On February 16, 2011, Dr. Sunil Chirayath, NSSPI TEES Research Scientist and Visiting Assistant Professor in the TAMU Department of Nuclear Engineering, visited the Prairie View A&M University campus to discuss potential collaborative projects between NSSPI and PVAMU as well as to give a guest lecture on the “Nuclear Fuel Cycle” to some inspiring engineering students […]
A ceremony at the Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was held Feb. 20 to commemorate the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Khalifa University, the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and Sandia National Laboratories to jointly operate the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII). […]
Nuclear Security Science and Policy (NSSPI) Graduate Assistant Researchers, Braden Goddard and Chris Ryan, traveled to the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy from December 4 through December 11, 2010, to perform neutron measurements in support of Goddard’s Ph.D. research. The objective of the measurements was to detect neutrons in coincidence using […]
The November issue of the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear News publication features a special section on “Nonproliferation: Addressing and Understanding the Issues.”The special section includes articles by NSSPI Deputy Director Dr. David Boyle (“Reducing proliferation risks through nuclear energy assistance to developing countries”) and NSSPI Associate Director for International Programs, Dr. Paul Nelson (“Status of […]
From August 23-27, 2010 NSSPI student Travis Gitau had the opportunity to be a lecturer in an International Safeguards Seminar held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The purpose of the seminar was to educate and engage young members of the Chinese nuclear industry in international safeguards and nonproliferation efforts. The seminar was organized under […]
NSSPI associate director for international programs, Dr. Paul Nelson, and Adam Hetzler, a graduate student in the Nuclear Engineering department at TAMU, traveled to India the week of August 20-September 4, 2010. The purpose of their visit was to finalize arrangements for Hetzler to present lectures on nuclear security engineering at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University […]
In September 2010, six TAMU students from the Nuclear Engineering department, including two NSSPI students, travelled to Moscow, Russia for a 2-week long internship at the National Research Nuclear University’s Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI). The internship was part of the Joint U.S.-Russia Educational Program on Advanced Energy Technologies, a three-year-long collaboration with the University […]
NSSPI students Jessica Feener and Braden Goddard have been awarded graduate fellowships from the Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards (NNIS) graduate fellowship program. This is the first year of the program, which is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It aims at encouraging students to pursue graduate studies […]
NSSPI student Braden Goddard has been awarded a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award for his paper, “Real-time Detection of UREX+3a Extraction Streams for Materials Accountancy.” Goddard won third place in the category of Nuclear Materials Accountability and Control Instrumentation, an award that carries with it a cash prize of […]
NSSPI graduate, Dr. Karen Miller, was awarded the J. D. Williams Student Paper Award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) at their annual meeting July 11-15, 2010 in Baltimore, MD for her paper “The Uranium Cylinder Assay System for Enrichment Plant Safeguards.” This paper is the result of research she conducted at Los […]
On July 13, NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton was awarded the 2010 Special Service Award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) at the banquet of their 51st annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. The INMM advertises the Special Service Award as one of the three “highest awards given by INMM” and cites the award […]
During the week of June 21-25, students and staff from NSSPI (TAMU), the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI), and the Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering (IATE) took part in a Foreign Field Experience in the UK as part of the Russian Academic Program in Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS). The goal of the […]
NSSPI organized a meeting of the participants in the Russian Academic Program in Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS) at the Labor Spiez in Switzerland during the week of May 31, 2010 to discuss the past successes and future direction of the program. RAP-NIS is a collaboration various international partners to develop nuclear nonproliferation education programs […]
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has listed the establishment of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) and NSSPI’s work with the Gulf States as number 5 in the list of the “Top 17 Science and Technology Activities” in terms of “U.S. government science and technology engagement with the muslim world” […]
NSSPI sponsored twelve undergraduate students to visit the Safeguards Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee May 17-21 for the Nuclear Material Safeguards Nondestructive Assay Techniques education and practical training course. Dr. Sunil Chirayath and Claudio Gariazzo of NSSPI organized and escorted the students on the trip, and Dr. Alexander Solodov […]
NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton was named Advisor of the Year by Texas A&M University’s Department of Student Activities. Charlton advises the university’s student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM). It was through Charlton’s initiative that the first student chapter of the organization was established. Since then, and from the inspirations of […]
INMM Workshop on Proliferation Assessment Tools papers, presentations, agendas, and photos are now available on the NSSPI website.
