S.S. Chirayath, C.M. Marianno, C,A. Gariazzo and K.H. Ragusa,
"Ten years of Nuclear Security Education, Research and Training at Texas A&M University ,"
ANS Topical Meeting: Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Conference (ANTPC), Santa Fe, NM, USA, 25-30 September 2016.
The Nuclear Security Science and Policy
Institute (NSSPI) is a multidisciplinary organization at Texas
A&M University administered by the Texas A&M Engineering
Experiment Station (TEES). NSSPI was established in March 2006 to
promote graduate-level research based education by focusing on
topics related to nuclear material safeguards and security [1, 2].
NSSPI's mission is (a) to employ science, engineering and policy
expertise to conduct research and development to help detect,
prevent and reverse nuclear and radiological proliferation and
guards against nuclear terrorism, (b) educate the next generation
of nuclear security leaders, (c) analyze the interrelationship
between policy and technology in the field of nuclear security, and
(d) serve as a public resource of knowledge and skills to reduce
NSSPI combines the talent of internationally
recognized researchers from the US's largest nuclear engineering
department at Texas A&M with renowned policy expertise from
Texas A&M's Bush School of Government and Public Service. This
team brings unique capabilities to bear on complex nuclear threats
and proliferation challenges involving both policy and
technology. NSSPI works in collaboration with US national
laboratories, the IAEA and other partners to address the problems
associated with the malicious use of nuclear materials and to study
the policy issues related to nuclear security.