Who We Are
The Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI) is a 4-week summer fellowship training program for graduate students and young professionals designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of nuclear power plants, as well as the technical knowledge and skills needed to enter the growing global nuclear energy workforce.
The INI was developed through a partnership between UMass Lowell and the U.S.–Czech Civil Nuclear Cooperation Centre (CNCC) in Prague. The initiative is supported and recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of State and the Czech Government.
In 2017, the program attracted 27 participants from 20 countries, including the U.S., the Czech Republic, Armenia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Bangladesh, Mexico and Brazil.
The INI was first offered in 2015 by co-directors Assoc. Prof. Sukesh Aghara of UMass Lowell and Assoc. Prof. Radek Škoda of the Czech Technical University (CTU). We now have more than a hundred INI graduates who are involved in the nuclear energy sector worldwide. Many of them are destined to be future leaders who will shape the long-term nuclear energy policies and strategies of their respective countries and the world.
The mission of the INI is to leverage existing expertise and resources at both UMass Lowell and CTU and in both the U.S. and the Czech Republic. Our aim is to engage a network of young professionals who will bridge the technology and knowledge gaps in the nuclear power sector, share best industry practices and spark interest that could lead to the next innovation in nuclear energy research.
Prof. Aghara is supported by several UMass Lowell faculty and staff members, including Research Prof. Marco Marzo (Secretary General, ABACC; previously associate director of INSSL) and Prof. Emeriti John R. White and Gilbert J. Brown (both of chemical engineering), Steve Snay (Director of Radiation Safety), Leo Bobek (Director, UMass Lowell Research Reactor) and several student reactor operators.
Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Clarke Orzalli, who served in the navy's nuclear submarine fleet, is also a guest speaker during the INI banquet program.
To learn more about this fellowship program please visit the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute's website.