Drs. Leslie Fishbone and Barry Siskind

Department of Nonproliferation and National Security
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

E2433 Lafferre Hall (formerly Engineering Building East) "Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Programs and Career Opportunities in Safeguard Science and Technology at BNL and the International Atomic Energy Agency"

Drs. Fishbone and Siskind will be available to meet informally with undergraduate and graduate students interested in information about research opportunities and careers in domestic and international safeguards fields, especially those at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. BNL facilitates US employment opportunities with the International Atomic Energy Agency. All MU students interested in learning about opportunities in the safeguards field are invited to participate.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m., E1419 Lafferre Hall (formerly Engineering Building East)

"Field Test of Short-Notice Random Inspections at an LEU Fuel Fabrication Plant"

An approach of short-notice random inspections (SNRIs) for inventory-change verification can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of international safeguards at natural or lowˇenriched uranium (LEU) fuel fabrication plants. According to this approach, the plant operator declares the contents of nuclear material items before knowing if an inspection will occur to verify them. Additionally, items about which declarations are newly made should remain available for verification for an agreed time.

A six-month field test of the feasibility of such SNRIs took place at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division during 1993. Westinghouse personnel made daily declarations about both feed and product items, uranium hexafluoride cylinders and finished fuel assemblies, using a custom-designed computer "mailbox". Safeguards inspectors from the IAEA conducted eight SNRIs to verify these declarations. They arrived unannounced at the plant, in most cases immediately after travel from Canada, where the IAEA maintains a regional office. Items from both strata were verified during the SNRIs by means of nondestructive assay equipment. The field test demonstrated the feasibility and practicality of key elements of the SNRI approach for a large LEU fuel fabrication plant.

Brief Biosketch:

Leslie G. Fishbone has spent the last 24 years working in the area of nuclear material safeguards. During 1989-1993 he worked in the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He now serves in the MPC&A Cooperative Programs Division of the Department of Nonproliferation and National Security, and his current responsibility is for tasks relating to upgrading nuclear material protection, control and accounting in Russia.

Dr. Fishbone earned a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. He received a PhD in 1972 from the University of Maryland, with a dissertation on black-hole relativistic astrophysics. Thereafter he went to the Soviet Union as a participant in the research exchanges between the National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.; he was attached to the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics. From 1974-1977 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah.