah Present at SORMA West 2016

June 3, 2016

NSSPI students Manit Shah and Jennifer Erchinger presented posters at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMA West) in Berkeley, CA from May 22 through 26.  Both Shah and Erchinger are Ph.D. students in Dr. Craig Marianno's research group, which focuses on combatting nuclear terrorism through research in radiation detection, emergency response, and consequence-management.  Shah's poster featured his research with Dr. Marianno and Dr. Sunil Khatri from the Texas A&M Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the us...
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Students Travel to ORNL for Hands-On Training at Safeguards Laboratory

May 23, 2016

Every year, a group of NSSPI students attend a nuclear security and safeguards short course in the Safeguards Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  This year's short course took place in April and the group consisted of five nuclear engineering graduate students currently working with NSSPI faculty and three students from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. The students were accompanied by NSSPI Deputy Director and nuclear engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Craig Marianno.  The week-long short course consisted of both lectures and valuable ...
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