The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers a graduate certificate in nuclear security science and analysis. The program is designed primarily for students seeking specialization in nuclear security science with emphasis on current or aspiring members of the nuclear security community, including those areas with an emphasis on arms control, treaty verification, nonproliferation, international nuclear security issues in both civilian and military contexts, nuclear threat detection, and principles of nuclear intelligence assessment. Additionally, this program prepares graduate students to engage in the research and development of new tools and processes related to nuclear security science and analysis.
NE 531 Global Nuclear Security Culture
Principles and best practices in nuclear security, nuclear safety, and nuclear materials safeguards (“3S”) culture with an emphasis on developing and expanding nuclear power-producing states. Introduction to relevant international conventions and agreements such as the Nonproliferation Treaty, the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the key milestones for nations seeking to develop a peaceful nuclear power program.
NE 533 Physical Security for High-Consequence Facilities
Design criteria and performance basis that make up a physical security program for high-consequence and critical environments. Introduction to security design and engineering technology forming the basis behind detection, delay, and response elements of security systems. Elements of risk, system evaluation, site and security surveys, and the legal basis for protection. Evaluative methodologies common to academia and industry will be applied.
NE 534 Physical Security Vulnerability Assessment
Evaluation of threat basis, facility characterization, and asset determination. Students will engage in field surveys, perform interviews, and gather open-source information which provides the background information necessary to evaluate system effectiveness from a quantitative perspective. Evaluative and analytical approaches necessary to perform physical security vulnerability assessments and development of models designed to predict the effectiveness of systems.
NE 535 Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
Introduction to nuclear and radiochemistry. Principles of radioactive decay, radiochemical separations, and radiochemical measurements. Nuclear cross-sections and isotope production methods. Applications of nuclear and radiochemical techniques in medicine, environment, and industrial applications.
NE 536 Export Control and Nonproliferation
Principles and regulatory frameworks for controlling sensitive nuclear technology. US and European export control regulations and governance, international export control, and nonproliferation considerations for nuclear technology trade in the global context. Best practices resources such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Supplier Group, and other organizations. Case studies in export control violations relevant to nuclear proliferation.
NE 537 Human Reliability in Nuclear Systems
Methodology for assessing and managing human reliability factors in nuclear systems. Issues in human reliability and human sources of error in nuclear systems performance. Indicators and issues in identifying and minimizing the impact of human actions (accidental or deliberate) adverse to successful operation in nuclear systems and nuclear materials security.
NE 635 Nuclear Forensics
Introduction to nuclear forensics. Principles of isotopic signatures and their origins, ultra-trace radiochemical separations, and isotope measurements via nuclear counting and mass spectrometry. Forensic assessment methods for nuclear materials and post-detonation debris analysis. Applications of nuclear forensics in interdicted materials and crisis response scenarios.