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NSSPI Conducts Nuclear Facilities Experience in UK

August 10, 2017

The TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) organized the Fourth Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) from June 26-30 in the United Kingdom. This NFE, sponsored by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Next Generation Safeguards Initiative Program Office, consisted of visits to several nuclear fuel cycle facilities. It is an opportunity for nuclear engineering graduate students at American universities who are specializing in areas ranging from material control and accounting and international safeguards to nuclear security and nonproliferation to gain f...
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NSSPI Graduate Spotlight: Jennifer Erchinger

August 7, 2017

Jennifer Erchinger will be receiving her Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in August.  She performed her doctoral research as a Post-Master's Research Associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with Dr. Craig Marianno as her adviser.  Her project involves the development and testing of an ultra-low-background liquid scintillation counter constructed at PNNL. While at NSSPI, she presented at various conferences, including annual meetings for the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management and national and South Texas Chapter m...
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Visiting Scholar from Tokyo Tech Completes Internship with NSSPI

August 2, 2017

Tetsu Kikuhara, a Ph.D. student at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), recently completed a research internship as a visiting scholar with the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI).  Kikuhara is a student in Tokyo Tech's DOJO Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent, a graduate program and NSSPI peer organization led by Dr. Masaki Saito. He came to NSSPI as part of the Global Nuclear Internship in Foreign Countries agreement between TEES and Tokyo Tech, which allows Ph.D. students from Tokyo Tech to complete a research internship wit...
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Burns receives NEUP award to develop used nuclear fuel recycle process

June 26, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Burns, an associate research scientist with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), was recently awarded a research and development award of close to $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of their Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Burns's project, which focuses on group actinide separation by crystallization, was one of two proposals selected in the area of separations and the only one dealing with recovering the actinides from used nuclear fuel.  According to Burns, the technique he proposes is a paradigm shift away from ...
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Chirayath recognized as honorary professor at Amity University in India

June 21, 2017

By: Robert (Chris) Scoggins, originally pubished by the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University Dr. Sunil Chirayath, director of the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and research assistant professor with the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded an honorary professorship with Amity University in Noida, India. "We have done five workshops in India like this in the last five years to help support nuclear science and engineering academic programs in India," Chirayath said. "Amity has been kind in ...
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NSSPI Students Attend NDA Training at LANL and Participate in INMM Southwest Chapter Technical Meeting

June 20, 2017

The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) organized a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for Texas A&M University nuclear engineering graduate students and two NSSPI professional staff members. The trip had two objectives: to attend a one-day 19th Annual Technical Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Southwest Chapter on May 16th and get hands-on training on uranium and plutonium measurements on May 17th. The students, Linda Anuar, Barbara Fisher, Paul Mendoza, Patrick O'Neal, Athena Saga...
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NSSPI Conducts Nuclear Security Curriculum Review Workshop with Amity University in India

June 14, 2017

From June 1 through 3, the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) conducted a nuclear security curriculum review workshop with Amity University on the Amity campus in near New Delhi in India.  Faculty from nine different Indian universities attended the workshop to increase their knowledge on nuclear security topics and share their lessons learned, best practices, and challenges in developing nuclear security curricula.  The subject matter experts for the workshop included both U.S. and Indian faculty: NSSPI Director Dr. Sunil Chirayath; NSSPI Deputy Dire...
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The Federation of American Scientists Awards Fellowship to NSSPI Student to Investigate Nuclear Security Training in the U.S.

May 26, 2017

Barbara Fisher, a graduate student with the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), was awarded a $1,000 fellowship by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to investigate the nuclear security education opportunities across the United States. She has written a paper titled "Powering the Future of Nuclear Security through Regional Programs," which surveys nuclear security education opportunities across the United States and focuses on the necessity of regional programs for training the future generation of subject matter experts in this area. In particular, the p...
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NSSPI Student Attends Science and Security Summit

May 15, 2017

On April 21st, Yanuar Ady Setiawan, a graduate student with the TEES Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute, took part in the Science and Security Summit 2017, which was hosted by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.  The FAS sponsored three graduate-level engineering students currently working in the area of nuclear security and nonproliferation at US universities to speak on the subject of the role of scientists and engineers in global security and safety and in the current political landscape....
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NSSPI Graduate Profile: Lauren Pompilio

May 5, 2017

Lauren Pompilio will be receiving her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering with a specialization in nuclear nonproliferation from Texas A&M University in May.  She worked with Dr. Sunil Chirayath on a project to convert and analyze 10 CFR Part 810 General Authorization Data on assistance to foreign atomic energy activities.  This work was conducted in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory Pompilio graduated with her B.S. in chemical engineering from Syracuse University in 2015. Prior to joining NSSPI, she worked as an intern in...
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