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The following is a list of NSSPI, NPI, and/or TAMU-NE international activities for this region.




IAEA Practical Arrangement with NPI


The NPI entered into a Practical Arrangement with the IAEA whereby the NPI and the IAEA agreed to combine their efforts and to cooperate in supporting regional nuclear power development programs in the IAEA's Member States by carrying out outreach activities on, and conducting training in nuclear-related subjects.

IAEA Observer Status for NSSPI


NSSPI works closely with the IAEA Department of Safeguards and the IAEA Office of Nuclear Security in the areas of human resource development and technology development. In addition, NSSPI has official status with the IAEA as an Observer for the IAEA General Conference.

As part of their further collaboration with the IAEA, NSSPI has developed safeguards educational training materials for the Agency.  These materials are currently used to educate and train safeguards experts throughout the world. NSSPI has also participated in developing materials for the International Nuclear Security Network (INSEN), and NSSPI Director, Dr. William Charlton reviewed and edited the IAEA technical publication, Introduction to Nuclear Security.

World Institute Nuclear Security (WINS)


NSSPI has participated in World Institute Nuclear Security (WINS) activities in the past involving review of best practices guidelines for integration of nuclear safety and security education. NSSPI and WINS share common interests in International Nuclear Security Education and future collaborations will include incorporation of WINS international best practices into formal academic materials through programs like GNEII.

International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN)


Starting in 2009, NSSPI has been part of the IAEA's International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).  In 2011, NSSPI chaired Working Group 1 of the network.  NSSPI also prepared a chapter in a new INSEN textbook titled, "Transport Security."

A TAMU-NSSPI faculty member is currently charged by the Agency with developping teaching materials for Nuclear Security Series #11: Interdiction of and Response to Criminal or Unauthorized Acts Involving Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material for INSEN.


Teacher exchange with Bulgaria


NPI has a high school teacher exchange program with Bulgaria. A Texas high school science or math teacher spends one week in Bulgaria interacting with Bulgarian classrooms, local officials, and industry leaders. A Bulgarian teacher spends one week in Texas mirroring the visit of the Texas teacher's visit to Bulgaria. The underlying premise of the program is for teachers to exchange ideas and information on STEM curriculum, approaches to keep students interested in STEM programs, and to encourage students to pursue careers in the nuclear industry.

Czech Republic:

Scientist Exchange with the Czech republic


NPI has a faculty exchange program with the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech, Republic.  The faculty exchange is an opportunity for Texas A&M University faculty and Czech Technical University faculty to work jointly on research projects and for the faculty at each institution to collaborate on curriculum development.


Research and Education Collaborations with University of Tartu in Estonia


The energy sector of the 2009 Estonian National Development Plan foresees nuclear generated electricity by 2022 and for that they are taking the preparatory steps.  Among them is the development of qualified human resources and capacity building in which University of Tartu is taking the leading role.  Their Institute of Physics approached TAMU for collaboration and a proposal was drafted. During the IAEA General Conference NPI representatives met with the IAEA Director for Technical Cooperation for Europe and with the Estonia delegation to discuss the envisaged cooperation.

To start this cooperation Estonia submitted to the IAEA a request for a "Reserve Fund Project" under which they requested funding for 1) a National Training Course, 2) An assist mission to the University of TARTU, and 3) The exchange of experts and indicated TAMU/NPI/NSSPI as the international counterpart. If approved, implementation starts in April 2011.This would complement a national, multiyear research project the university will implement with government funding.


Research Interactions with the CEA


TAMU-NE faculty member Dr. Jean Ragusa maintains research collaborations with counterparts in the Service d'Etudes de Réacteurs et de Mathématiques Appliquées (SERMA) at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) in Saclay.

Internships and Double-Degree Program for Students from EPF-Sceaux


Texas A&M's Nuclear Engineering Department offers students from EPF in Sceaux, France foreign exchange opportunities, either in the form of short term internships or as degree-seeking M.S. students as part of the EPF-TAMU double-degree program.  All students at EPF are required to perform an international exchange as part of their degree program.

Student Exchange Program with the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Grenoble


TAMU Nuclear Engineering has sponsored students from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Grenoble in France to spend a year at TAMU as part of their study abroad program.  This exchange was particularly active in the 1990s, with many students from ENSPG studying at TAMU.  Many students from ENSPG have also opted to earn their M.S. degrees from TAMU during their international experience term.

