For most students, summer school was something you endured while wishing you were at the local swimming pool or air-conditioned movie theater. But not for a group of graduate students who recently signed up for a first-of-its-kind radiation detection course.
Twelve graduate students in science and engineering from across the country participated in the first Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School, co-sponsored by NNSA and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Watch TV clip.)
At PNNL and other facilities in Richland, Washington, students received hands-on training in detecting nuclear materials across a range of nuclear security missions. The students also learned first-hand about challenges that technical and policy experts face in the field. The students now can apply what they learned in their own research, better preparing them for nuclear security careers.
Representatives from more than 75 companies converged on Amarillo, Texas, from across the country this week to attend the first Pantex Supplier Conference.
The conference, arranged by the Pantex Supply Chain Management Division, gave suppliers a chance to interact with Pantex senior management, federal officials and supply chain personnel to increase efficiencies and deliver a better product.
The keynote speech was delivered by Daniel Saiz, NNSA manager of M&O contractors, who discussed procurement opportunities within the nuclear weapons enterprise.
Remarks by Pantex leadership focused on ways that representatives could become preferred suppliers while delivering on the safety, security and quality standards that are a hallmark of business at Pantex.
Plans call for making the conference a yearly occurrence.
About the photo:
B&W Pantex Acting Deputy General Manager Rod Johnson speaks to attendees at the first annual Pantex Supplier Conference earlier this week. Representatives from more than 75 companies attended the conference, which allowed suppliers to interact with Pantex and NNSA leaders.