Course Overview


The University of New Mexico Nuclear Engineering department has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Office of International Nuclear Security (NNSA-INS) and experts from Sandia, Los Alamos, and Idaho national laboratories to offer a two-week, executive-style Nuclear Security Summer School course focusing on the theory, current practices, advancements in, and design and analysis of nuclear security systems.




What You'll Learn

 An executive-style Nuclear Security Summer School focusing on nuclear security for domestic and international participants by sharing foundational knowledge in the history and theory of nuclear security, performance testing of nuclear security technologies, and nuclear system design and analysis. Upon completion, students will receive UNM-based continuing education units (CEUs) and certificate. This professional development program consists of two modules each with a duration of five half-day class sessions. This compressed format was designed to meet the needs of working professionals and students alike. The two modules are described below:

Module 1. Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nuclear Security (July 10-14, 2023)

The objective of this module is to gain the foundations and analytical fundamentals of nuclear security. Students will learn core concepts for nuclear security, policies and best practices in nuclear security, challenges to current nuclear security approaches, as well as future capabilities, challenges, and needs.

Module 2. Nuclear Security System Design and Analysis (July 17-21, 2023)

Students will design a security system for a hypothetical facility to protect against a hypothetical design basis threat. Students will be able to select a hypothetical facility that most aligns with their interests, such as a small modular reactor, light water reactor, research reactor, multiple facility complex, fuel fabrication facility, reprocessing facility, or fuel fabrication plant. Students will work in groups and be guided by a mentor.

NOTE: Completion of the first module within the prior three years is a prerequisite for this module.

Who Should Attend

  • Nuclear engineers
  • Advanced nuclear engineering students and doctoral candidates
  • DOE personnel
  • Nuclear security managers and professionals
  • University faculty

Additional Information

Participants must attend 80% of sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Participants should be in the nuclear engineering or nuclear security fields.

Thank you for your interest in this course. This course is not currently open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.

This course is offered through UNM Nuclear Engineering.

The UNM Nuclear Security Program was developed to ensure that the next generation of nuclear security experts are prepared for the challenges of this growing, global industry.

The program is in partnership with UNM Nuclear Engineering, the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Office of International Nuclear Security (NNSA-INS) and experts from Sandia, Los Alamos, and Idaho National Laboratories.  

UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees can use their Tuition Remission benefit on professional development programs.

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