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.


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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/

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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/

Consortium for Nuclear Forensics

Consortium for Nuclear Forensics

The Consortium for Nuclear Forensics (CNF) led by the University of Florida and consisting of 16 universities (including 4 MSIs) and 7 National Laboratories (NLs) is providing the research, development, and human capital needed to create and develop new scientific discoveries, technologies, and capabilities in support of NNSA's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) Office as related to nuclear forensics. The team is addressing the gaps and challenges within important research fields in nuclear forensics that include Rapid Turnaround Forensics, Advanced Analytical Methods, Ultrasensitive Measurements, Signature Discovery, and Prompt Effects and Measurements. The consortium is taking advantage of the team’s expertise in radiochemistry, geochemistry, analytical chemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear material science, shock physics, quantum-enabled sensing, high performance computing (HPC)/data science, and training/education. The CNF has a cross-cutting area (CCA) focused on HPC and Data Science, which will facilitate HPC and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven capabilities to accelerate solutions to scientific challenges in nuclear forensics.

More information on the CNF can be found at: https://cnf.eng.ufl.edu/

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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/.

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