W.S. Charlton and D.G. Ford,
"A Course on the Design of Nuclear Security Systems,"
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
, Vol. 105, Washington, D.C., October 30–November 3, 2011
Significant enhancements have been made to the security
systems at nuclear and radiological facilities. In order to
maintain these security systems and to promote
additional security improvements, we must work to forward an
enhanced security culture and promote the use of science and
technology in security systems. Reaching that goal must include
nuclear security technology as a component of the education
system in order to provide a long-term continuous development
of nuclear security as a discipline.
Texas A&M University (TAMU) recognized the growing need
for new human capital in the area of nuclear security several
years ago. In order to help fill a part of that need, TAMU has
worked to develop graduate and undergraduate courses in the
areas of nuclear security, nuclear safeguards, and nuclear
nonproliferation [2-3]. TAMU recently developed and
implemented a course on the design of security systems for
nuclear and radiological facilities. The material for this
course was developed in consultation with subject matter
experts from U.S. national laboratories and private industry.
This course was taught as a pilot course and will be
implemented in the future as a regular course at TAMU. A
general description of the course, course learning objectives,
topics covered, and assignments used is given below.