Research Areas

  • Preventing the use of nuclear or radiological materials or devises for malicious purposes
  • Reducing the opportunities for malicious use of potential threat materials through security or replacement
  • Mitigating and minimizing the consequences of radiological or nuclear incidents
  • Developing detection technologies and systems for nuclear security

Our Mission

To advance learning, discovery, and engagement in the security of nuclear and radiological materials and in the reduction of nuclear and radiological threats for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment.
Jason Harris
CRANS Director

Conceived of in 2016 and officially created in 2018, the Purdue University Center for Radiological and Nuclear Security (CRANS) is a joint center based in the School of Health Sciences with heavy participation from the School of Nuclear Engineering, the Department of Political Sciences, the History Department and the School of Materials Engineering. CRANS looks to sustain efforts in nuclear security, particularly through teaching and mentoring students, in an effort to combat the eroding population of skilled personnel in the field. CRANS strives to mentor and train new personnel through new course offerings and research.

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Faculty

Jason Harris, PhD

Director

School of Health Sciences

Professor Harris' research focuses on nuclear security, risk assessment and nuclear security culture, as well as radiation detection for safeguards, reactor and accelerator applications.

Robert Bean, PhD

Associate Director

School of Nuclear Engineering

Professor Bean is researching improved radiation detection and is currently funded under an NRC Faculty Development Grant.

Hany Abdel-Khalik, PhD

School of Nuclear Engineering

Professor Abdel-Khalik focuses on the cargo interrogation problem, data mining, cyber security of nuclear reactors, and signature identification.

Chan Choi, PhD

School of Nuclear Engineering

Professor Choi's research is funded by the CNEC grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Dwaine Jengelley, PhD

Department of Political Science

Professor Jengelley is focusing on terrorism and counter-terrorism, specifically terrorism using or relating to weapons of mass destruction.

Mary Mitchell, PhD

Department of History

Professor Mitchell works on researching and chronicling the history of nuclear nonproliferation and broadly of science and technology.

Linda Nie, PhD

School of Health Sciences

Professor Nie is an expert in nuclear instrumentation, nuclear physics and its relationship with environment management, and radiation emergency management.

Maria Okuniewski, PhD

School of Materials Engineering

Professor Okuniewski is research radiation damage in structural materials and nuclear fuels, with a goal of developing nonproliferation and accident tolerant fuels.

Keith Shimko, PhD

Department of Political Science

Professor Shimko focuses on research arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, and modern weapons.

Rusi Taleyarkhan, PhD

School of Nuclear Engineering

Professor Taleyarkhan's ongoing research pertains to neutron, alpha and fission signature monitoring in spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, nuclear reactor facilities, international safeguards and cargo and vehicle scanning.

Janelle Wharry, PhD

School of Nuclear Engineering

Professor Wharry is researching irradiation effects in the Ti02 material and nuclear fuels.

Students

Rane Shraddha

Continuing PhD Student

School of Health Sciences

Development of a Nuclear Security Potential Risk Model for Radiological Facilities

Marcia Robinson

Continuing MS Student

School of Health Sciences

Nuclear Security Culture Assessment at Universities

Emily Bragers

Continuing MS Student

School of Health Sciences

Active Interrogation Dosimetry of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Nathan Boyle

Continuing PhD Student

School of Nuclear Engineering

Optimization of tensioned metastable fluid detection systems for passive interrogation of SNMs

Mitchell Hemesath

Continuing MS Student

School of Nuclear Engineering

Alpha spectroscopy based monitoring of actinides in the environment and critical nuclear security facilities

Yeni Li

Continuing PhD Student

School of Nuclear Engineering

Cyber physical defense for digitally controlled industrial processes (nuclear power)

Arvind Sundaram

Continuing PhD Student

School of Nuclear Engineering

Cyber physical defense for digitally controlled industrial processes (nuclear power)

Gyuchul Park

Continuing PhD Student

School of Materials Engineering

Low Fluence Neutron Irradiation Effects in Uranium Molybdenum Fuel

Alejandro Figueroa

Continuing PhD Student

School of Materials Engineering

Nanobubble Lattice Organization and Recrystallization in Uranium Molybdenum Fuel

Amrita Sen

Continuing PhD Student

School of Nuclear and Engineering

Irradiation Induced Chemistry Evolution in Thorium-Bearing Oxide and Metallic Nuclear Fuels

Courses

CRANS has created an educational program related to nuclear security including existing course with cirricula already pertinent, and new courses to expand the education of students interested in nuclear security. These additional courses, called NSE courses, build on top of the related courses, shown below.

HSCI 590

Nuclear Security Design and Analysis

HSCI 590(SU)

Appliled Nuclear Security Detection

HSCI 415

Introduction To Nuclear And Radiological Source Security

POL 590

Threat and WMD Threat Assessment

HIST 332

The Nuclear Age

NUCL 597N

Nuclear Power & Nonproliferation

NUCL 504

Nuclear Engineering Experiments

POL 520

Nuclear Strategy

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For inquiries and discussions, please reach out to:

Professor Jason Harris, Purdue University School of Health Sciences

Mailing Information

  • Jason Harris, PhD (CRANS Director)
    School of Health Sciences
    550 Stadium Mall Drive
    West Lafayette, IN 47907