INMM

Technical Divisions

Facility Operations
International Safeguards
Materials Control & Accountability

Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Nuclear Security and Physical Protection
Packaging, Transportation and Disposition


The Technical Divisions Section includes six Technical Divisions and two Standing Committees. This section describes each Division. A list of current Technical Divisions and charters for each can be found here. Chapter members who have paid INMM dues may participate in any Technical Division for which they have an interest and are not limited to one Division.

Division Chairs

Each division chair provides leadership by serving as the Institute focal point for information activities related to the division. The Chairs are required to:
a.    Plan, organize and coordinate Division activities
b.    Prepare and maintain the Division Charter:

  1.         1)    Ensure the Division charter reviewed and signed annually and is submitted as part of the November Executive Committee Meeting Report. 
            2)    Ensure the latest version of the Division Charter is posted on the INMM website by the end of December following the submission.
            3)    A template for a Division Charter can be found on the INMM website.

Each Division is responsible for submitting a report for each in-person Executive Committee meeting and submit the Division annual budget request for the subsequent fiscal year to the INMM Treasurer as requested. They also solicit papers for their respective sessions at the Annual Meeting and topical workshops; participate as member of TPC for Annual Meeting to review abstracts for papers, group abstracts into sessions, and contact session chairs; conduct a meeting of Division at Annual Meeting; solicit and provide papers for consideration in the JNMM; and plan and conduct Division workshops or seminars.

Facility Operations Division

The Divisions provide forums for an exchange of knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned among those involved in nuclear facilities’ operations in both commercial and government sectors. 

International Safeguards Division

The International Safeguards Division (ISD) provides a forum for the exchange of information on the continuing development of international safeguards within the nonproliferation regime and for the enhancement of a broad understanding of the implementation and effectiveness of safeguards. The Division examines technical issues, facilitates publication of studies related to safeguards, and supports workshops on the advancement of safeguards technology and procedures, including:

  • Analysis of safeguards developments
  • Safeguards policy, concepts and approaches
  • Safeguards implementation experience
  • Safeguards technology and measurements
  • Synergies and similarities between international verification approaches
  • Safeguards evolution towards a new nuclear environment

In, particular, the International Safeguards Division coordinates activities with the IAEA, Vienna, and Japan Chapters, and with the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA). The Chair of this Division also serves as the INMM ESARDA Liaison.

Materials Control & Accountability Division

The Division promotes communication, professional development and the exchange of technology among professionals active in the control and accountability of nuclear materials. The Division promotes excellence in Materials Control and Accountability (MC&A) by

  • Holding MC&A professionals to high standards of professional ethics, education, and performance, and by publicly recognizing those who meet those standards, thereby encouraging improvements in the qualifications of those in MC&A
  • Promoting research and development of new concepts, approaches, techniques, and equipment in MC&A
  • Working with the World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS) to share best practices
  • Supporting the efforts of the ANSI N-15 Standards development

ANSI INMM N-15 Standards Subcommittee 

INMM functions as the Secretariat for Accredited Standards Committee, N15—Methods of Nuclear Material Control. The Subcommittee Chair coordinates N15 activities with ANSI and is the principal INMM contact with ANSI. This standard covers protection, control, and accounting of special nuclear materials in all phases of the nuclear fuel cycle, including analytical procedures where necessary and special to this purpose, excluding physical detection of special nuclear materials within a nuclear power plant. For more information, see:

The subcommittee chair ensures that:
1.    INMM meets ANSI Secretariat requirements
2.    The development and maintenance of standards are in accordance with the approved scope and ANSI procedures
3.    The operation and performance of N15 are in accordance with ANSI procedures and instructions.
4.    Development of international standards is coordinated with the N15 Chair

Nonproliferation and Arms Control Division

The Division promotes the advancement of research and development efforts in support of international arms control and nonproliferation efforts through applying nuclear materials research and management to arms control, nonproliferation, and treaty verification, and to transparency measures aimed at furthering international stability. The division focuses on the following technical areas of interest:

  • Threat identification
  • Verification technologies
  • Information barriers
  • Forensic technologies
  • Detection technologies
  • Assessment tools and approaches
  • Policy initiatives

Nuclear Security and Physical Protection Division

The Division promotes the advancement and implementation of technology and systems for the physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities. The Division is the focal point for information and activities related to the physical protection of nuclear materials, nuclear facilities, and other high value assets and facilities. The Chair of this Division Interfaces on technical matters with the World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS) and the IAEA Nuclear Security Division. The Technical Division is dedicated to the advancement of responsible integrated physical protection of nuclear materials around the world and addresses not only the primary physical security areas of detection, delay, response, vulnerability analysis and the technologies that support them, but a wide variety of other disciplines and responsibilities. 

The NS&PP Division strives to provide the members with information in the following emphasis areas through technical sessions and focused workshops:

  • Nuclear security infrastructure protection
  • International, multinational, and bilateral nuclear security initiatives
  • Countering nuclear terrorism by non-state actors
  • Planning, Development and Evaluation of IAEA Nuclear Security Culture Guide
  • Security-By Design (combining security measures into facility design)
  • Information Technology Integration with physical protection (PP) Systems
  • Detection Technologies
  • Delay Barriers
  • Integration of guard force operations
  • Design Basis Threat Analysis
  • Advanced PP systems and technology Research and Development (R&D)
  • Vulnerability Assessment Methodologies & Modeling
  • Performance Assurance & Testing

Packaging, Transportation and Disposition Division

 

The Packaging, Transportation and Disposition Division promotes the advancement of technology involved in the packaging, transportation and waste management of radioactive materials and its successful application to solve packaging, transportation and waste management problems around the world. This includes the packaging, transportation, storage, handling, processing, and disposal of all levels of radioactive sources, all forms of source and special nuclear materials, spent nuclear fuel, materials containing induced radioactivity, all levels of radioactive waste and contaminated materials. 

The Division Chair is also responsible for:
1.    Sponsoring and acting as secretariat for the American National Standards Institute’s Methods of Nuclear Materials Control (N-14) Technical committee
2.    Managing and operating the premiere international transportation and packaging conference, PATRAM, when it is held in the U.S. When the conference is held outside the U.S., INMM and the Packaging, Transportation and Disposition Division will provide sponsorship and support to the host country.

Activities of the Division include disseminating information on nuclear materials packaging, storage, and transportation through meetings that provide a forum for personal exchanges of technical and programmatic information, issuance of publications and other appropriate methods; promoting education and training in the technology of nuclear materials packaging, storage, and transportation; and, promoting the improvement of public understanding of nuclear materials packaging, storage, and transportation.


ANSI INMM N-14 Standards Subcommittee 

The Subcommittee Chair coordinates N14 activities with ANSI and is the principal INMM contact with ANSI. The scope of the subcommittee is standards for the packaging and transportation of fissile and radioactive materials, non-nuclear hazardous materials including waste and mixed materials but not including movement or handling during processing and manufacturing operations. 

The Technical Committee Chair ensures that:
1.    INMM meets ANSI Secretariat requirements
2.    The development and maintenance of standards are in accordance with the approved scope and ANSI procedures
3.    The operation and performance of N14 are in accordance with ANSI procedures and instructions.
4.    Development of international standards is coordinated with the N14 Chair