ACT Award "Proliferating Knowledge, Not Weapons"

This summer, I attended the Nonproliferation and International Safeguards Summer Course at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, thanks to the Caltech Y Advocating for Change Together (ACT) Award. It was an intense learning experience and a first step for me in the nuclear energy world.

I entered the program thinking that safeguards were all about keeping radioactive material safe from theft or ensuring that nuclear material doesn’t leak into the surrounding environment. In reality, safeguards are recognized internationally as nonproliferation efforts aimed at preventing states which do not already have a nuclear weapon from diverting material from a civilian nuclear energy program to make one.