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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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Gariazzo Presents Nuclear Security Lecture Series for Students at PDPU in India

February 11, 2015

From January 19-30, Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering Ph.d. student and NSSPI research staff member Claudio Gariazzo presented a series of 14 lectures on nuclear security to a group of eight first-year master's degree students at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in India. The course covered basic nuclear nonproliferation and security, radiation detection, threat identification, facility characterization, physical security science, and other relevant topics. The program is sponsored by the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security, and Gariazzo is the four...
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NSSPI Participates in Fourth GNEII Symposium and Graduation Held at Khalifa University

May 29, 2014

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) at Khalifa University's Abu Dhabi campus commemorated the conclusion of the fourth year of the program with a two-day symposium on nuclear safety, security, and safeguards May 18-19.  The event concluded with a graduation ceremony for this year's participants.   NSSPI Deputy Director Dr. David Boyle, who was among the GNEII instructors, and Texas A&M University Nuclear Engineering Department Head Dr. Yassin Hassan attended the symposium and graduation ceremony on behalf of Texas A&M and the Texas A&M...
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Swinney Lectures on Nuclear Safeguards and Security at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in India

April 4, 2014

From January 15 through February 16, 2014, NSSPI Ph.D. student Mathew Swinney presented a series of 27 lectures on nuclear safeguards and security to a group of 11 first-year master's degree students at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in India.  The program is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of State through the Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) and Texas A&M University through the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI). This is the third time that NSSPI has sent a Ph.D. student to PDPU to present lectures on nuclear safeguards an...
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Munshi Visit Moves Forward Partnership between Indian University and NSSPI

January 6, 2014

In early December 2013, NSSPI hosted the senior faculty member and Convener Prof. Prabhat Munshi of the Nuclear Engineering and Technology Program at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K). The purpose of Prof. Munshi's visit was to discuss the possibilities of student/faculty exchange in the light of the recent Memorandum of Agreement signed between Texas A&M University's College of Engineering and IIT-K.  Prof. Munshi had discussions with Texas A&M College of Engineering officials and was briefed about the capabilities of the Nuclear Engineering Department...
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NSSPI Hosts Indonesian Delegation for Nuclear Security Education

December 12, 2013

Faculty and students from Gadjah Mada University (GMU) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia spent a week at NSSPI in November to discuss nuclear security education and experience the NSSPI curriculum firsthand.  Their stop at NSSPI was part of a longer trip to prominent university programs in nuclear security throughout the US meant to expose the students and educators to the state-of-the-art in the field. GMU is the only university in Indonesia offering a nuclear-engineering curriculum. The university's Nuclear Engineering Study Program was established in 1977 in order to fulfill the d...
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Goddard Lectures at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

May 2, 2013

From 11-18 April, recent NSSPI Ph.D. graduate Braden Goddard traveled to northern India to teach classes in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK). Goddard gave a series of six 75 minute lectures, covering such topics as nuclear safeguards, Monte Carlo methods, and nuclear security science. These lectures were attended by two professors, two Ph.D. students, and eight Masters of Technology (M.Tech.) students from IITK. This series of lectures was considered to be part of the class requirements for the M. Tech. students, and, as such, th...
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Miller Travels to India to Lecture on Nuclear Security

April 11, 2013

NSSPI senior Ph.D. student James Miller is currently visiting the Nuclear Energy program at Pandit Deendayahl Petroleum University (PDPU) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.  He is there to give a series of lectures on nuclear security to students in the PDPU Nuclear Energy Masters of Technology (M.Tech.) program.  The five-week course runs from March 18 - April 20 and covers topics including the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear security, physical protection, and nuclear materials accounting.  The five PDPU student participants are all first-year students with backgrounds in m...
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Chirayath to Co-Supervise Students at South Africa’s North-West University

April 9, 2013

NSSPI faculty member Dr. Sunil S. Chirayath has been selected by the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at South Africa's North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) to be the Co-Supervisor for two of their Nuclear Engineering graduate students.  Dr. Chirayath will advising Ph.D. student Marina du Toit and M.Sc. student Sinenhlanhla Sihlangu in their research along with North-West faculty members Dr. Anthonie Cilliers and Dr. Vishnu Naicker, respectively. Ms. Toit will be conducting research on the "Development of Gen III+ PWR Thorium based Fuels" and Ms. Sihlang...
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Gariazzo Invited to Lecture at 11th ESARDA Course on Nuclear Safeguards and Nonproliferation

March 14, 2013

NSSPI Research Engineer, Claudio Gariazzo, was invited to lecture at the 11th European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) Course on Nuclear Safeguards and Nonproliferation  in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia.  Held from February 25th to March 1st, the course was aimed for only ASEAN countries (with Australian observers).  The course had 36 participants from around Southeast Asia and Australia and also included lecturers from the Joint Research Centre of Ispra, Italy, the Japanese Atomic Energy Authority's Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonprolifer...
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NSSPI Team Places First in AggiE-Challenge Showcase Presentations

