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NNSA Educates Next Generation of Nuclear Security Specialists
Jun 29, 2009

Students Complete Three-Week Nuclear Nonproliferation Course

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration is pleased to announce that 24 graduate and undergraduate students have completed its inaugural course in nuclear nonproliferation at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

The innovative three-week summer program focuses on nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards and security in an effort to support and encourage students to pursue careers in these fields, which are vitally important given the emergence of new proliferating states and the need to prevent nuclear material from falling into the hands of terrorists.

"From its labs to its international efforts, NNSA prides itself on recruiting the best and brightest minds to work on critical issues of nuclear and national security," said NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino. "This pilot program is a great example of the steps we're taking to recruit and train the next generation of experts. These students are to be commended for their interest in nuclear nonproliferation and the work we do."

NNSA manages the largest nuclear nonproliferation program in the world.

The three-week summer course hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory was designed to give students a sound understanding of the foundations of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and U.S. programs and policies.

The exercises and demonstrations introduced the students to the technologies of international nuclear safeguards and detection of nuclear and other radioactive materials. It also presented them with critical assessments of current nonproliferation regimes and arrangements, while bringing together a diverse group of students from different fields of study.

Here is the list of students who participated in the inaugural course. Hometown information is provided in parentheses.

Graduate Students

Rian Mustafa Bahran, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
Sarah Bender, Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA)
Deanna Bitetti, Columbia University (Brooklyn, NY)
Misung Chun, Columbia University (New York, NY)
Michaela Eddy, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Frederick Evert, George Washington University (Arlington, VA)
Shannon Ewan, Johns Hopkins University (Silver Spring, MD)
Sonal Joshi, University of Michigan (Portland, OR)
Thirumalaikumar Krishnan, New York University (New York, NY)
Blandine Laurenty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Adam Marlowe, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Patrick Migliorini, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Bryan Prior, Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC)
Victoria Sanchez, University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Garrett Shields, Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC)
Lori Sims, New York University (Brooklyn, NY)
Joel Von Wagenen, Seton Hall University (Wingdale, NY)
Charles Weaver, University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Zachary Whetstone, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Elizabeth Williams, Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Undergraduate Students

Rocky Taylor Cole, University of Georgia (Kennesaw, GA)
Leah Fulford, University of Georgia (Marietta, GA)
Katie Kinsley, Ohio University (Thornville, OH)
Lauren Pinson, University of Georgia (Watkinsville, GA)

Established in 1947 in Long Island, New York, Brookhaven is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Six Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made at the Lab. Brookhaven has a staff of approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff and over 4,000 guest researchers annually. Brookhaven National Laboratory's role for the DOE is to produce excellent science and advanced technology with the cooperation, support, and appropriate involvement of our scientific and local communities.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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