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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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NSSPI Hosts Visiting Scholar from Brazil for Nuclear Security Research and Curriculum Development

April 14, 2016

Dr. Debora Trombetta, a visiting scholar from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil, spent six weeks in residence at NSSPI as part of a visiting research fellowship program sponsored by the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) to promote nuclear security research and curriculum development at UFRJ.  She spent an additional three weeks at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), where she met with nuclear security experts , toured facilities, and further expanded her network in this field. While at NSSPI, Dr. Trombetta worked with NS...
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Trevino Featured in HPS Newsletter

April 7, 2016

The April edition of the Health Physics Society newsletter featured an article about Jose (Paco) Trevino, a NSSPI student working with Dr. Craig Marianno.  Trevino's research focuses on estimating radiation doses to search and rescue dogs in emergency-response scenarios. This involves calculating dose-rate conversion factors for internal and external dose pathways and developing a dose-assessment tool for canine handlers using the calculated dose-rate conversion factors. Trevino has received fellowship and scholarship funding from the Health Physics Society during his time as...
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JAEA Researcher Visits NSSPI to Discuss Nuclear Forensics Education and Research

April 4, 2016

Mr. Hiroshi Tamai, a principal researcher from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) Policy Research Office of the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN), visited NSSPI on February 29th to discuss nuclear security curriculum development with NSSPI faculty and prepare a mission report for submission to the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). In line with the JAEA's missions related to the establishment of a nuclear forensics framework in Japan, the focus of the discussions was nuclear forensics education, research, and development,...
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NSSPI Faculty and Students Attend 3S Seminar and Symposium in Japan

March 16, 2016

NSSPI faculty and students traveled to Japan for the 5th International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security, and Safeguards, which took place from February 21 - March 3.  The annual event is hosted and organized by the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, NSSPI, the Japan chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and the International Nuclear Research Collabo...
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