NNSA announces first graduates from nuclear security program

The National Nuclear Security Administration, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and Texas A&M University announced on May 28 the graduation of the first group of students in their nuclear security program.

The NNSA first collaborated with the three universities in order to make curricula, course materials and laboratory activities designed around nuclear security. The graduate-level program began in 2011 and focuses on educating and developing people so they can have careers in the nuclear and radiological security fields.

The graduate program gives a full education in nuclear security, which is mainly targeted at nuclear engineering graduates. It is also possible for students to earn a stand-alone graduate certificate in nuclear security.

"Developing the next generation of nuclear security experts is fundamental to the long-term security of our nation," NNSA deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington said. "Investing in the scientific and technical underpinnings of nuclear security helps to accomplish President Obama's vision of a safer world. These well-respected universities, and especially today's graduates, are to be commended for their efforts to enhance global peace and security."

Five sets of courses were made for the program: threat analysis and assessment, detector and source technologies, applications of detectors for radiation detection and measurements, global nuclear security policies, and design and analysis of security systems for nuclear and radiological facilities.