In 2014 NC State was awarded a five-year, $25 million grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development to develop the next generation of leaders with practical experience in technical fields relevant to nuclear nonproliferation. NC State was selected by NNSA over 22 other proposals following a competitive process that began in May 2013. The Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) was created and comprises seven partner universities (NC State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State University, NC A&T State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Michigan) and three national laboratories (Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories).
Through an intimate mix of innovative research and development (R&D) and education activities, CNEC will enhance national capabilities in the detection and characterization of special nuclear material (SNM) and facilities processing SNM to enable the U.S. to meet its international nonproliferation goals, as well as to investigate the replacement of radiological sources so that they could not be misappropriated and used in dirty bombs or other deleterious uses.
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