The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) is a
multidisciplinary organization at Texas A&M University and the first U.S.
academic institution focused on technical graduate education,
research, and service related to the safeguarding of nuclear
materials and the reduction of nuclear threats. In March of 2006,
NSSPI was formed as a joint center between Texas A&M and the Texas A&M
Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the engineering research
agency of the Texas
A&M University System. We work in collaboration with U.S.
national laboratories, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and
other partners to address the problems associated with the
malicious use of nuclear materials and to study policy issues
related to nuclear security.
NSSPI combines the talent of internationally recognized
researchers from the U.S.'s largest nuclear engineering department
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 holds observer status with the IAEA and is actively
engaged in providing training and educational support to the
agency. We also have Master Task Agreements or Memoranda of
Understanding in place with Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Pacific Northwest,
NSSPI employs science, engineering, and policy expertise to:
- conduct research and development to help detect, prevent, and
reverse nuclear and radiological proliferation and guard against
- educate the next generation of nuclear security leaders;
- analyze the interrelationships between policy and technology in
the field of nuclear security; and
- serve as a public resource for knowledge and skills to reduce