William S. Charlton, David Boyle, Sunil Chirayath, David G. Ford, Claudio A. Gariazzo, Craig Marianno, Kelley Ragusa, Alexander Solodov,
"Educating the Next Generation of Nuclear Safeguards and Security Experts at TAMU,"
Proceedings of GLOBAL 2011
, Makuhar, Japan, December 11-16, 2011.
The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) has
established a Nuclear Nonproliferation specialization for the
Master of Science degree within the Nuclear Engineering Department
at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Since 2004, twenty-eight
students have received MS degrees in this area and over 200
(technical and policy) students have taken classes offered by NSSPI
at TAMU. The model for educating safeguards and security experts is
being changed at TAMU. Beyond conventional classroom lectures,
NSSPI has developed alternative educational models based on
practical experience, asynchronous learning portals, and virtual
courses in both nuclear safeguards and nuclear security. Due to the
experimental and practical past experiences of NSSPI staff and
faculty, a heavy hands-on component has been implemented for TAMU
nuclear engineering graduate students: hands-on education at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, visiting nuclear installations in other
countries to discuss applied safeguards, and summer internships at
several national laboratories. In an effort to disseminate basic
nuclear education for professionals and students around the globe,
NSSPI has developed a publically-available online resource that
offers self-paced, independent course modules in basic safeguards
and security education: the Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal.
Another venture utilized by NSSPI is using a virtual TAMU campus to
hold classes for students at a distance. NSSPI is building upon a
successful academic program by embracing new educational means.
This paper describes the current efforts NSSPI and TAMU have
undertaken in strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation,
safeguards and security human resource capacity domestically and
internationally and the lessons learned from these efforts.