I have been in Atlanta for several days now at the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) conference 2014. It always amazes me to see people of all walks of life and all realms of academia and professions come to discuss nuclear issues. I’ve been to talks about global nuclear disarmament, spent fuel, and verification by today’s best and brightest.
One thing I have noticed though is a…
Minor Uranium Isotopes in Enrichment Tails
Originally for my project this summer I wanted to try to model the IR-40 pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) to test if the thermohydraulics of the reactor were still sound even at an enrichment level different from the natural uranium design. Ultimately my project was changed and now I am going to be researching minor uranium isotopes. These are a few brief comments on what I hope to learn…
Nuclear Safeguards Course Day 1
I am currently attending the International Nuclear Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis Course at the Monterey Institute of International Studies also co-sposnsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Yesterday was day 1 of the…
I was off by a day.
It was the 25th.
I always called at midnight on the 24th.
I didn’t want to be the one to forget.
I made it.
I made it through.
Feels weird to be honest.
NPT PrepCom 2014 Brief Comments
The 2014 NPT PrepCom in New York concluded a few days ago and everything is now set for the 2015 NPT RevCom. My twitter feed was buzzing with information from multiple organizations and from colleagues from the Monterey Institute of International Studies that were on the ground floor and/or are nonproliferation experts. Now that everything has ben set in stone, I wanted to publish a few comments…
The Virtual Dismantlement of a Nuclear Weapon (Link to Pictures Included)
For the past two semesters I’ve had the opportunity to work at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, where I am working on my master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies. The project I have worked on under the mentorship of Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress was the building, programming, and support…