15-16 April 2019
University of Surrey
Europe/London timezone

Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC): Mission and Accomplishments

15 Apr 2019, 12:00
University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK


John Mattingly (North Carolina State University)


.The Consortium of Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) is an alliance of 10 US universities and 4 US national laboratories led by North Carolina State University. The consortium is sponsored by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D, a.k.a. NNSA NA-22) as one part of NA-22’s Integrated University Program (IUP). CNEC is currently in its fifth year of operation. The consortium’s mission is to develop new capabilities and a pipeline of new professional researchers that will enable the US to meet future challenges to nuclear nonproliferation. Approximately 200 university professors, students, and post-docs have comprised CNEC’s multidisciplinary team of academic researchers from 7 different fields, including Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Political Science, and Statistics. John Mattingly will present an overview of CNEC’s R&D initiatives and accomplishments and highlight some of the consortium’s most impactful research projects.

John Mattingly has worked as an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) since 2011. At NCSU, John directs a team of graduate students and post-docs conducting research on applications of neutron and gamma radiation detection, imaging, and inverse analysis to nuclear nonproliferation, emergency response, and forensics. John serves as the CNEC Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator, where he directs and coordinates the efforts of professors and students at 10 US universities and scientists at 4 US national laboratories, all of whom are conducting new science and policy research and education to develop the next-generation of proliferation detection and deterrence capabilities.
Prior to joining the NCSU faculty, John worked at Sandia National Laboratories from 2003 to 2011 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1997 to 2003. At Sandia, he was one of the lead developers of GADRAS, which is used by nuclear emergency responders in the US and other countries to identify radioactive materials. He also served as an on-call analyst for the US DOE Triage and US DHS Reachback emergency response systems, and he participated in international emergency response exercises in the UK and France. At Oak Ridge, John led the physics design of the Blend-Down Monitoring System, which was deployed to Russia to monitor the down-blending of Russian highly-enriched uranium (HEU) for the US-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement. He also led the team that performed active neutron interrogation measurements to confirm the inventory of nuclear weapons components at the US Y-12 National Security Complex, and he participated in the original NNSA NA-22 warhead measurements campaign at the US Pantex Plant in 1997. John has performed hundreds of active and passive neutron and gamma measurements of special nuclear materials at facilities in the US, UK, France, and Russia. He earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of Tennessee in 1998.

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John Mattingly (North Carolina State University)

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