NSSPI research engineer Claudio Gariazzo was invited to the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janiero (UFRJ) in August to speak at the Fourth Week of Nuclear Engineering event. It was an opportunity for undergraduate nuclear engineering students at the UFRJ to attend presentations from many sectors in the area of nuclear engineering of interest to Brazil, including Westinghouse AP1000, naval propulsion, radiation safety, applied safeguards, international engagement with Russia and Rosatom, and nuclear engineering undergraduate and graduate curricula at Texas A&M University. Gariazzo presented information about the Texas A&M nuclear engineering program and spoke about relevant student research in nuclear nonproliferation and security.
Gariazzo strengthened interest in collaborations between Texas A&M and UFRJ’s nuclear engineering programs, meeting with faculty to discuss faculty exchanges and joint research. While in Brazil he also visited with members of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) to discuss NSSPI and Texas A&M’s potential collaboration with Brazilian university counterparts.