NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT


NSE collaborates in developing nuclear security curriculum for graduate education

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.