Manit Shah, a graduate student in nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University, attended an International Safeguards “Pre-Inspector” Course hosted by Idaho National Laboratory from May 12-22 in Idaho Falls. The course was intended to provide international safeguards knowledge and training to complement existing nuclear engineering and physics education and experience. During the course, participants had a unique opportunity to use a wide range of currently fielded the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) equipment and to do hands-on exercises as intended and applied by IAEA. In addition, they were exposed to viewpoints and experiences of IAEA inspectors, including equipment applications and limitations.
Shah is a Ph.D. student who is currently working on research with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) under NSSPI faculty member Dr. Craig Marianno. His work involves investigating a new technique in employing integrated circuits as a new type of radiation detection media.