From Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives collaborated with Amity University in India, Oak Ridge National Laboratory U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to conduct a nuclear security workshop.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) has signed a new research agreement with Kathaleen Wall ’90, co-owner of Texas Thorium LLC, on the new Thorium Research Initiative (TRI). Wall, along with co-owner Holly Frost, donated $5 million to support research geared toward advancing thorium-based nuclear technology.
Two researchers from Texas A&M Engineering were recognized for their outstanding contributions to The Texas A&M University System and their respective fields of expertise by the Board of Regents. Dr. Gerard L. Coté was named a Regents Professor and Dr. Marvin Adams received the Regents Fellow Service Award.
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.