PINE coordinates with various partners in the Texas A&M University System to deliver quality programs in
- the introduction of nuclear power;
- emergency preparedness and response;
- nuclear safety, security, and safeguards (3S); and
- nuclear technology applications.
Many of these partners also have agreements in place with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support their missions in sustainable development. More information about Texas A&M support for the IAEA is available on the Agency website.
Capabilities in the College of Engineering
The Department of Nuclear Engineering was established in 1958 and strives to serve the state, nation and global community by nurturing nuclear engineering professionals and leaders to meet the complex challenges associated with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and enhancing global security. We are the largest program in the U.S. with a current enrollment of 292 undergraduate and 141 graduate students. Our program is ranked second nationally among undergraduate and fourth nationally among graduate programs included in public universities (U.S. News and World Report).
A large faculty with diverse expertise, facilities that are second to none, and a history of strong support from college administrators and former students give the department the tools needed to equip today’s students with skills necessary for the wide-ranging applications of nuclear science and technology.
The Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University is the first U.S. academic institution focused on technical graduate education, research, and service related to the safeguarding of nuclear materials and nonproliferation. As part of its mission to serve as a public resource for knowledge and skills to reduce nuclear threats, NSSPI partners with countries and organizations around the world to help develop safeguards capabilities and enhance global nuclear security culture through training and other outreach activities. The center is also a founding member of the IAEA’s International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).
Other Areas of Expertise and Service
The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University continues to carry on and expand the legacy of its namesake – the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – by playing a key role in fighting world hunger. The Borlaug Institute designs and implements science based agricultural development and training programs that guide the phases of agricultural industry from production to consumption in order to fight hunger and poverty among small-holder agricultural communities of the developing world.
The National Center for Electron Beam Research (NCEBR) is the leading academic and research organization in the world that is focused on the research, development and commercialization of electron beam (eBeam) technologies. The center boasts the world’s largest, high throughput research/commercial-level E-beam and X-ray irradiation equipment and is operated by Texas A&M Agrilife Research. The NCEBR promotes eBeam and other non-isotope-based technologies around the world. It is committed to building strong partnerships with the government and private industry in an effort to move the technology from the research laboratory to the marketplace. In 2014, the IAEA designated the NCEBR as an IAEA Collaborating Centre for Electron Beam Technology for Food, Health and Environmental Applications. It was renewed as an IAEA Collaborating Centre in 2019.
The Texas A&M School of Public Health is committed to transforming health through interdisciplinary inquiry, innovative solutions, and development of leaders through the Texas A&M tradition of service to engage diverse communities worldwide. It is part of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center.
In 2016, the school signed a three-year agreement with the IAEA to assist in capacity building in public health nutrition for the IAEA and its member states around the globe. Projects will include public health research, program evaluation, public health workforce training and community-based interventions with IAEA member states worldwide, with a particular focus on cancer control, cardiovascular health, nutrition and environmental health.
The Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office (NLO) was formed by the Chancellor to be a conduit for expanding engagement with the national laboratories for faculty, staff, and students of the A&M System. This office engages with all Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Agency laboratories and sites.
PINE is able to draw from this network to bring in experts from throughout the national laboratory complex.