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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 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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NSSPI Leads Nuclear Facilities Experience in the UK

October 5, 2015

Faculty and staff from the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University organized the second Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) for American students and young professionals through a grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Next Generation Safeguards Initiative.  This experience, which took place in the United Kingdom from September 13 through 18, included students from five U.S. universities (Texas A&M, the University of Michigan, the University of New Mexico, the University of Tennessee, and Penn State Universit...
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NSSPI Represents Texas A&M at IAEA Safeguards Symposium

November 7, 2014

Nuclear Security Science & Policy Institute (NSSPI) staff members, Dr. Sunil Chirayath and Claudio Gariazzo, along with nuclear engineering graduate student Royal Elmore, traveled to Vienna, Austria to participate in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) symposium on "International Safeguards: Linking Strategy, Implementation and People" held October 20-24. The symposium provided an opportunity for participants to learn about cutting-edge research projects, meet with fellow nuclear safeguards and security professionals and stakeholders to discuss current and future resea...
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IAEA Director General Amano Meets with NSSPI Leadership

November 5, 2014

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano met with NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton, NSSPI Deputy Director Dr. David Boyle, Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) Director Dr. Lee Peddicord, and Dr. Yassin Hassan, head of the department of nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University as part of his visit to the campus last week.  He was briefed on the work of the institutes and the department and discussed opportunities for further collaboration in safeguards and security technologies with NSSPI leadership.  This was Ambassador Amano's first vi...
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NSSPI Students and Staff Participate in Arms Control Exercise in Norway

December 4, 2013

Over a five day period in early November, five NSSPI students and two staff members joined five students from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University to engage in a simulated arms control exercise under the UK-Norway Initiative in Oslo, Norway. The exercise was hosted by the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway), Atomic Weapons Establishment (UK), and King's College London (UK). King's College London will present data attained from the exercise at the 2014 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee and the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review C...
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Charlton and Students Participate in ESARDA Symposium

June 3, 2013

NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton and students Dr. Braden Goddard and Julia Eigenbrodt traveled to Bruges, Belgium to participate in the 35th Annual European Safeguards Research & Development Association (ESARDA) Symposium from May 27-30.    Each of the students gave a presentation at the symposium. Dr. Goddard's presentation was titled "Expanding the Capabilities of Neutron Multiplicity Measurements: Conclusions from a Four Year Project," and Eigenbrodt gave a presentation titled "Simulations and Preparation for PNAR Measurements of Fugen Fuel."  The symposi...
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Charlton Participates in CTBTO Academic Forum

March 26, 2013

From March 18-20 NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton participated in the CTBTO Academic Forum in Vienna, Austria.  Focused on education related to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the forum was organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) as part of their Capacity Development Initiative and intended for academics engaged and interested in CTBT education as well as broader disarmament and non-proliferation topics.  The purpose of the forum was to build upon the dialogue of a previous seminar held last su...
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Czech Ambassador Hosts TAMU Workshop Participants

July 20, 2012

On June 18, 2012, NSSPI faculty members Dr. Craig Marianno and Dr. Alexander Solodov took part in a luncheon at the US Embassy in the Czech Republic.  Ambassador Norman L. Eisen hosted the luncheon in honor of the CVUT Nuclear Engineering Conference, a week-long graduate and post-graduate workshop that was held in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the nearby Czech Technical University in Prague.  The workshop was organized by the Czech Nuclear Education Network (CENEN) using European Union program funds and was endorsed by the US Embassy as part of its initiative to...
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RAP-NIS Student Research Symposium Brings Together Students from the US and Russia

August 17, 2011

NSSPI students and staff traveled to the Labor Spiez in Switzerland from July 25-27 for the Russian Academic Program in Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS) Student Research Symposium. The Student Research Symposium allows students from the US and Russia to share their graduate research and build professional relationships.  NSSPI students Roushan Ghanbari and Travis Gitau joined students from Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI) and the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE), both institutes of the Russian National Researc...
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Goddard and Ryan Perform Neutron Measurements at the Joint Research Center

December 21, 2010

Nuclear Security Science and Policy (NSSPI) Graduate Assistant Researchers, Braden Goddard and Chris Ryan, traveled to the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy from December 4 through December 11, 2010, to perform neutron measurements in support of Goddard's Ph.D. research.  The objective of the measurements was to detect neutrons in coincidence using an International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) approved Active Well Coincidence Counter (AWCC).  The material measured consisted of uranium, plutonium, and mixed-oxide in different isotopic con...
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NSSPI Students Participate in Foreign Field Experience in the UK

July 14, 2010

During the week of June 21-25, students and staff from NSSPI (TAMU), the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI), and the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE) took part in a Foreign Field Experience in the UK as part of the Russian Academic Program in Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS). The goal of the Foreign Field Experience is to foster interaction between American and Russian students while they visit nuclear sites and participate in discussions of nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards. The participants gave presentations on thei...
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RAP-NIS Meeting Held in Switzerland

June 21, 2010

NSSPI organized a meeting of the participants in the Russian Academic Program in Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS) at the Labor Spiez in Switzerland during the week of May 31, 2010 to discuss the past successes and future direction of the program. RAP-NIS is a collaboration various international partners to develop nuclear nonproliferation education programs in the U.S. and Russia. Representatives of NSSPI-TAMU included NSSPI director Dr. William Charlton, NSSPI associate research engineer Claudio Gariazzo, and Dr. Lee Peddicord, director of the Nuclear Power I...
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Highlights from the 31st Annual ESARDA Meeting

June 17, 2009

The 31st Annual Meeting of European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) took place from the 26th to the 28th of May, 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania. NSSPI was represented by Dr. William Charlton, Adrienne LaFleur, Dr. Paul Nelson, and Daniel Strohmeyer. According to Adrienne Lafleur, the international community expressed great interest in the research NSSPI presented at the meeting, and it was a "very interesting and a great experience." To see photos and papers from the conference, go to the NSSPI photo album. ...
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