PNNL Introductory Course on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards
Richland, WA, USA
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards, is hosting a one-week, introductory course on nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards. The course is tuition free and will be held at the Richland, WA campus of PNNL, June 17-21, 2019.
The course is open to selected undergraduate and graduate students, early-career professionals, and others interested in building a foundation of knowledge in nonproliferation and safeguards. There are no prerequisites, and the course will include content that is relevant for those with either a technical and/or a policy background.
The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, international safeguards agreements and verification mechanisms including: nondestructive assay techniques and equipment, destructive assay techniques, environmental sampling, and containment and surveillance. Participants will take part in group discussions and collaborative exercises, and apply key concepts related to proliferation pathway analysis, design information verification, and state-level safeguards.
In addition, a number of tours will be offered, in which participants can see concepts being applied firsthand. Tours and exercises will take place at regional nuclear fuel cycle facilities and the Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) Federal Training Center. The course will also include a career panel and one-on-one access to personnel to help guide participants interested in a career in international safeguards.
Course tuition is free. However, PNNL does not provide stipends or funding to cover travel-related expenses. While the course is open to participants from all nationalities, PNNL is not able to provide any assistance with visas.