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Announcements

  • Disarmament Verification Working Group Meets in London with INSSL Associate Director Marco Marzo (03/28/2015)
  • INSSL Director Addresses Challenges to Nuclear Security and Safeguards at ANS-NE Meeting (03/20/2015)
  • UMass Lowell Strongly Represented at CONTE (02/13/2015)
  • Sukesh Aghara, Ph.D. Invited Speaker and Session Chair at ANS Winter Meeting
    INSSL Director and UMass Lowell Professor Sukesh Aghara, Ph.D., served as chair of the session entitled “Computational Tools for Radiation Protection and Shielding” at the 2014 ANS Winter Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. (Nov. 9–13, 2014). He also gave an invited talk, “Radiation Transport Tools for Space Radiation Shielding,” during the session entitled "Tutorial on Radiation Protection and Shielding in Aeronautics and Space Applications." Aghara participated in division committee meetings for Aerospace Nuclear Science and Technology (ANSTD), Fuel Cycle and Waste Management (FCWMD), Radiation Protection and Shielding (RSPD), and Nuclear Nonproliferation Technical Group.
  • Marco Marzo, Ph.D., Session Chair at the Symposium on International Safeguards
    INSSL Associate Director and UMass Lowell Research Professor Marco Marzo, Ph.D., served as chair of the session entitled “Safeguards at Enrichment Facilities” at the 2014 Symposium on International Safeguards, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna from Oct 20-24. The session on “Safeguards at Enrichment Facilities highlighted that:
    • Enrichment facilities remain an important field for improving safeguards measures. In this session a number of new ideas/technologies were presented which need further development and field testing.
    • Most of the papers/poster presented at this session concerned NDA systems for determination of enrichment on UF6 in process (enrichment monitors) or in storage (UF6 cylinders). New NDA techniques are aimed at unattended measurement and improved effectiveness.
    • There was no significant contribution concerning improving timeliness of ES analysis and detection of undeclared enrichment facilities.
    • Several participants indicated the need for an international topical meeting to review technological advancement and explore possible avenues for implementing the new technologies that are most promising. Such meeting should gather all stakeholders including technology developers, operators, member states and international inspectorates.
    Prof. Marzo also participated in the panel discussion on “IAEA and State Cooperation."
    Read more information on the symposium: www.iaea.org/safeguards/symposium/2014/index.html .
  • Marco Marzo, Ph.D. Joins Nuclear Engineering Program
    Marco Marzo, Ph.D., joined the Nuclear Engineering Program in the Chemical Engineering Department, as research professor. His research interests span a range of topics, including nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear security, and safeguards, in special nuclear material accountancy and verification techniques.
    He will assist in establishing the new Integrated Nuclear Security & Safeguards Laboratory (INSSL). Marzo has experience on nuclear safeguards and security and was working with the International Atomic Energy Agency, as director of operations of the Safeguards Department. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, his Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.