W.S. Charlton, D.G. Ford, W.D. Reece, W.H. Hsu, and K. Ragusa,
"Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal at Texas A&M University,"
Transactions of the 2009 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting
, Washington, D.C., November 15-19, 2009.
The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at
Texas A&M University (TAMU) has established a Master of Science
in Nuclear Engineering that focuses primarily on Nuclear
Safeguards, Security, and Nonproliferation. This program has been
effective at educating the next generation of safeguards experts in
nuclear engineering. However, the safeguards community must
increase its capability to educate a broader audience of nuclear
engineers, such as those in the commercial nuclear power sector, in
addition to recruiting and educating outside of nuclear engineering
departments. As a result, NSSPI has already developed and taught a
1-hour lecture to all incoming freshman in the TAMU Nuclear
Engineering program. In addition to this, lectures are being
prepared that will be given in the senior level design course at
both the undergraduate and graduate level. These lectures are a
first step toward developing a lecture series that may be given in
all the disciplines applicable to safeguards such as mathematics,
political science, physics, other engineering disciplines, etc.
Additional information may be required for this outreach such as
reading materials or videos to provide background information, and
post lecture exercises as a homework assignment or mechanism for
engaging the professors of the other disciplines.