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East Asia & the Pacific



Nuclear Safeguards Workshop at Tsinghua University


In conjunction with ORNL and PNNL subject matter experts, NSSPI has worked with faculty at Tsinghua University to develop and conduct a nuclear safeguards workshop at Tsinghua University to train and educate nuclear science and international studies students. The workshop included extensive educational activities and lectures relevant to current needs and issues within the realm of nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards applications.

Guest Lecturing at Harbin Engineering University


TAMU Nuclear Engineering faculty member and NPI Director Dr. K.L. Peddicord presented lectures in nuclear fuels and materials at the Harbin Engineering University in 2010

Research Collaborations with the Department of Technical Physics at Peking University


TAMU-NE faculty member Lin Shao's group has close research collaborations with Department of Technical Physics at Peking University (Beijing) to study radiation damage in ceramics for development of radiation tolerant materials used as structural components in both fission and fusion reactors. One student from Peking University, joined the group for one year as an exchange scholar funded by the China Research Council. The student obtained his Ph.D at Peking University based his research work at TAMU.  


Participation in Coordinating Group Meeting between DOE and BAPETEN, Indonesia


In December 2011, NSSPI staff member Dr. Alexander Solodov travelled to Indonesia as part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) team to participate in a series of meetings with the Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN). The first event was the 7thPermanent Coordinating Group meeting in Bali, Indonesia, during which the US DOE delegation and BAPETEN representatives discussed the progress of ongoing joint activities in the area of nuclear material accounting, safeguards, and security. Plans for the upcoming year and new joint projects were also outlined and approved by both sides.

During the second week of his stay, Dr. Solodov participated in a technical meeting on "Technical Assistance on the Implementation of NDA Technologies and Advanced Measurement Techniques during Regulatory Inspections and Assessment Activities." The objective of the meeting was to outline a set of advanced NDA techniques to support a stronger State System of Accounting and Control of nuclear materials in Indonesia and to outline the steps needed to implement those techniques in everyday accounting procedures and inspections at facilities. Other US participants at the meeting included representatives from Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.


Collaboration on Safeguards Instrumentation Development with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)


NSSPI has worked with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory on the development of safegaurds instrumentation including the use of noble gas mass spectroscopy for operator declaration verifications at the Tokai Reprocessing Plant.

Research Collaboration with the University of Tokyo


NUEN faculty members Karen Vierow, Yassin Hassan, and Stephen Guetersloh all have active research collaborations with counterparts in Japan.


Letter of Intent for Cooperation with the National University of Malaysia (Faculty of Sciences and Technology)


Faculty from National University of Malaysia -UKM (Faculty of Sciences and Technology) visited TAMU twice to discuss cooperation. A Letter of Intent for Cooperation covering academic research, exchange of personnel, education and training, capacity building development, was signed with NSSPI on November 2009. Three Malaysian sponsored students are applying for nuclear engineering graduate studies starting next spring.

The Government of Malaysia submitted a request to the IAEA for assistance under its Technical cooperation program (Development of Nuclear Engineering Academic Program to Support the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Power in South East Asia (ASEAN) Region). This proposal was prepared in collaboration with NPI and NSSPI as a follow up of previous contacts.

Interactions with Malaysian Universitites and Tenaga National Foundation


According to the World Nuclear Association, "Asia is the main region in the world where electricity generating capacity and specifically nuclear power is growing significantly." Among those nations interested in adding nuclear power to their energy mix, Malaysia is currently working toward 2021 as a target date for the country to start generating its own nuclear power.  As such, the country needs to develop the required human resources in the academic, industrial, and legal sectors very quickly.  With such an ambitious goal, Malaysian universities are actively pursuing cooperation with top existing programs in nuclear engineering, hand-in-hand with seeking expertise in nuclear safety, security, and safeguards to help it quickly develop a native workforce capable of running the power plants and comprising their regulatory infrastructure. 

The week of March 19-24, 2012, NSSPI helped to host a Malaysian delegation consisting of representatives from two of the country's universities, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and the National University of Malaysia (UKM), along with the Tenaga National Foundation, an organization that sponsors education both within the country and abroad.  The objective of their visit was to learn more about educational and research activities currently sponsored by NSSPI and the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at TAMU. 

The meeting produced a number of ideas for collaboration between NSSPI and the Malaysian universities, including the possibility of organizing a Foreign Field Experience in which US and Malaysian students would tour facilities in South Korea, internships at NSSPI for Malaysian students and nuclear professionals, and developing workshops on safety, security, and safeguards in Malaysia featuring presentations by NSSPI faculty.

Participation in International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development in Malaysia


From December 5-9, 2011, NSSPI Director Dr. William Charlton traveled to Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia to participate in the "International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development at the National University of Malaysia (UKM)."  The objective of the workshop was for experts from the US and the Republic of Korea to provide an initial consultation to the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and UKM on safeguards curriculum development as part of the planned Safety, Safeguards and Security (3S) program at UKM.  UKM hopes to become a hub of 3S training in the region, both for Malaysian and international students, and is looking to established programs in the US and Korea for models and program development support.

Other participants in the workshop included representatives from the US Department of Energy's INSEP program, the University of Tennessee, and two Korean universities (Seoul National University and Yonsei University).  The participants all gave presentations on their respective programs and discussed their practical experiences and "lessons learned" through the process of developing a university safeguards education program.  Plans for student and professional exchanges, as well as research collaborations, between UKM and the US and Korean universities were also discussed. 

Participation in NNSA Sponsored NDA Workshop at AELB in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


During the period of March 30 - April 7, Dr. Alexander Solodov travelled to Malaysia as part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) team to participate in a Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Workshop.  The training workshop was intended for representatives of Malaysian nuclear agencies and universities and was focused on the use of the handheld radiation detector identiFINDER for various applications including: search, location, and identification of radiological and nuclear materials; gamma spectroscopy; and nuclear safeguards features such as uranium enrichment measurements. The workshop was attended by 16 participants from the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), the Agency Nuclear Malaysia (ANM), and the National University of Malaysia (UKM). All participants were actively engaged in the training and were eager to learn how to use identiFINDER in their work. The training was concluded by presentations on various applications of the instruments by the participants of the workshop. All Malaysian representatives expressed interest in future similar workshops covering a variety of NDA related topics.

South Korea:

International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program in South Korea


NSSPI has recently begun working with the Korean Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC) through the NNSA's International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagment Program (INSEP) on the development of safeguards education in South Korea.

Viet Nam:

Hanoi University of Science Students Participate in Nuclear Facilities Experience


Students from the Vietnamese National University's Hanoi University of Science joined students from Texas A&M and  the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia for the 2013 Nuclear Facilities Experience (NFE) in Japan. The event was co-coordinated with the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of the Japan Atomic Energy Authority. 

Dr. William Charlton, director of NSSPI and an associate professor in Texas A&M's Department of Nuclear Engineering, and NSSPI associate research engineer Claudio Gariazzo led the group on tours of facilities and historically significant sites throughout Japan.