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Comparative Analysis of 3S Curriculum

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Nicholas Quintero

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Comparative Analysis of 3S Curriculum

Chapter Vice President
Jordan University of Science and Technology INMM Student Chapter

Immediate Past President
Texas A&M University INMM Student Chapter

1 . Introduction
2. Utility of This Comparison
3. Institutions
4. JUST Integrated Course Approach to 3S
5. TAMU 3S Track-Specific Approach
6. Institution Course Content
7. Comparison
8. Conclusion
Texas A&M University
Degree options include undergraduate and graduate programs in NE/Radiological Health and NE/Health Physics, respectively.
Ranked 2nd Nationally - Undergraduate & Graduate studies among public universities
Home of the
Specific Nuclear Nonproliferation track for graduate studies.
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Jordan University Of Science And Technology
First Jordanian nuclear engineering department.
The Department offers a B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering.
The curriculum focuses on nuclear power engineering.
World class courses are anticipated to be offered, and the curriculum is set at the ABET standards and it is expected that the department will seek to obtain accreditation.
How can this assessment be used?
Highlight areas of possible expansion into a specific component of the 3S topic.
Highlight areas of possible future collaboration between the two universities.

Two schools with different approaches to teaching 3S:
How do they work independently?
How could they work together?
Utility of This Comparison
Nicholas Quintero
Mohammad Bani Ahmad
Paper’s Goals: Provide individual assessment of each school’s programmatic elements that incorporate the topics of Safety, Security, and Safeguards (3S).
Thank you for your attention.
To help sustain a continued standard of excellence it is useful to compare curriculum structure and share best practices between the two academic institutions.
The Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) are committed to educating next generation of nuclear professionals.

Jordan University of Science and Technology
Texas A&M University
Integrates 3S into its undergraduate courses
Undergraduate curriculum serves as a foundation for further academic or professional development
Recent improvements enhance the curriculum

Incorporates 3S in undergraduate courses
A majority of the 3S content is offered in specialized tracks and well established graduate program
Areas of continued focus are dependent on track specializations
Students are highly encouraged to invest in specialty areas that further investigate 3S topics.
A simple numerical comparison of the JUST and TAMU 3S courses by credit hour is insufficient. - Fails to capture the unique advantages at each university
TAMU 3S Track-Specific Approach

Incorporated into undergraduate courses from a system level safety analysis.
Graduate course on nuclear reactor safety offers more in-depth look at the nuclear safety construct.

Security - NUEN 489 Nuclear Security System and Design - dedicated to studying and designing physical protection system for nuclear facilities

Specific courses in:
Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Nuclear Material Safeguards
Critical Analysis of Nuclear Security Data
Graduate concentration in Nuclear Nonproliferation with specific areas of research.
JUST Integrated Course Approach to 3S
The Department of Nuclear Engineering guarantees 160 credit hours:
96 Department Compulsory
6 Department Elective
58 Compulsory from other Departments
Within the 102 Department courses, the approach to 3S can be classified into two ways:
3S Integrated topics within 3rd, 4th and 5th years courses.
A 3-hours Security and Safeguards course
Specialization is offered as part of the undergraduate and graduate degree program.
Topic Areas:
Largest Nuclear Engineering Program in the United States
Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI)
There is versatility in approaches when introducing 3S topics:
Integration of concepts into undergraduate curriculum
Offering further investigation in specialty tracks/post-graduate education.
Each institution prepares students for continued academic and/or professional development.
Despite differences, there is a common goal of establishing a strong appreciation for nuclear security, safety, and safeguards.
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