In November, Dr. Craig Marianno and Dr. Jeremy Osborn from the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, to conduct a nuclear security workshop at Eskom, the South African electricity utility that operates the Koeberg nuclear power station.
Radiation detection portal monitors are the primary means by which the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection can scan cargo and vehicles to detect radiation at the border. NSSPI master's student Ryan Coogan is currently studying the strategic analysis of radiation detection portal monitors and mobile detection systems in border monitoring.
Two Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows joined the Department of Nuclear Engineering and will work with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives. The program supports young scholars to pursue policy-relevant technical research in nuclear security.
In July, the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) led a workshop on the policy and technical fundamentals of international nuclear safeguards in conjunction with the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management's 59th annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jeremy Osborn, a nuclear engineering Ph.D. student working with the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives, is part of a team of researchers who are working to develop new methods to determine the reactor origins of weapons-grade plutonium.
In March, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives, joined with the TEES Institute of Nuclear-Security and Cyber-Security Education and Research, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the Texas A&M University student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management to present a panel discussion on 21st Century Deterrence and the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review.
Yanuar (Ady) Setiawan, a master’s student with the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI), and Dr. Sunil Chirayath, director of NSSPI, have developed a software code that can measure the effectiveness of the physical protection system using a multi-path analysis that includes all of the possible intrusion path options in a nuclear facility.
Radiation detectors are deployed for many different uses in a variety of different field conditions, and many of these detection systems are mobile. Lt. James Falkner and Dr. Craig Marianno are working together to analyze the performance of mobile radiation detection systems with respect to how fast the systems are moving.