Characterization of radiation fields; isotope inventory quantification of nuclear fuel cycles; and detector response characterization for nuclear security and safeguards applications. Radiation shielding analysis for earth and space radiation environments. Applications of nuclear analytical techniques and research reactor.
Applications of nuclear codes (MCNP, MCNPX, PHITS) to model nuclear systems, control and management of nuclear materials (ORIGEN, HELIOS, NJOY). Serves as the Subject Matter Expert to the IAEA and U.S. Department of State on threat assessment of cyber and physical security vulnerability to nuclear and radiological material and facilities. He contributes to nuclear security topics on - insider threat, detection of radiological materials outside of regulatory control, nuclear forensics, nuclear materials and accountancy.
Prof. Aghara is the Director of the Nuclear Engineering program and the Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory at UMass Lowell. He is Nuclear Security Fellow with Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS).