The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) is a unique statewide
partnership led by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
and headquartered at Texas A&M University.
NPI brings together four-year universities, two-year educational
institutions, and public schools with the nuclear power industry,
state and local organizations, and state, federal, and
international agencies. Together, they can meet the challenge of
providing the highly skilled, well-trained, and educated workforce
needed to operate new and existing reactors in Texas.
The Nuclear Power Institute was
established on December 6, 2007 by the Board of Regents in response
to the need identified by the nuclear industry to develop the new
nuclear workforce. The availability of the workforce is on the
critical path to initial operation of the plants.
The Nuclear Power Institute has
responded by forming a partnership with several universities and
two-year educational institutions, industry, governmental agencies,
high schools and middle schools, teachers, and elected and civic
leaders. New academic programs at the two-year and four-year level
have been developed and implemented.
Outreach to students and teachers
is a priority. Very innovative approaches have been created to link
with teachers and students to inform and encourage high school
students to enter into academic programs leading to STEM careers
including those in the nuclear industry. Some of these have been
recognized nationwide for their creativity and effectiveness. Plus
the growth in nuclear power nationally and internationally are all
facing the nuclear workforce issue.