From February 25-26, thirteen students and faculty members from the Advanced Nuclear 3S Education and Training program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) visited the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) to participate in a radiation disaster response exercise and an academic exchange with NSSPI students.
The Tokyo Tech students tried out various radiation detectors in the NSSPI Radiation Detection and Measurements Laboratory and conducted a building search for radiological sources. They then participated in a radiation disaster response field exercise at the TEEX Disaster City facility facilitated by students from NSSPI’s Radiological Emergency Response Research Group under the guidance of NSSPI Deputy Director Dr. Craig Marianno. The practical exercise involved using different types of radiation detection systems to locate and retrieve radiological sources in a scenario where a nuclear accident occurs in an industrial complex. Tokyo Tech students presented the results from the exercises to a group including several NSSPI students.
As part of the academic exchange, the students from Tokyo Tech also took part in a roundtable group discussion with NSSPI students during which all of the students discussed their research into nuclear security issues.
This is the fifth academic exchange between NSSPI and Tokyo Tech nuclear security students to take place at Texas A&M and part of a larger program of interactions between the two peer organizations. NSSPI regularly hosts interns from Tokyo Tech, and Texas A&M students are frequently invited to participate in conferences, workshops, and other exchange activities at Tokyo Tech.