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Boyle Retires as Deputy Director of NSSPI

May 13, 2016

At the end of April, Dr. David Boyle retired from his position as deputy director for the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI).  As the deputy director for NSSPI, Dr. Boyle provided direction for all of NSSPI's research activities.  He has also contributed his vast expertise in nuclear weapons test monitoring and his experience in operating a successful research center to the NSSPI team since its inception in 2006.  Dr. Boyle was instrumental in the development of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute, a regional institute at Khalifa U...
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Consolidated Nuclear Security Leadership Visits NSSPI to Discuss Collaboration on Research and Education

May 12, 2016

  On April 14th and 15th, NSSPI hosted a group of subject matter experts from the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant, both of which are managed and operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS). The group consisted of Senior Director for Global Security and Strategic Partnerships Morris Hassler, Nuclear Engineer and International Safeguards Expert Jill Cooley, the Director of Technology Development Thomas Berg, Manager of Global Security Analysis and Training J. Toby Williams, Director of Program Development Perry Kent, and Director of Special Program...
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INMM Student Chapter Hosts Safeguards Culture Workshop

May 11, 2016

The Texas A&M Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Student Chapter, with guidance and support from the INMM International Safeguards Technical Division and the Southwest Regional Chapter, hosted a Safeguards and Organizational Culture Workshop on April 26-27, 2016 on the Texas A&M University campus. The organizing director for the workshop was NSSPI student Meyappan Subbiah, and the planning committee included Texas A&M INMM Student Chapter members, Kerrie Ford, Jarrod Allred, Manit Shah, Jose Trevino, Timothy Jacomb-Hood, and Logan Scott, with TEES Nuclear S...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Marlene Bencomo

May 9, 2016

Marlene Bencomo will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University this May.  She worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to do a parametric study of molybdenum-99 production using a sub-critical, low-enriched uranium (LEU) assembly design proposed by Niowave, Inc.  While molybdenum-99 has been produced using highly-enriched uranium (HEU), there is an international interest to produce this isotope using LEU due to the nuclear proliferation concerns of HEU. Niowave, Inc. is a facility that has plans to produce molybdenum-99 in the United States.&...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Mary Johansen

May 6, 2016

Mary Johansen will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University this May.  She worked with Dr. William Charlton to quantify the nuclear weapons latency value of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The JCPOA is intended to ensure that the nuclear program in Iran will exist solely for peaceful uses, but, given Iran's past actions of nuclear hedging and pushing the boundaries of agreements, policymakers would benefit from a reliable method to judge the effectiveness of the agreement and how ...
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GNEII Holds 6th Graduation and Symposium

May 3, 2016

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) at Khalifa University's Abu Dhabi campus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) commemorated the conclusion of the sixth year of the program with a two-day symposium on nuclear safety, security, and safeguards on April 11-12.  The event concluded with a graduation ceremony for this year's fellows from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA), and the Federal Authority of Nuclear Regulation (FANR).  Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NS...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Corey Keith

May 2, 2016

Corey Keith will be graduating with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in May.  Keith worked with Dr. William Charlton on a project to investigate trace uranium-236 content variations in world-wide geologic uranium deposits.  Nuclear signatures, whether for forensics or safeguards applications, utilize two broad class­es: comparative and predictive. While compar­ative methods analyze a sample against a data­base of previously measured samples, predictive signatures utilize the underlying physics of the system to draw conclusions about the origin of the sample. Keith's work e...
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NSSPI Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

April 29, 2016

On April 25th, the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) held an event to celebrate its tenth anniversary.  NSSPI students, faculty, and staff joined with administrators and collaborators from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and various other departments across the Texas A&M University System to mark this milestone.  As part of the program, current NSSPI director, Dr. Sunil Chirayath, along with founding NSSPI director, Dr. William Charlton, and nuclear engineering department head, Dr. Yassin Hass...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Julia Eigenbrodt

April 28, 2016

Julia Eigenbrodt will be graduating with her Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering this May. She worked with Dr. William Charlton to develop a methodology employing Passive Neutron Albedo Reactivity (PNAR) and passive spectral photon measurements to measure spent nuclear fuel.  PNAR was used for measurements of spent nuclear fuel in Japan as well as fresh fuel pins at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and photon measurements were performed on a wide range of spent nuclear fuel pins at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to determine which photon signatures are visible in different...
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Jordanians Visit NSSPI to Develop Nuclear Security Culture Curriculum

April 15, 2016

Dr. Salaheddin Malkawi and Mr. Abdallah Abdallat from Jordan visited NSSPI from March 21-25 to discuss nuclear security culture training and education. Jordan is building its first nuclear reactor, the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). Abdallat is the security manager of the Nuclear Security Department JRTR and Dr. Malkawi is the chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at JUST and is also the deputy director of the recently formed Jordan Nuclear Power Company.  The main objective of the visit was ...
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