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NSSPI Faculty Lead Nuclear Security Workshop for Indian Universities

September 12, 2014

NSSPI faculty members Dr. William Charlton, Dr. Sunil Chirayath, and Dr. Craig Marianno conducted a two and a half day workshop on nuclear security at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IIT-K), which was jointly sponsored by the US State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) and IIT-K.  Participants in this workshop were faculty and students from various universities throughout India that have nuclear science, engineering, or technology programs, including Amity University, Delhi University, Delhi Technological University, IIT-Bombay, Jadhavpur University, and Pa...
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Chirayath Speaks at Nuclear Security Education Workshop in Indonesia

September 3, 2014

In August, NSSPI Associate Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath traveled to Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to speak as part of the Workshop on the Enhancement of Nuclear Engineering Curriculum with Nuclear Security Subjects.  The workshop was sponsored by the US State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) and was aimed at enhancing UGM educators' understanding of nuclear security. UGM's Department of Engineering Physics is the only university in Indonesia offering a nuclear engineering curriculum. Therefore, they are ready to play an important role in the de...
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NSSPI Holds Nuclear Security Training Series for Indian Universities

August 27, 2014

This summer, NSSPI hosted the first part of the 2014 Nuclear Security Training Series (NSTS), sponsored by the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS).  The program was coordinated by NSSPI faculty member Dr. Sunil Chirayath and participants included 24 students and faculty members from three Indian Universities: Anna University (Chennai); the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur); and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (Gandhinagar). While in College Station, the participants attended lectures on nuclear security and nuclear security culture, vis...
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NSSPI Holds Graduation for PNS Summer Certificate in Nuclear Security Program

August 8, 2014

In July, NSSPI graduated its first class of students in the Summer Certificate in Nuclear Security Program. Sponsored by the US State Department's Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), the certificate program is an eight-week intensive course designed to produce nuclear professionals who will lead efforts to reduce the security risks associated with nuclear and radiological materials, while ensuring the peaceful use of nuclear energy is available to all. Participants earned academic credit by completing three university courses taught by NSSPI faculty. The program also included...
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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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NSSPI Participates in Global Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards Human Resource Development Symposium and Seminar in Japan

March 25, 2014

Six NSSPI students, along with NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton, Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering Department Head Dr. Yassin Hassan, and Dr. Richard MacNamee of the Bush School, traveled to Tokyo, Japan to attend the International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security and Safeguards from February 25th - March 7th.  The symposium was organized by the Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TI-Tech) in Cooperation with NSSPI, the Embassy of France in Japan, the J...
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NSSPI Hosts Student Interns from Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia

January 29, 2014

During the Fall 2013 semester, NSSPI hosted two student interns from the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Tomsk, Russia.  The exchange was part of a joint project with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) led by NSSPI Associate Research Engineer Claudio Gariazzo to exchange technical and cultural information between academic personnel through collaborative research and build relationships between TPU and NSSPI/PNNL. The students selected for the program, Stanislav Edreev and Aleksandr Ovchinnikov, are engineering degree program (EDP) students from TPU. Their 11 w...
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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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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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NSSPI Hosts Academic Exchange with Students and Faculty from the Tokyo Institute of Technology

November 26, 2013

NSSPI hosted a group of students and faculty from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TI Tech) from September 11-13 for an academic exchange with NSSPI students and faculty.  Students from both institutions presented their research and participated in social activities together.  Faculty also discussed future collaboration between Texas A&M and TI Tech.   While at Texas A&M, the TI Tech delegation visited the Nuclear Science Center and Disaster City, where they participated in an emergency response exercise led by NSSPI faculty member Dr. Craig Marianno....
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NSSPI Students and Staff Participate in 7th Annual Nuclear Nonproliferation Summer School in Tomsk, Russia

September 2, 2013

August 7-18, NSSPI students and staff joined students and faculty from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk State University, and several other Russian and Ukrainian universities at the seventh annual Summer School for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy in Tomsk, Russia. The summer school gives students from both technical and policy backgrounds the opportunity to meet international peers, experience a different culture, engage in dialogue on security, safeguards, and nonproliferation related concerns, and interact with experts from various international org...
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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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GNEII Marks the End of Year 3 with Graduation Ceremony and Symposium

May 28, 2013

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) concluded its third year with a graduation ceremony and two-day symposium on nuclear safety, security, and safeguards held at the Abu Dhabi campus of Khalifa University on May 19th-20th.  The 20 fellows who participated in the program this year represented the largest graduating class for GNEII since its inception.  This year's fellows came from across the Gulf Cooperation Council states, specifically from the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  The symposium was opened by Ambassador Michael H. Corbin, the US Amba...
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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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NSSPI Leads Nuclear Facilities Experience in Japan

April 18, 2013

The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University recently conducted the 2013 Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) in Japan. The event was co-coordinated with the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of the Japan Atomic Energy Authority. Participants in the NFE included students and professors from Texas A&M, the Tomsk Polytechnic University of Russia, and the Hanoi University of Science of the Vietnamese National University.  Dr. William Charlton, director of NSSPI and an associate professor...
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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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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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Charlton Chairs Session at 1st Asan Nuclear Forum

