KYIV, Ukraine – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) during a ceremony at the Kyiv-Polytechnic Institute. Since its inception, the STCU has engaged almost 18,000 former weapons scientists and supported more than 1,400 cooperative research projects as part of its mission to prevent the proliferation of of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) expertise.
Today’s ceremony included Mark Whitney, NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation and International Security; H.E. John Tefft, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Academician Vladimir Semenozhenko, Head of the Ukrainian State Committee on Science, Innovation and Informatization; and Academician Boris Paton, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
“For 15 years, the STCU has played a critical role in helping prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons expertise and technology by engaging former weapons scientists in peaceful research projects,” said Assistant Deputy Administrator Whitney. “At the same time, the projects and activities supported by STCU have also advanced science, created jobs, brought new products to the market, facilitated innovation and competitiveness, and promoted unique international collaboration on topics ranging from new technologies for clean water to nuclear forensics.”
Supported by the U.S., Canada, Sweden and Ukraine, the STCU was the first intergovernmental organization established in Ukraine following independence in 1991. Its mission is to assist former WMD experts as they transition to self-supporting, peaceful activities by partnering research institutes in member countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) with commercial partners in Canada, U.S., Sweden and the European Union to support research and development and the commercialization of basic science.
NNSA, through its Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention program, facilitates partnerships with research institutes in STCU member countries, U.S. National Laboratories and private industry. Over the past 15 years, NNSA funded projects have led to multiple new technologies, hundreds of new jobs and millions in additional revenue for STCU member countries.
In addition, NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) has worked closely with STCU on the development of a conceptual design for an LEU-based subcritical assembly at the Kharkiv Institute. GTRI and STCU will continue to work together during the final design stage and construction of the assembly.
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.