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Picture of students at poster presentation, with guest speaker who used to be faculty at UMass Lowell. The Nuclear Program at UMass Lowell in collaboration with Czech Technical University in Prague developed the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI). The program falls under the umbrella of the U.S. - Czech Civil Nuclear Cooperation Centre (CNCC) and has the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). INI is a training program designed for young professional working in the nuclear energy sector to advance and broaden their knowledge in the field. The annual summer institute, established in 2015, now has nearly 100 alumni around the world. The original co-directors Prof. Aghara and Prof. Radek Škoda of the Czech Technical University continue in their leadership role. The institute held on two continents, consists of four weeks of intensive hands-on training in reactor system fundamentals, operations and technology, advanced reactor design, radiation detection, dosimetry and protection, fuel cycle management and nuclear materials safety, as well as security and non-proliferation.

Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI)

Promoting long-term sustainability of nuclear power programs and infrastructure through capacity building, global dialogue and technical engagement in the fields of nuclear science and power reactor technology.

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June 3-16, 2018 — Prague, Czech Republic
June 17-19, 2018 — UMass Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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UMass Lowell faculty pose for a photo with and an IAEA representative. The Nuclear Program at UMass Lowell in collaboration with Czech Technical University in Prague developed the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI). The program falls under the umbrella of the U.S. - Czech Civil Nuclear Cooperation Centre (CNCC) and has the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). INI is a training program designed for young professional working in the nuclear energy sector to advance and broaden their knowledge in the field. The annual summer institute, established in 2015, now has nearly 100 alumni around the world. The original co-directors Prof. Aghara and Prof. Radek Škoda of the Czech Technical University continue in their leadership role. The institute held on two continents, consists of four weeks of intensive hands-on training in reactor system fundamentals, operations and technology, advanced reactor design, radiation detection, dosimetry and protection, fuel cycle management and nuclear materials safety, as well as security and non-proliferation.

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.