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Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering collaborates in developing nuclear security curriculum for graduate education

Department of Energy names MIT as one of three universities awarded grants for the program.

MIT has been awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to develop a program for university-level nuclear security education. The contract is part of the DoE National Nuclear Security Administration's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), which brings together MIT, Penn State and Texas A&M University to create a nuclear security curriculum. The combined total of contracts for Penn State, MIT and Texas A&M is approximately $6.5 million.

The three universities will together develop five courses for the program. The materials developed at each institution will be shared with the others, enabling all three institutions to implement a comprehensive nuclear security curriculum whose materials will eventually be available to other universities as well.

The five courses are:
  • Nuclear Security – Threat Analysis and Assessment
  • Nuclear Security – Detector and Source Technologies
  • Nuclear Security Lab – Applications of Detectors/Sensors/Sources for Radiation Detection and Measurements
  • Global Nuclear Security Policies
  • Design and Analysis of Security Systems for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities
The institutions will begin offering these courses in fall 2012.

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