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University are working with Middle East regional partners to set up a nuclear energy safety, safeguards, and security educational institute in the Gulf region. SNL and NSSPI, partnered with the Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR), with […]
Braden Goddard, a NSSPI doctoral student, has been chosen to receive a $5000 scholarship from the Roy G. Post Foundation on March 9th 2010 at the Waste Management 2010 (WM2010) Awards Luncheon to be held in Phoenix, AZ. Goddard received his B.S. and M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is currently working […]
From November 30th through December 4th, 2009, NSSPI and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at TAMU hosted a group of students from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) and the Tomsk Polytechnic Univerisity (TPU) currently working in the United States as interns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The […]
The Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Applications for International Safeguards Short Course at Oak Ridge National Lab was held November 16-20, 2009. Students from NUEN 605 (Radiation Detection and Nuclear Materials Measurements) and NUEN 650 (Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control) learned about applied nondestructive assay measurement techniques in nuclear material safeguards, discussed nonproliferation issues with NSSPI and […]
The Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering, in conjunction with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), the Nuclear Science Center (NSC), and the College of Engineering, hosted two visitors from the National University of Malaysia the week of November 7, 2009. The visitors were Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. […]
Adrienne LaFleur reflects on her experience at the 2009 31st Annual ESARDA meeting held in Lithuania in the Student Corner section of the September 2009 issue of the INMM Communicator.
India’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle, a book authored by NSSPI affiliate Dr. Taraknath Woddi, NSSPI director Dr. William Charlton, and NSSPI Associate Director for International Programs, Dr. Paul Nelson, will be available to the public September 4, 2009. The book is being published by Morgan and Claypool Publishers and is an “analysis of the current . […]
Braden Goddard won the J. D. Williams Student Paper Award at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which was held in Tucson, Arizona July 12-16, 2009. His paper, “Real-Time Detection of UREX+3a Extraction Streams for Materials Accountancy,” was co-authored by Dr. Charlton and Dr. McDeavitt and was in competition […]
The 31st Annual Meeting of European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) took place from the 26th to the 28th of May, 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania. NSSPI was represented by Dr. William Charlton, Adrienne LaFleur, Dr. Paul Nelson, and Daniel Strohmeyer. According to Adrienne Lafleur, the international community expressed great interest in the research NSSPI […]
This week marked the official launch of the Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal, a group of Distance Education modules aimed at providing education and outreach to those with an interest in enhancing security of nuclear materials and facilities. NSEP is maintained by the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University and was […]
Several TAMU nuclear engineering juniors visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Safeguards Laboratory during the week of May 26-29, 2009 for Nuclear Material Safeguards Nondestructive Assay Techniques education and practical training, hosted by the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute(NSSPI). Students learned about applied nondestructive assay measurement techniques in nuclear material safeguards, discussed nonproliferation issues with […]
NSSPI staff member, D. Grant Ford, recounts his NSSPI experience in the latest issue of the INMM Communicator. In the process of giving his own NSSPI biography, he also explains how safeguards education is carried out in the NSSPI system.
Former Los Alamos Director and current Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, Dr. Siegfried Hecker will be speaking as part of the Nuclear Technology and Society Invited Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Nuclear Engineering Department and NSSPI. Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how North Korea proclaimed itself a […]
NSSPI student, Karen Miller, has been selected the winner of a paper contest held by the Standing Committee on International Security of Radioactive and Nuclear Materials under the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Division of the INMM. Her paper, “When is Noncompliance, Noncompliance?” was presented at the “Third Annual Workshop on Reducing the Risk from Nuclear […]
Former ambassador and NNSA administrator, Mr. Linton Brooks will be speaking as part of the Nuclear Technology and Society Invited Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Nuclear Engineering Department and NSSPI. Ambassador Brooks will discuss the twin challenges of nuclear policy and nuclear arms control facing the new Administration. Prospects for further reductions in nuclear weapons […]
From November 17-21, 2008, NSSPI sent several of its graduate students to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to participate in a week-long short course on safeguards and NDA techniques.
Dr. Paul Nelson and Dr. Chris Sprecher have just released a report showing the results of their research into the factors that determine to what extent a given state is reliant upon civil nuclear power. To view this report, follow the link, below.
On Sept 30th, 2008 a commentary on the India-US Nuclear Agreement by Dr. Nelson and Dr. Boyle appeared in the Washington Times. In this piece, they analyze all of the reasons commonly touted by the opposition to the accord and reveal their weaknesses. To read the piece in its entirety, follow the link below. For […]
NSSPI student, James Miller, was awarded the Nuclear Forensics Fellowship from DNDO/DTRA and the Robert J. Sorenson Memorial Scholarship from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) this summer. Miller is one of six recipients of the Nuclear Forensics Fellowship, a fellowship awarded through a program whose stated goal is “to encourage talented students to […]
NSSPI is to help coordinate a U.S.-Russia Workshop with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The title of the workshop will be “The Next Generation of Advances in Safeguards and Verification Technologies” and will take place at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in Moscow, Russia December 15-16, 2008. This workshop involves commissioned papers by both […]
NSSPI student, Adrienne LaFleur, was named the winner of the Student Best Paper Award at the 8th International Conference on Facility Operations-Safeguards Interface in Portland, Oregon. The title of her paper was “Nondestructive Measurements of Fissile Material Using Self-Indication Neutron Resonance Absorption Densitometry (SINRAD).”