R.J. Finch, A.M. Al-Madhloum, M.J. Schuller, D.R. Boyle, A.H. Mohagheghi, F. Ghanbari, A.D. Williams, and P.A. Beeley ,
"The Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) after Three Years,"
INMM 54th Annual Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Palm Desert, California, USA.
Established in 2011, the Gulf Nuclear Energy
Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) provides a regional mechanism for
developing responsible nuclear energy infrastructure. Combining
education and research, GNEII helps increase understanding about
nuclear energy infrastructure, including safety, safeguards, and
security (3S), among Gulf and Middle East professionals in regional
nuclear-power programs. GNEII is affiliated with the Nuclear
Engineering Department at Khalifa University of Science, Technology
and Research in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
GNEII's mission is to engender, through professional
development and education of decision makers from the region's
nuclear-energy programs, a responsible nuclear-energy culture,
including institutionalized safety, security and nonproliferation
norms. GNEII is a strategic partnership among UAE and USA entities.
In the UAE, these are the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation
(FANR), the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the
Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA),
and Khalifa University. The partnership also includes support from
the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security
Administration Office of Nonproliferation and International
Security and the US Department of State's Partnership for Nuclear
Security. Sandia National Laboratories and Texas A&M
University's Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI)
are the US implementers working with Khalifa University. GNEII's
UAE partners will assume responsibility for GNEII operations by
2017, making it a fully indigenous regional institute.
GNEII completed its second year in 2012 and will have
completed its third year of the Fundamentals Course in May 2013.
After three years, the GNEII Fundamentals Course will have seen
nearly 60 Fellows from four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar) plus Jordan. GNEII
expects to continue its expansion to include all GCC countries plus
select regional countries outside the GCC (e.g., Jordan, Morocco).
As GNEII continues to expand and further inculcate a culture of
integrated 3S, it is expected that GNEII will become a world-class
educational, training, and research hub with broad regional and
*Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory
managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department
of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract