NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) will hold its annual University Program Review (UPR) Meeting from June 6 – June 8, 2017 (Tuesday through Thursday ending at ~12:30 p.m.) at the Marriott in Walnut Creek, California. This meeting was previously known as UITI.
The UPR 2017 review meeting is an opportunity to showcase the DNN R&D funded research projects from universities and their laboratory partners to the broader nuclear security and nonproliferation community. The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC), the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT), and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) will be well represented. UPR is an unclassified venue for sponsors to review the accomplishments of grantees; stakeholders within the community to engage sponsored researchers; a forum to stimulate collaboration, technology transfer and integration; and a venue where students and early career scientists can interact with their peers in a rigorous, yet collegial, environment.
UPR will feature approximately 35 technical presentations and 75 posters from a variety of disciplines: radiation detection, advanced materials, remote sensing, safeguards and simulations, and algorithms and modeling. In addition, staff from the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories will provide not only an overview of their DNN R&D sponsored research programs, but will also be available to interact in technical matters of mutual interest. Representatives from U.S. government agencies involved in nuclear security and non-proliferation will also be in attendance.
DNN R&D leads the NNSA’s investment in the research and development of new technologies that support the Nation’s nuclear security and nonproliferation goals. DNN R&D advances technologies that detect and characterize nuclear weapons programs, detect the diversion of special nuclear materials, and detect nuclear detonations. Addressing these challenges are at the core of the DNN R&D office mission and the results enhance U.S. verification and monitoring capabilities supporting nuclear arms control treaties, and overall strengthen our national and homeland nuclear security. DNN R&D sponsors research and development across all disciplines of nuclear science, nuclear security, and nonproliferation.
Universities and the National Laboratories are key partners and play unique roles in enabling our mission. Universities develop the next generation of nuclear security and nonproliferation experts and leaders, as well as address some of the most challenging aspects of novel technology and method development. Methods and technologies demonstrated or proven at the university level allow the National Laboratories to advance these capabilities until they are adopted by operational enterprises or transitioned into private industry for commercialization. Transparent and effective linking of universities, with the expertise and unique capabilities of the National Laboratories, represents the core of how DNN R&D can meet its mission objectives.
Attendees must be approved by the DNN R&D Office, and must register their attendance via the forthcoming UPR website, to be announced in early May. Due to limited seating, there are no exceptions to this policy.
The organizers compiled the mailing list for this announcement from several sources. As the list is by no means all inclusive, the organizers encourage government agencies and user community organizations to identify those who would benefit from attending the review, and forward names and contact information (affiliation, phone & email) to Donna Raziano for coordination. DNN R&D Program Managers will approve and validate additional invitations, as well as alternate attendees. This meeting is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Organizers request National Laboratory POCs to coordinate attendance from their respective labs. POCs please forward respective laboratory names and contact information to Donna Raziano.
Registration & Further Details
In early May, you will receive an invitation email with a website link to register your online attendance for this UPR meeting. Online registration is required for all attendees, including ALL speakers, prior to arrival. The website will also contain an agenda and meeting logistics.
DOE Personnel/Contractors: This program review is considered a meeting since it is an annual “NNSA/DOE technical/business program peer review” and therefore excluded from the requirements of Interim Final NNSA Policy Letter, Approval of NNSA Federal & Contractor Sponsored Conference dated 10/14/11. In addition, this required program peer review meeting allows colleagues and subject matter experts to present and discuss the NNSA funded projects’ results and current status. This review meeting does not need to be entered into eCAPS.
There will be a minimal daily hospitality (not a “registration”) fee for continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack that participants will pay at the time of website registration. An optional no-host dinner will be scheduled for Wednesday evening, June 7. Since meals are not allowed (“unallowable”), attendees on USG official travel must use their personal credit card for payment and apply their daily per diem towards this fee.
A block of Walnut Creek Marriott hotel rooms (at the $145/per night government/discounted rate plus taxes) have been reserved for this review meeting throughMonday, May 15, 2017. Please go to our direct UPR lodging link to make your reservations now. This block of rooms is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will fill up quickly. By making your reservation under our UPR room block, you will be entitled to $9 per day parking (discounted from $23). In addition, this hotel provides a complimentary shuttle for our hotel guests within a three mile radius, including transport to and from the Walnut Creek BART station. The Walnut Creek BART station is approximately .6 mile/15 minute walk to hotel. If you book your hotel room and encounter any difficulties, please email Donna Raziano so she can resolve the issue(s).
Oral and Poster Presenters
Organizers will post detailed oral presenter and poster guidelines on the forthcoming website. These guidelines will also be emailed to you by Donna Raziano prior to the website’s release. Please refer to these guidelines prior to preparing your presentations and posters.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at UPR 2017.
LTC Benjamin Miller
Technical Point of Contact / Deputy Director, Office of Proliferation Detection
Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research & Development (DNN R&D)
Phone (202) 287-5136 / Email Benjamin.Miller@nnsa.doe.gov