From October 21-25, Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) Director and Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering Dr. Sunil Chirayath served as a non-staff expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Faculty Development Course on Nuclear Security conducted at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The course covered topics traditionally included in a nuclear security education program, and the participants came from various universities and institutions of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. IAEA Nuclear Security Division staff members Dr. D. Nikonov and Ms. F. Andrian were the other two subject matter experts conducting the course.
Dr. Chirayath lectured on the following topics: threat assessment and Design Basis Threat; physical protection systems and principles; nuclear material accounting and control for nuclear security as a tool for mitigating insider threat; threat assessment and detection architecture; radiological crime scene management and nuclear forensics; and nuclear security culture.
Dr. Chirayath also contributed in the discussion and exercise on designing nuclear security education programs. This included needs assessment, modalities for assessment, sustainability plans, methodologies, teaching tools, equipment, available resources, and international cooperation.