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.

The course will include both class-based discussion and hands-on experience, with students visiting the renown Nuclear Security Technology Complex at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

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What You'll Learn

This professional development course consists of two, one-week modules. This compressed format was designed to meet the needs of working professionals and students alike. The two modules are:

1. Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nuclear Security

Potential topics include:

  • Core concepts for nuclear security
  • Tour of Nuclear Security Technology Complex at Sandia National Laboratories
  • Policies and best practices in nuclear security
  • Current context and capabilities
  • Challenges to current nuclear security approaches
  • Future capabilities, challenges, and needs

2. Nuclear Security System Design and Analysis

Participants will design a security system for a hypothetical facility to protect against a hypothetical design basis threat. You 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. Participants will work in groups and be guided by a mentor from one of the primary stakeholders.

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.

UNM Faculty, Staff and Retirees: this course is eligible for Tuition Remission under Professional Development


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

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