NSSPI students have unique opportunities for research, education and professional development. NSSPI students participate in foreign field experiences, present their research results in national and international forums, and have premier internship opportunities at national laboratories.
NSSPI faculty and students established at Texas A&M the first student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM). Students working on NSSPI-sponsored projects also are members of both the Student INMM chapter and the International INMM chapter. As members of the organization, our students have opportunities to present research projects, publish articles and immerse themselves in the professional nuclear nonproliferation culture supported by laboratories and governments around the world. See a directory of our NSSPI graduates.
Degrees Earned by NSSPI Students* by Year
*NSSPI students are students who were advised by NSSPI faculty members. NSSPI has supported students in many other research groups and departments, as is partly reflected in the list of theses and dissertations.
- NSSPI Student Evaluates the Effect of ‘Holdup’ in Nuclear Material Accounting for Uranium Enrichment - Uranium enrichment has gained a lot of attention in recent years because of the possibility for diverting material from peaceful uses and of enriching uranium beyond acceptable limits. One of the safeguards challenges for uranium enrichment lies in accounting for material and preventing diversions through the enrichment process. In uranium enrichment, UF6 gas is fed […]
- NSSPI Student Develops System to Monitor Health of Radiation Detection Systems - Radiation portal monitors are used around the world to detect the illegal transportation of radioactive material at border crossings and points of entry. These portal monitors utilize scintillating detectors composed of polyvinyl toluene (PVT) plastic to screen vehicles and cargo for gamma ray emissions that would indicate the presence of radioactive materials. Unfortunately, the PVT […]
- NSSPI Student Examines Proliferation Risk of Thorium and U-233 - Thorium is one of the earth’s most abundant heavy metals and is used in many nuclear applications, but it is often overlooked in studies of nuclear nonproliferation. Patrick O’Neal, a student with the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) working with Dr. Sunil Chirayath, is looking to address that oversight. “Thorium, despite […]