March 20, 2013

NSSPI Director, Dr. William Charlton traveled to Seoul, Korea February 19-20, 2013 to participate in the 1st Asan Nuclear Forum hosted by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.  At this forum, 200 leading nuclear experts from over 30 countries and international organization gathered to discuss major issues in nuclear nonproliferation, peaceful use of nuclear energy and nuclear security.  Dr. Charlton chaired a session at the forum on Nuclear Safety and Terrorism and moderated a luncheon on nuclear security. ...
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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 Hosts Interns from the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia

December 13, 2012

From October 1 to December, NSSPI hosted two student interns from the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Tomsk, Russia.  Denis Tatarnikov and Dmitry Prokopyev spent their internship at NSSPI conducting research in nuclear security and nuclear forensics under a project sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Material Protection, Control, and Accounting and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  The Tomsk students not only conducted substantive research projects during their time at NSSPI, producing a detailed report and presentation, bu...
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GNEII Hosts Symposium and Graduation Ceremony

October 10, 2012

The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) held a two-day symposium and graduation ceremony on the Abu Dhabi campus of Khalifa University on October 9 and 10 to mark the completion of their 2012 program.  The symposium focused on nuclear safety, security, and safeguards and featured the eleven capstone projects completed by the GNEII fellows. The 2012 GNEII class consisted of 26 fellows from five different countries.  The capstone projects were the culmination of the 16-week GNEII course.  Four of the capstone projects are already slated for publicatio...
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NSSPI Leads Nonproliferation Exercise with Kenyan Workshop Participants

September 13, 2012

NSSPI faculty organized a series of lectures and exercises relating to nonproliferation and Safety, Security, and Safeguards (3S) for a group of twenty-nine Kenyans attending a Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) workshop from July 8 through August 8.  The workshop was focused on building the capability in Kenya to embark on a nuclear power program, and current 3S standards and practices were presented to the group as fundamental requirements of any nuclear program.  The participants in the workshop represented a wide range of professionals from the Kenyan government, academia, ...
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NSSPI Faculty and Students Participate in Nonproliferation Summer School in Russia

August 29, 2012

From August 10 - 20, 2012, NSSPI faculty and students traveled to Tomsk in Russia to participate in the 6th International Nonproliferation Summer School: "Nuclear Technologies: Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy." They also met with and discussed joint research and educational projects with Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) faculty, signed a joint TAMU-TPU Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and toured the TPU Museum, Exhibition Center, Educational laboratories, and the Atomic Energy Information Center. At the Nonproliferation Summer School, 26 stude...
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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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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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Solodov Participates in NNSA Sponsored NDA Workshop at AELB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 16, 2012

During the period of March 30 - April 7, Dr. Alexander Solodov travelled to Malaysia as part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) team to participate in a Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Workshop.  The training workshop was intended for representatives of Malaysian nuclear agencies and universities and was focused on the use of the handheld radiation detector identiFINDER for various applications including: search, location, and identification of radiological and nuclear materials; gamma spectroscopy; and nuclear safeguards features such as uranium enrichment measurements. The worksh...
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Special Issue of the Journal of Nuclear Materials Management to Feature RAP-NIS Students

March 12, 2012

The Winter 2012 edition of the Journal of Nuclear Materials Management is a special issue featuring the work of students involved in the Russian Academic Program on Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS), a technical safeguards education collaboration between NSSPI, TAMU, and two premier Russian universities: the Russian National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (NRNU-MEPhI) and the Obninsk State Technical University's Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering (NRNU-IATE). According to NSSPI research engineer Claudio Gariazzo in the ...
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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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Barretto to Speak on the Iranian Nuclear Issue at Symposium

February 6, 2012

Dr. Paulo Barretto will be speaking in an upcoming MSC Wiley Lecture Series symposium on the Iranian nuclear issue on February 8, 2012 in the Koldus Building on the campus of Texas A&M University.  The speakers for this symposium will discuss the Iranian nuclear issue and give their comments and ideas on recent events, such as the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist, the economic sanctions imposed by US on Iran, the possible consequences of oil sanctions on the European economy, US national security and foreign policy, and the possibility of military conflict if Iran insist...
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Solodov Participates in 7th Permanent Coordinating Group Meeting between DOE and BAPETEN, Indonesia

January 20, 2012

In December 2011, NSSPI staff member Dr. Alexander Solodov travelled to Indonesia as part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) team to participate in a series of meetings with the Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN). The first event was the 7thPermanent Coordinating Group meeting in Bali, Indonesia, during which the US DOE delegation and BAPETEN representatives discussed the progress of ongoing joint activities in the area of nuclear material accounting, safeguards, and security. Plans for the upcoming year and new joint projects were also outlined and approved by ...
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NSSPI Students Present Research at GLOBAL 2011

