NNSA/DNN University Consortia


LLNL supports several University Consortia to help build the pipeline of talent for the next generation of nuclear national security technical experts.  The goal is to bridge the academic and Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory knowledge bases to build broader support for non proliferation research and development. 

LLNL has been actively engaged since the inception of the DNN consortia structure in 2012, contributing to the training of dozens of students so far.  LLNL’s world-class laboratory facilities and expertise provide unique opportunities for students to work at the cutting edge of national security research as part of their training. This successful collaborative enterprise has forged deep and enduring connections between LLNL and academia, and resulted numerous job opportunities at LLNL for consortium graduates.  Through ongoing student–mentor collaborations, the university consortia program is training the next generation of nuclear science and security experts to lead the nation's research endeavors across government, industry, and our national labs.


Current University Consortia

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Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities

The Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) lead by North Carolina State University includes seven partner universities and four national laboratories. Through a mix of innovative research and development (R&D) and education activities, CNEC is working to enhance national capabilities in the detection and characterization of special nuclear material (SNM) and facilitate processing SNM to enable the U.S. to meet its international nonproliferation goals, as well as to investigate the replacement of radiological sources so that they could not be misappropriated and used in dirty bombs or other deleterious uses. The Consortium conducts R&D across four thrust areas: 1) Signatures and Observables, 2) Simulation, Analysis and Modeling, 3) Data Fusion and Analytic Techniques, and 4) Replacement of Dangerous Radiological Sources.

More information on the CNEC consortium can be found at https://cnec.ncsu.edu.

Vladimir Mozin, 925-423-4492, mozin1 [at] llnl.gov
Stephan Friedrich, 925-423-1527, friedrich1 [at] llnl.gov

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Consortium for Verification Technology

The consortium for Verification Technology (CVT) ran from 2014-2019, led by the University of Michigan. CVT included 12 universities and 9 national labs, covering six thrust areas: (i) existing gaps and emerging challenges in treaty verification, (ii) fundamental data and techniques, (iii) advanced safeguards tools for accessible facilities, (iv) detection of undeclared activities and inaccessible facilities, (v) disarmament verification, and (vi) education and outreach.

More information on the CVT can be found at https://cvt.engin.umich.edu/

LLNL POC: Meghan McGarry, 925-424-2397, mcgarry7 [at] llnl.gov

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Consortium for Enabling Technologies and Innovation

The Consortium for Enabling Technologies and Innovation (ETI), led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, consists of 12 universities and 10 laboratories with a mission to direct multidisciplinary research and innovation that enable the technologies for predictive understanding of tomorrow’s needs in nuclear nonproliferation, while training the next-generation of scientists and bridging the gap between basic university research and the NNSA laboratories' mission-specific applications. The consortium is organized into three thrust areas: (i) data science, machine learning, and high-performance computing, to enable  (ii) advanced manufacturing, and (iii) nuclear detection technologies. LLNL research is broadly aligned across the spectrum of activities in the ETI consortium.

More information on the ETI consortium can be found at https://eti.gatech.edu/

LLNL POC:  Vince Lordi, 925-423-2755, lordi2 [at] llnl.gov

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Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification

The Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) is led by the University of Michigan. With 14 member universities and 13 contributing national labs, MTV encompasses a broad range of topics related to nuclear nonproliferation. MTV has three main thrust areas: fundamentals of nuclear physics, signals and source terms for nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear explosion monitoring. MTV research includes theoretical, experimental, and computational work. LLNL’s research touches on nearly every topic in MTV, including many ongoing collaborations with academic researchers.

More information on the MTV consortium can be found at https://mtv.engin.umich.edu/

LLNL POC: Meghan McGarry, 925-424-2397, mcgarry7 [at] llnl.gov

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Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) is a partnership among seven universities and six national laboratories in a collaborative effort to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. Established in 2011 with support from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NSSA) and administrated at UC Berkeley, NSSC prepares science and engineering students for careers in the nuclear nonproliferation and security field by engaging in practical research addressing a span of fundamental and applied problems. The Consortium students and professors work together with national laboratory scientists to conduct cutting-edge R&D in four focus areas (Nuclear & Particle Physics, Radiochemistry & Forensics, Nuclear Engineering, Radiation Detection) and four cross-cutting areas (Nuclear Data, Modeling & Simulation, Nuclear Security, Education). LLNL is a long-term NCCS partner with ongoing collaborations across all focus and cross-cutting topical areas.

More information on the NSSC can be found at http://nssc.berkeley.edu/.

LLNL POC: Vladimir Mozin, 925-423-4492, mozin1 [at] llnl.gov

LLNL Points of Contact

Vince Lordi (ETI)
lordi2 [at] llnl.gov
(925) 423-2755

Meghan McGarry (CVT, MTV)
mcgarry7 [at] llnl.gov
(925) 424-2397

Vladimir Mozin (NSSC, CNEC)
mozin1 [at] llnl.gov
(925) 423-4492

Scot Olivier, Program Director
olivier1 [at] llnl.gov

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Detailed project descriptions are available through the password protected link below.

Please email Lisa Felker at felker7 [at] llnl.gov to request the password needed to access the detailed project information.

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Detailed researcher information is available through the password protected link below.

Please email Lisa Felker at felker7 [at] llnl.gov to request the password needed to access the detailed researcher information.

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Lab Capabilities

LLNL offers a wide range of opportunities. The facilities listed below highlight some of the capabilities available.



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