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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Mohammed Hawila

December 13, 2016

Mohammed Hawila will be receiving his Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in December.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to analyze security, safety, and combined safety-security risk for possible accident scenarios.  The outcome of his research is a methodology to perform combined safety and security risk analysis to compute the frequency of joint top-event system failures.  Hawila received his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2012.  He worked ...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Jose Trevino

November 16, 2016

Jose "Paco" Trevino will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in health physics from Texas A&M University in December.  He worked with Dr. Craig Marianno to determine the radiation doses that are received by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dogs in radiologically contaminated environments. These dogs are valuable members of USAR teams and represent a large investment in time and money spent on training. Trevino's research will give USAR dog handlers more information when deployed to areas contaminated with radiological material and allow them to make informed decisions regarding the ...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Evans Kitcher

July 12, 2016

Evans Kitcher will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to develop a generic design for Small Modular Reactors, which he then analyzed with respect to xenon-induced power oscillations. Kitcher earned a B.S. in physics at the University of Papua New Guinea before coming to Texas A&M University in August 2010. Under the tutelage of Dr. Chirayath, Kitcher earned a M.S. in nuclear engineering in December 2012 focusing on small modular reactor design and continued in the same field for...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Meyappan Subbaiah

July 5, 2016

Meyappan Subbaah will be receiving his M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  He worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to study the various indicators of nuclear proliferation actions by states in order to quantify the associated level of risk. This study expands upon previous proliferation risk work by investigating the number of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing (ENR) facilities a state has based on various historical indicators.  Subbaiah earned his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M in 2014. As an undergr...
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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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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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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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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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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Marlene Bencomo

May 9, 2016

Marlene Bencomo will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University this May.  She worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath to do a parametric study of molybdenum-99 production using a sub-critical, low-enriched uranium (LEU) assembly design proposed by Niowave, Inc.  While molybdenum-99 has been produced using highly-enriched uranium (HEU), there is an international interest to produce this isotope using LEU due to the nuclear proliferation concerns of HEU. Niowave, Inc. is a facility that has plans to produce molybdenum-99 in the United States.&...
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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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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 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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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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PVAMU Students Participate in Field Exercise at Disaster City and Visit the NSC

May 12, 2015

Students and faculty from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) visited the Texas A&M University Nuclear Science Center (NSC) and participated in a field detection exercise at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Disaster City facility. It was the second visit to Texas A&M for the group from PVAMU as part of the Nuclear Forensics for Minority Serving Institutions (NF-MSI) program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).  The visit was organized by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Nucle...
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INMM Student Chapter and NSSPI Lead Nuclear Security Exercise at ANS Student Conference

April 27, 2015

At the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Conference, held at Texas A&M University, the officers of the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), along with faculty from the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), led participants in a table-top exercise that focused on the practical applications of nuclear security at facilities. The Nuclear Security Initiative (NSI) is an exercise designed by the faculty at NSSPI to be very similar to the exercises used by technical and public policy officials to simulate...
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NSSPI Student Presentations Highlighted in ANS Nuclear News

January 29, 2015

Presentations made by NSSPI students Royal Elmore and Matthew Swinney at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in November 2014 were highlighted in the January 2015 edition of the ANS's publication Nuclear News. Their presentations were part of a session on nonproliferation sponsored by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Technical Group (whose name was changed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division in November). Elmore's presentation focused on the application of the Proliferation Resistance Analysis and Evaluation Tool (PRAETOR), which was developed by NSSPI to as...
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NSSPI AggiE-Challenge Team Participates in TAMU Engineering Project Showcase

April 29, 2013

The AggiE-Challenge team, led by faculty advisor, NSSPI faculty member Dr. Sunil Chirayath, and graduate student advisor Evans Kitcher, was one of over 100 teams to participate in the 2013 TAMU Engineering Project Showcase on April 19.  The team consists of eleven junior and senior level undergraduate students from the departments of Nuclear Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The project, titled "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Effectively Interdict Highly Enriched Uranium Smuggling," addresses one of the grand challenges articulated by the National Acad...
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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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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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NSSPI Sponsors NDA Applications Short Course Held at ORNL

November 1, 2011

During the week of October 24-28, a group of TAMU Nuclear Engineering students visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN, to participate in the "Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Applications for International Safeguards" practical short course at ORNL's Safeguards Laboratory as part of the  "Radiation Detection and Nuclear Material Measurements" class at TAMU (NUEN-605). The class consisted of both lectures and valuable hands-on experience with safeguards instrumentation and software, providing the students with practical understanding of a number of NDA techn...
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LaFleur Featured in INMM Communicator

September 4, 2009

Adrienne LaFleur reflects on her experience at the 2009 31st Annual ESARDA meeting held in Lithuania in the Student Corner section of the September 2009 issue of the INMM Communicator. ...
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