January 17, 2012

From December 11-16, 2011, NSSPI staff and students presented their work at the GLOBAL 2011 conference held at Makuhari Messe in the Chiba province of Japan. The first day of the conference was focused on the affects of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident on the nuclear futures of nations such as France, Russia, the U.S., Kazakhstan, India, and, of course, Japan. The second day was devoted to in-depth discussions on advances in technology related to the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. NSSPI students Braden Goddard, Julia Eigenbrodt, and Alison Goodsell were able to present their wo...
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NSSPI Hosts Russian Student Interns from Tomsk Polytechnic University

January 12, 2012

This fall, NSSPI hosted two student interns, Vladimir Marchenko and Alexey Nikienko, from the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) of Russia through a project coordinated by NSSPI staff members Claudio Gariazzo and Dr. Alexander Solodov. The objective of their tenure at TAMU was to fulfill a practical work experience requirement as part of their respective engineering degree plans and to enhance their proficiency of the English language. Both students are enrolled in the TPU nuclear material protection, control and accounting engineering degree program. Working und...
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Charlton Participates in International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development in Malaysia

December 15, 2011

From December 5-9, 2011, NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton traveled to Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia to participate in the "International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development at the National University of Malaysia (UKM)."  The objective of the workshop was for experts from the US and the Republic of Korea to provide an initial consultation to the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and UKM on safeguards curriculum development as part of the planned Safety, Safeguards and Security (3S) program at UKM.  UKM hopes to become a hub of 3S training in the region...
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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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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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Marianno to Join the NNSA’s Consequence Management Response Team to Assist Japan

March 23, 2011

Dr. Craig Marianno has been called to support home team operations for the NNSA's Consequence Management Response Team (CMRT) at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.  On March 15th, the NNSA deployed 33 experts and more than 17,200 pounds of equipment to U.S. consulates and military bases in Japan to monitor radiation levels and gather technical information about the situation on the ground.  As part of the team in Las Vegas, Marianno will be working in dose assessment and helping to interrupt radiological data (both ground and aerial measurements) as it comes ...
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TEES signs MOU with Khalifa University and Sandia National Laboratories for GNEII

February 23, 2011

A ceremony at the Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was held Feb. 20 to commemorate the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Khalifa University, the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and Sandia National Laboratories to jointly operate the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII). Located in Abu Dhabi, GNEII will be a Khalifa University institute housing a regional education program offering both classroom instruction and hands-on experience in topics related to nuclear ener...
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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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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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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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GNEII Listed by White House as a Major Achievement in Enhanced Science and Technology Partnership with the Muslim World

June 11, 2010

The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has listed the establishment of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) and NSSPI's work with the Gulf States as number 5 in the list of the "Top 17 Science and Technology Activities" in terms of "U.S. government science and technology engagement with the muslim world" for the period of June 4, 2009 - June 4, 2010 According to the government fact sheet, GNEII "will work with Gulf States through regional workshops and follow-up bilateral training to assist those states that decide to pursue nuclear energy wi...
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NSSPI Participates in the Establishment of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute

April 12, 2010

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University are working with Middle East regional partners to set up a nuclear energy safety, safeguards, and security educational institute in the Gulf region. SNL and NSSPI, partnered with the Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR), with suppot from its key nuclear stakeholders, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), plan to jointly establish the institute in Abu Dhabi. The Gu...
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ORNL and PNNL Interns from Russian Universities Visit TAMU

January 4, 2010

From November 30th through December 4th, 2009, NSSPI and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at TAMU hosted a group of students from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) and the Tomsk Polytechnic Univerisity (TPU) currently working in the United States as interns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The students, Dmitry Gerasimov, Andrey Zhukov, Leonid Khodalev, Olga Mikhaylova, and Petr Mansurov, were able to tour the campus and sit in on several graduate-level nuclear engineering classes and labs as part of their e...
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NSSPI Hosts Visitors from the National University of Malaysia.

November 16, 2009

The Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering, in conjunction with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), the Nuclear Science Center (NSC), and the College of Engineering, hosted two visitors from the National University of Malaysia the week of November 7, 2009. The visitors were Prof. Emeritus Dato' Dr. Noramly bin Muslim, Professor and Chairman of Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), and Prof. Dr. Shahidan bin Radiman, Chairman of the School of Applied Physics. The official purpose for the visit was to discuss possible ...
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Book on India's Nuclear Fuel Cycle to Appear Soon

August 28, 2009

India's Nuclear Fuel Cycle, a book authored by NSSPI affiliate Dr. Taraknath Woddi, NSSPI director Dr. William Charlton, and NSSPI Associate Director for International Programs, Dr. Paul Nelson, will be available to the public September 4, 2009. The book is being published by Morgan and Claypool Publishers and is an "analysis of the current . . . status and future potential of India's nuclear fuel cycle." ...
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CEIP U.S.-Russia Workshop

August 11, 2008

NSSPI is to help coordinate a U.S.-Russia Workshop with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The title of the workshop will be "The Next Generation of Advances in Safeguards and Verification Technologies" and will take place at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in Moscow, Russia December 15-16, 2008. This workshop involves commissioned papers by both U.S. and Russian scientists exploring "transformational approaches" that may provide technological means for enabling breakthroughs in multilateral approaches to safeguarding the fuel cycle in problematic emerging nucl...
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