W.S. Charlton, D.G. Ford, W.D. Reece, W.H. Hsu, K. Ragusa, “Nuclear Safeguards Education Portal at Texas A&M University”, Transactions of the 2009 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 15-19, 2009.
The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) has established a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering that focuses primarily on Nuclear Safeguards, Security, and Nonproliferation. This program has been effective at educating the next generation of safeguards experts in nuclear engineering. However, the safeguards community must increase its capability to educate a broader audience of nuclear engineers, such as those in the commercial nuclear power sector, in addition to recruiting and educating outside of nuclear engineering departments. As a result, NSSPI has already developed and taught a 1-hour lecture to all incoming freshman in the TAMU Nuclear Engineering program. In addition to this, lectures are being prepared that will be given in the senior level design course at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These lectures are a first step toward developing a lecture series that may be given in all the disciplines applicable to safeguards such as mathematics, political science, physics, other engineering disciplines, etc. Additional information may be required for this outreach such as reading materials or videos to provide background information, and post lecture exercises as a homework assignment or mechanism for engaging the professors of the other disciplines.