Several NSSPI students and graduates were honored at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which was held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 24-28. The Texas A&M INMM Student Chapter was presented with an award for its 10th anniversary. Students from Texas A&M, under the guidance of former NSSPI director Dr. William Charlton, formed the very first INMM student chapter in 2006. The success of the Texas A&M student chapter has led to the cultivation of other INMM student chapters both within the U.S. and around the world. These student chapters have fostered the development of strong networks of young professionals in the area of nuclear security, nonproliferation, and safeguards. Incoming Texas A&M INMM Student Chapter president Steven Horowitz and outgoing president Dr. Manit Shah accepted the award on behalf of the group.
Dr. Adrienne LaFleur, a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a NSSPI graduate who earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M in 2011, was also honored with an Early Career Award at the meeting. The Early Career Award is given by the INMM to recognize significant achievement in the field of nuclear materials management in the early years of an individual’s career.
NSSPI students and recent graduates presented a number of papers at the meeting. Dr. Manit Shah, a recent NSSPI graduate, won a student paper award in the education and training division for his presentation on a radiological surveillance exercise that was developed at Texas A&M. Two NSSPI professional staff members and six NSSPI students participated in the meeting.