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.