Ugandan Scientific Visit 2015

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This booklet shows highlights of the Ugandan Scientific Visit to the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M in 2015.


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    The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) organized and conducted a scientifi c visit for a group of professionals from Uganda at Texas A&M University in July. The purpose of this program was to provide the participants with a comprehensive introduction to nuclear power so that they will have a good understanding of the many elements and dimensions of implementing a nuclear power program and the technical and policy issues surrounding them. It was jointly sponsored by the Ugandan government and International Atomic Energy Agency.

    The program included presentations on basic nuclear power plant systems, operations, and safety culture needs, as well as policy issues related to nuclear regulation, human resource development, nuclear waste management, and national

    infrastructure. Speakers for the program were subject matter experts from all aspects of nuclear power drawn from industry, utilities, regulatory agencies, and academia. At Texas A&M, the participants visited the Nuclear Science Center and the Cyclotron Institute.

    The training program also included a trip to the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company in Wadsworth, Texas, where the participants met with the company leadership, management, and staff involved in all aspects of nuclear power generation. They also met with County Judge Nate McDonald of Matagorda County to see how local governments are integrated into a nuclear power program, and toured the nuclear power training facility at Wharton County Junior College.

    The participants included both engineers and scientists, as well as business and fi nancial professionals, who are involved in evaluating the possibility of developing nuclear power in Uganda. This training program will aid Uganda in understanding the steps necessary to establishing a safe and effective utilization of nuclear energy.

    Ugandan Scientifi c Visit

    College Station, Texas, U.S.A.July 7 17, 2015



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    NPI would like to thank all of the sponsors, participants, and speakers who contributed to the success of this training program.

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    Maxwell OnapaDeputy Executive Secretary

    (Ph.D - Epidemiology, M.B.A.)

    Naomi ObboEnvironmental Impact

    Assessment Officer (M.S.)

    Alex NuwagiraProcurement Officer

    (Masters - Business/Finance)

    Rachel LutaloState Attorney(Masters - LLB)

    Sabbiti BagumaNuclear Safety Engineer

    (M.S. - Nuclear Engineering)

    Yusuf MatovaHead of Communications

    (MSC Project Management)

    Patrick MuhindoActing Senior Economist(Masters - Economics)

    Valeria NakaweesaCivil Engineer

    (B.S. - Civil Engineering)

    Alex TwesigyeNuclear Scientist

    (M.S. - Nuclear Science)

    Abel RwendeireInfrastructure and Planning

    (Ph.D. - Biochemistry)

    Joseph OdoiPrincipal Accountant

    (Masters Accounting/Finance)

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    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    Developing a Nuclear Workforce

    Mr. Michael Marler, Senior Project Manager,Accelerant Technologies LLC

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    An Introduction - The International Regulatory Development Partnership

    Program Ms. Tammy Way, Director, IRDP Program, United States NuclearRegulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Public Acceptance and Local Government Prospective for a Nuclear Power Program

    The Honorable Judge Michael Ford, County Judge (retired), Somervell County,Texas

    Professional Seminar Topics

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    Friday, July 10, 2015

    New Technologies and Small Modular Reactor Economics

    Dr. Sunil S. Chirayath, Interim Director and Associate Director, Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI), Texas A&M University

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Radioactive Waste Management

    Mr. Lawrence R. Rick Jacobi, Jr., Owner andPrincipal Consultant, Jacobi Consulting, Austin, Texas

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Nuclear Fuel Cycle

    Dr. Paulo Barretto, Associate Director for International Programs, Nuclear Power Institute, Texas A&M University

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Human Resource Requirements and Continuing Education

    Dr. W. Wayne Kinnison, Research Scientist, Nuclear Power Institute, Texas A&M University

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    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Roles and Responsibilities of People and Organizations for Nuclear Security,Safeguards and Safety

    Dr. Paulo Barretto

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Nuclear Power Plant Infrastructure Requirements

    Mr. Carl G. Sayko , General Manager Support and Technology (retired), South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    National Electric Grid, Distribution and Maintenance

    Dr. Mladen Kezunovic,Eugene E. Webb Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Texas A&M University

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  • 9Matagorda County Court HouseMonday, July 13, 2015


    The Honorable Nate McDonald, County Judge

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    South Texas Project (STP)Monday, July 13, 2015Wadsworth, Texas

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    Wharton County Junior CollegeTuesday, July 14, 2015

    Bay City, Texas


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    Bay City, Texas

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    Nuclear Science CenterWednesday, July 15, 2015

    Texas A&M University

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    Cyclotron InstituteWednesday, July 15, 2015Texas A&M University

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    Closing ReceptionThursday, July 16, 2015


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    Tami Davis Hollar

    NPI Associate Director

    Cable Kurwitz

    Tees Associate Research En-gineer / Senior Lecturer

    Jay Haines

    NPI Recruiting Manager

    Paulo Barretto

    NPI Research Scientist

    Wayne Kinnison

    NPI Research Scientist

    T.K. Bhardwaj

    NSSPI Assistant Research Scientist

    Stephanie Czajkowski

    NPI Program Specialist

    Staff from Texas A&M University

    Yassin Hassan

    Department Head,Department of Nuclear


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    K. L. Peddicord

    NPI Director

    John Poston

    NPI Associate Director

    Valerie Segovia

    NPI Director of Outreach and Development

    Galina Tsvetkova

    NPI Senior Research Associate / Lecturer

    Natela Ostrovskaya

    NPI Senior Research Associate / Senior Lecturer

    Ann Wallingford

    NPI Senior Program Specialist

    Kelley Ragusa

    NSSPI Communications Coordinator

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