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Paul  Nelson

Paul Nelson

Associate Director
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Nuclear Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics

Phone:  979.845.4132
Office:  AIEN M313B
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Dr. Nelson serves NSSPI as the Associate Director for International Programs and directs NSSPI international research and education programs. He has unparalleled contacts in Russia and India and has worked on developing collaborations with India in support of the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement of 2005. Dr. Nelson holds joint appointments as a professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Nuclear Engineering, and Mathematics. He has served on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1987. From 1972-1987, he was a Professor of Mathematics at Texas Tech University. Prior to this he served as a research fellow at the University of New Mexico and a visiting lecturer at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was Director of the Institute for Numerical Transport Theory at Texas Tech University from 1977-1987, Coordinator of Mathematical Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1962-1972, and Supervisor of the Applications Programming Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1966-1967. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a TEES Fellow. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Exchange Program for Poland in 1983 and the National Science Foundation U.S.-India Exchange of Scientists Program in 1981. Dr. Nelson's research interests are in the areas of nuclear materials management, transport theory and computational methods. Dr. Nelson earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1969.


NSSPI Publications

  1. M. Subbaiah, P. Nelson, "The Role of Quantitative Empirical Analysis in Identifying and Reducing Proliferation Risk," INMM 56th Annual Meeting, Indian Wells, California, 12-16 July 2015.
  2. C.A. Gariazzo, K.H. Ragusa, D.R. Boyle, W.S. Charlton, S.S. Chirayath, C.M. Marianno, and P. Nelson, Jr. , "The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute at Texas A&M University," International Journal of Nuclear Security 1:1 (2015). See Document
  3. P. Nelson, "The Dynamic Intervention Game: Intergenerational Transfer of Risk of Nuclear Proliferation," NSSPI Report, NSSPI-15-040 (2015). See Document
  4. J. Cavaluzzi, P. Nelson, V. Moiseytseva, "Computational Evaluation of Station Blackout," Proceedings of the ANS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 7-11 June 2015.
  5. S.B. Gerlt, P. Nelson, S Rajgopal, and L.V. Krishnan, "Towards Safeguarding the Fast Breeder Reactor Fuel Cycle," 55th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Atlanta, Georgia, 20-14 July 2014.
  6. J. Miller, B. Goddard, P. Nelson, S. Paranjape, and A. Littlefield, "Texas A&M University and India Academic Exchange Collaboration of Best Practices in Nuclear Security Education," INMM 54th Annual Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Palm Desert, California, USA.
  7. A. Batra and P. Nelson, "Safety, Safeguards, and Security in Indian Civil Nuclear Facilities," NSSPI Report, NSSPI-12-010 (2012). See Document
  8. K.T. Nelson, P. Nelson, "Probability of Attempted Armed Theft of Nuclear Weapons: Application of the Method of Gott," Proceedings of the INMM 52nd Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA, July 17-21, 2011.
  9. A. Batra, P. Nelson, "Safety, Safeguards and Security in Indian Nuclear Power Plants (3S-INPP)," Proceedings of the INMM 52nd Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA, July 17-21, 2011.
  10. S. Rodgers, C. Betancourt, E. Kee, P. Nelson, and P. Rodi, "Toward Quantification of the Uncertainty in Estimating Frequency of Critical Station Blackout," International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering (M&C 2011), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8-12, 2011. See Document
  11. P. Nelson, Nuclear Disarmament: Can Risk Analysis Inform the Debate?. Causes and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation. Routledge: 2011. See Document
  12. P. Nelson, "Reassessing the Nuclear Renaissance," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 66(4), 11-22 (2010). See Document
  13. P. Nelson, "Book Review: Abolishing Nuclear Weapons by George Perkovich and James M. Acton," Atoms for Peace, 3(2) 143-172 (2010).
  14. P. Nelson, "Indo-US Civil Nuclear Energy: Building Mutual Confidence Through Research-Exchange Internships," presented to Third Meeting of the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group, Mumbai, India, February 3, 2010.
  15. P. Nelson, "Perspectives on the Proposed US-India Cooperation in Civil Nuclear Energy," MSC Student Conference on National Affairs, Texas A&M University, February 27, 2010.
  16. P. Nelson , "An Empirical Assessment of Elements of the Future of Civil Nuclear Energy," NSSPI Report NSSPI-10-001 See Document
  17. P. Nelson and C. Sprecher, "Are Sensitive Technologies Enablers of Civil Nuclear Power? An Empirical Study," Atoms for Peace, 3(2), 93-112 (2010). See Document
  18. S.S. Chirayath, G. Hollenbeck, J. Ragusa, and P. Nelson, "Neutronic and nonproliferation characteristics of (PuO2-UO2) and (PuO2-ThO2) as fast reactor fuels," Nuclear Engineering and Design 239, 1916-1924 (2009).* See Document
  19. T.V.K. Woddi, W.S. Charlton, P. Nelson, India's Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Unraveling the Impact of the U.S.-India Nuclear Accord. Synthesis Lectures on Nuclear Technology and Society, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2009. See Document
  20. S.S. Chirayath, J. Ragusa, and P. Nelson, "Thorium blended and regular MOX burn-up studies for fast reactor fuel cycle safeguards," Proceedings of 50th annual meeting of INMM, July 12-16, 2009, Tucson, AZ, USA. See Document
  21. P. Nelson and C.M. Sprecher, "Where will new nuclear power plants be constructed? Validation of a predictive model," Proceedings of 31st Annual Meeting of ESARDA, May 26-28, 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania. See Document
  22. P. Nelson and C.M. Sprecher, "What Determines the Extent of National Reliance on Civil Nuclear Power?," NSSPI Report NSSPI-08-014. 24 October 2008. See Document
  23. P. Nelson and D.R. Boyle, "Flawed India Pact Opposition," Washington Times September 29, 2008. See Document
  24. P. Nelson and C.M. Sprecher, "What Determines the Extent of National Reliance on Civil Nuclear Power?," Proceedings of the INMM 49th Annual Meeting, July 2008, Nashville, TN.
  25. P. Nelson, "One Last Comment," Nuclear News (June 2008), p. 11 (letter).
  26. S. Chirayath, R. Metcalf, J. Ragusa, and P. Nelson, "Assessment of Proliferation Resistance Requirements for Fast-Reactor Fuel-Cycle Facilities," Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Facility Operations - Safeguards Interface, Portland, Oregon, March 30 - April 4, 2008. See Document
  27. P. Nelson, T.V.K. Woddi and W.S. Charlton, "A Framework for Analysis of the Weapons Implications of the U.S.-India Nuclear Accord," NSSPI report: NSSPI-07-010. See Document
  28. T.V.K. Woddi, W.S. Charlton, P. Nelson, and J. Ragusa, "A Technical Study of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and the Three Stage Power Program of India for US-India Nuclear Cooperation," Annual Meeting of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, July 8-12, 2007, Tucson, AZ. See Document
  29. D. Boyle, P. Nelson, and W. Miller, "U.S.-India Nuclear Alert," The Washington Times, 15 July 2007. See Document
  30. T. Woddi, W.S. Charlton, Paul Nelson, and Jean Ragusa, "Nuclear Fuel Cycle Assessment of India: A Technical Study for Nuclear Cooperation," Proceedings of the 29th ESARDA Annual Meeting, Aix-en-Provence, France, May 22-24, 2007. See Document
  31. P. Nelson, "Stability of the Prospective US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation," Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop and Round Table on Cooperative Stability in South Asia (The New Regional Scenario and the India-Pakistan Nuclear Dimension), January 2007. See Document
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