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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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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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