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The new tech of nuclear non-proliferation

Over the past few decades, a new challenge in nuclear engineering has come to light: how does the world prevent nuclear energy countries from becoming nuclear weapon states? The answer lies with the National Nuclear Security Administration and Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT).  

 

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To bring treaty verification into the 21st century, the National Nuclear Security Administration offered $25 million to a team of engineers, scientists and policy experts at 12 universities and nine government laboratories. Their Consortium for Verification Technology is headed by Sara Pozzi, a professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at U-M.

Pozzi has over 20 years of experience in nonproliferation, security and the monitoring of nuclear facilities. She spent several years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she was part of a team working with Russia on new methods for disarmament verification.

“It’s really important to be able to verify a treaty to give confidence to the states that are part of the treaty, as well as to other states around the world, that the treaty can be implemented and enforced,” said Pozzi.