TAMU-NE faculty maintain contact with counterparts in Grenoble and actions have been undertaken to revive the program.

Internships for Students from INSTN


The Nuclear Engineering Department at TAMU hosts as interns Master's level students from the Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires (INSTN), France's premier graduate school for the study of Nuclear Engineering, which is also closely affiliated with the CEA in Saclay and Cadarache.  Students from INSTN come for 5-9 months and work one-on-one with a TAMU-NE faculty member on a research project in order to meet their M.S. research requirements. 

INSTN interns have worked on NSSPI research projects in the past.

Foreign Field Experience Partnership with the CEA


NSSPI has worked with the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) to arrange tours of French nuclear facilities as part of the Foreign Field Experience (FFE) element of the Russian Academic Program on Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS).  In 2006, students involved in this program were able to tour/visit the following location/facilities:

  • CEA-Saclay (ORPHEE RR)
  • ATALANTE R&D Facility
  • Visiatome
  • Tore Supra Fusion Tokamak
  • Bernard Francois UO2 Lab

Future visits to French facilities by RAP-NIS participants are being discussed.



Research Collaborations with Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf


TAMU Nuclear Engineering faculty member Dr. Karen Vierow is working on research relating to countercurrent flooding limitation with researchers at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.


Collaborations with Landau Network-Centro Volta (LNCV)


Landau Network-Centro Volta (LNCV) is under subcontract  to NSSPI to conduct nuclear-related technical and policy analyses and to assist with organizing and facilitating workshops and meetings with NGOs and other stakeholders in countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.

European Commission Joint Research Center in Ispra


Braden Goddard and Chris Ryan traveled to the Joint Research Center of Ispra, Italy to conduct experiments on active and passive interrogation of special nuclear materials

Institutional Membership in ESARDA (European Safeguards Research and Development Association)


NSSPI is an institutional member of the ESARDA/INMM joint working group on human capital development in nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards: NUSASET (nuclear safeguards and security education and training)


Participation in the Research Commission of the PSI Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety


K.L. Peddicord, Professor at Texas A&M University and Director of the Nuclear Power Institute, serves as a member of the Research Commission for the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety. The Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety Research is involved in three main areas of research: safety of currently operating light-water reactors, safety characteristics of future reactor concepts and related fuel cycles, and long-term safety of deep geological repositories for nuclear waste.

RAP-NIS Meetings at the Spiez Laboratory


The Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss national nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological response and protection laboratory hosts the Russian Academic Program on Nonproliferation and International Security (RAP-NIS) meeting each year.  The lab also provides tours for participants in RAP-NIS.

TAMU-NE Student Awarded Fullbright Scholarship from Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)


The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) awarded a Texas A&M University student a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research on one of the new reactor technologies that is part of the Generation IV International Forum. The PSI is Switzerland's largest research center for the natural and engineering sciences with research divided into three fields:  structure of matter, energy and environment, and human health.

Scientific Advisory Committee Chair at Paul Scherrer Laboratory


K.L. Peddicord, Professor at Texas A&M University and Director of the Nuclear Power Institute, serves as the chair of the scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Paul Scherrer Laboratory for Research Physics and Systems Behaviour (LRS). The SAC members include internationally renowned researchers, members from the Swiss regulatory body and nuclear industry. The SAC reviews the status and progress of the various research projects in addition to providing advice on research perspectives and new planned activities.

United Kingdom:

World Nuclear University Summer Institute


NSSPI has sponsored a student to attend each World Nuclear University Summer Institute since 2007

Dalton Institiute


Both the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) and the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at Texas A&M University have been actively engaged with the Dalton Institute at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

The Dalton Institute worked with NSSPI to organize a Foreign Field Experience (FFE) to the UK in July, 2010. The group, comprised of U.S. and Russian faculty and students, visited Manchester and the Dalton Institute. The FFE also included visits to the Sellafield site, URENCO, and Kings College.

Dalton and NPI have also collaborated under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to contribute to the development of curricula benchmarks for new degree programs in nuclear engineering. Dalton and NPI have also joined together to support IAEA missions to the National Research Nuclear University in Moscow, Russia, the Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China, and the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The missions have included reviews and presentations on courses and teaching methods in nuclear engineering and on distance delivery of nuclear courses.