Hosting foreign educators

Posted: November 27, 2013 - 11:16am

Y‑12, in support of the University of Tennessee's Institute for Nuclear Security, recently welcomed a group of professors from Indonesia's Universitas Gadjah Mada, the only university in Indonesia that offers a nuclear engineering program.

As part of a U.S. Department of State Nuclear Security Educator Study Tour, the professors are on a month-long tour of U.S. universities and nuclear sites, where they'll learn strategies and best practices to help them develop new nuclear security courses to implement in Indonesia.

Through the INS, the visitors were able to see facilities and hear from subject matter experts at Y‑12, the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “At Y‑12, we talked about the work we do to educate and prepare folks in and around nuclear facilities to keep materials secure. We also discussed the GTRI Alarm Response Training we conduct for first responders,” said Toby Williams, Global Security Analysis and Training manager.

The visitors also were briefed on Y‑12's history, primary mission work, and emerging nonproliferation and global security work.

“This visit went very well. They were very impressed that the Oak Ridge/Knoxville area offers the full spectrum of nuclear security expertise — from academics and policy to research and production,” said Chris Robinson, Nuclear Materials Initiatives director. “By teaming with the INS and participating in events like this, Y‑12 can make significant contributions across the world in developing and supporting a strong nuclear culture.”

This was the first of several planned interactions in which Y‑12 will provide nuclear security expertise to foreign countries. Through the INS, Y‑12 will work with the State Department for similar visits in the near future with Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and others.