Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) Deputy Director Dr. Craig Marianno recently attended the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) annual meeting in Vienna, Austria. NSSPI is one of the founding members of INSEN, a partnership through which the IAEA, educational and research institutions, as well as other stakeholders cooperate to promote sustainable nuclear security education.
The annual INSEN meeting brings nuclear security educators from all over the world together to help promote, create, and improve nuclear security curricula at the university level. At this meeting, Dr. Marianno gave a short professional development course on the development of remote radiation detection laboratories for distance education. NSSPI initially developed a remote detection laboratory in 2018 to make radiation detection courses feasible for distance education students. Graduate students working with Dr. Marianno have continued developing additional capabilities for the laboratory using industry-standard detectors and software to train students and professionals remotely in nuclear security. The IAEA called on Dr. Marianno to share this experience with other universities interested in developing similar capabilities through the professional development course.