The greatest threat to the world today is the proliferation of
nuclear and radiological weapons. The Nuclear Security Science and
Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A & M University (TAMU) works
collaboratively to develop nuclear security technical education
programs with two premier Russian universities: the Moscow
Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) and the Obninsk Institute for
Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE). RAP-NIS develops future leaders
who will work to detect, deter, and prevent the proliferation of
nuclear materials and technology.
The U.S. and Russia need technically sophisticated nuclear
scientists and engineers to promote clean energy, address nuclear
waste legacies, prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and
material, and facilitate participation in the community of nations.
Through RAP-NIS, Russia's next generation of nuclear specialists
will (1) be equipped with modern practices and training in nuclear
material safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation issues, (2) have a
working network of related international contacts, and (3) have the
skills and expertise necessary to support a sustainable Russian
nuclear security culture.
RAP-NIS has resulted in the development of 4 new Master of Science
degree specializations in Russia and 1 new Master of Science degree
specialization in the U.S. focused on nuclear nonproliferation.
RAP-NIS is impacting the lives of young professionals and investing
in the future of clean nuclear energy. This will lead to an
increased security culture in both the U.S. and Russia and will
help to make the world a more secure place.
TAMU, MEPhI, and IATE faculty and students at the RAP-NIS meeting in Switzerland in 2010
- Claudio Gariazzo, William Charlton, and Kenneth Lee Peddicord,
"US-Russia Academic Collaborations at Texas A&M University,"
Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials and Management, Baltimore, MD, USA, July 11-15, 2010. See Document
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- Cynthia L. Heinberg, Cristen L Duncan, Mark H. Killinger, Kent O. Goodey, Edward F. Kryuchkov, Nikolai I. Geraskin, Maxim E. Silaev, Elena K. Sokova,
"International Internships in Nuclear Safeguards and Security: Challenges and Successes,"
Proceedings, Pacific Northwest International Conference on Global Nuclear Security – the Decade Ahead, Portland, OR, April 2010.
- Philip Casey Durst and Claudio Gariazzo,
"The Prospect of a Revitalized Russian and American Nuclear Safeguards Partnership,"
Proceedings of 50th Annual Meeting of INMM, July 12-16, 2009, Tucson, AZ. See Document
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