December 5, 2012

The AggiE-Challenge team led by NSSPI faculty member Dr. Sunil Chirayath placed first in the AggiE-Challenge Showcase student poster presentation competition held on Monday, December 3rd.  The showcase marked the end of the first semester of work for the AggiE-Challenge teams.  The AggiE-Challenge program is sponsored by the Dwight Look College of Engineering at TAMU and aims at actively engaging undergraduate students with multidisciplinary team projects related to the major engineering challenges facing our society as articulated by publications like the National Academy...
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NSSPI Receives Visitors from Indian University

August 27, 2012

During the first two weeks of July, NSSPI hosted two students, Mr. Manit Shah and Mr. Vijay Mehta, from the M. Tech. program in Nuclear Energy at the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), along with Profesor Shriram Paranjape, Chair of the Nuclear Energy department at PDPU.  The objective of their visit was to receive hands-on laboratory experience in measurement techniques to support the security of nuclear materials. During their visit to NSSPI, the PDPU delegation attended lectures and participated in lab experiences on various nuclear security topics led by NSSPI ...
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Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Begins Year Two

March 9, 2012

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) is set to begin the second year of courses at the Abu Dhabi campus of Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates.  The 2012 program will be divided into 4 month-long modules that will run from March 4th until September with multi-week breaks in between. Nineteen students from the Gulf region are currently attending the courses, which cover the technical foundations of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards, and nuclear security and safety, followed by a capstone module in which students research, prep...
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NSSPI to Collaborate with Malaysia on Educational Initiatives

March 6, 2012

According to the World Nuclear Association, "Asia is the main region in the world where electricity generating capacity and specifically nuclear power is growing significantly." Among those nations interested in adding nuclear power to their energy mix, Malaysia is currently working toward 2021 as a target date for the country to start generating its own nuclear power.  As such, the country needs to develop the required human resources in the academic, industrial, and legal sectors very quickly.  With such an ambitious goal, Malaysian universities are actively pursuing coo...
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Ceremony Marks Completion of GNEII Pilot Course

June 21, 2011

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) celebrated the completion of its pilot course with a ceremony at the Khalifa University campus in Abu Dhabi on May 19, 2011.  A total of ten Emirati students participated in the "Fundamentals" module, a 12-week educational program focused on nuclear power and nuclear safety, safeguards, and security. These students are employees of three major, nuclear energy-related organizations in the UAE, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and the Critical National Infr...
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New Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal Released

June 9, 2011

NSSPI has released a new version of its Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal (NSEP), an application that provides introductory educational resources for students anywhere in the world with an interest in nuclear safeguards and the security of nuclear materials.  The new version of the portal allows students to test their knowledge through online assessments and includes support for iPhones and iPads. Instructors using NSEP as part of a course will also be able to have students email them results of their online assessments. NSEP was original...
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Gitau Participates in Safeguards Seminar in China

November 2, 2010

From August 23-27, 2010 NSSPI student Travis Gitau had the opportunity to be a lecturer in an International Safeguards Seminar held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The purpose of the seminar was to educate and engage young members of the Chinese nuclear industry in international safeguards and nonproliferation efforts. The seminar was organized under an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State Development Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China on Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT), the National Nuclea...
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Nelson and Hetzler Lay Foundations for Joint Nuclear Security Education Programs in India

October 11, 2010

NSSPI associate director for international programs, Dr. Paul Nelson, and Adam Hetzler, a graduate student in the Nuclear Engineering department at TAMU, traveled to India the week of August 20-September 4, 2010.  The purpose of their visit was to finalize arrangements for Hetzler to present lectures on nuclear security engineering at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and Magalore University (MU) and to explore the possibility of developing education programs in the field at other Indian universities.  As part of these preparations, a letter of cooperation was s...
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NSSPI Students and Faculty Participate in Joint U.S.-Russia Educational Program Internship in Moscow

October 7, 2010

In September 2010, six TAMU students from the Nuclear Engineering department, including two NSSPI students, travelled to Moscow, Russia for a 2-week long internship at the National Research Nuclear University's Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). The internship was part of the Joint U.S.-Russia Educational Program on Advanced Energy Technologies, a three-year-long collaboration with the University of Maryland funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which focuses on increasing interaction between U.S. universities and MEPhI through workshops, student exchanges and facul...
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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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NSSPI Launches Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal

June 15, 2009

This week marked the official launch of the Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal, a group of Distance Education modules aimed at providing education and outreach to those with an interest in enhancing security of nuclear materials and facilities. NSEP is maintained by the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University and was developed through the work of Dr. William Charlton, D. Grant Ford, Jr., Dr. Wen-Hsing Hsu, Kelley Ragusa, and Dr. Daniel Reece. Funding for NSEP was provided by the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security (NA-24) ...
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