Charlton awarded INMM’s Special Service Award

Nuclear engineering associate professor William Charlton was awarded the "Special Service Award," at the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) annual meeting July 13 in Baltimore, Md.Dr. WIlliam Charlton The award focuses on noteworthy contributions to the industry or the institute, and is only one of three presented at the meeting. Charlton was cited "for his leadership and mentoring of university students and young professionals in nuclear materials management."Charlton has achieved numerous accomplishments in the field of nuclear security, nonproliferation and safeguards both in the academic setting and within the national and international communities. Academically, he has led the development of the academic discipline to support the nuclear materials field and to address its key research issues. Charlton's efforts have resulted in the establishment of a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering with Specialization in Nuclear Nonproliferation, a first for the nation.Charlton instigated the creation of the first student chapter of the INMM and in April was named "Advisor of the Year" by the university's Department of Student Activities. In February, the chapter hosted its first professional workshop on proliferation assessment tools. More than 65 participants from countries across the globe participated in the event.In addition to his academic responsibilities, Charlton is also the director of the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI). NSSPI is a TEES/Texas A&M center housed in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and in collaboration with the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. The mission of NSSPI focuses on graduate education, research and service on a variety of topics related to the safeguarding of nuclear materials and the reduction of nuclear threats.The INMM is an international organization formed in 1958 that is dedicated to improving the management of nuclear related materials.