The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) is a joint center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas A&M University.
NPI is developing the human resources and preparing the workforce for the nuclear industry around the world. NPI meets these vital workforce needs through a broad partnership with: industry; two-year community and technical colleges; four-year universities; high schools; middle schools; teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); state government; federal and international agencies; and elected and civic leaders. Since its creation in 2007, NPI has become internationally recognized as a leader in developing and maintaining the human resource infrastructure necessary for the nuclear industry.
The NPI Model
NPI’s programs begin with outreach to public school students and teachers to encourage interest in STEM fields, including careers in the nuclear industry. To prepare students for these careers, NPI supports colleges and universities in developing and implementing new programs that take into consideration the needs of the nuclear industry. Both engineering students and professionals can gain better understanding of nuclear power plant technologies through NPI’s online certificate program. NPI also provides career guidance and help with job placement for students seeking careers in the nuclear industry.
NPI is recognized by government leaders in the U.S. and internationally for including a wide range of stakeholders and decision makers in developing and implementing its programs to ensure that they meet both industry and public needs. NPI programs have become the model for human capacity development for the nuclear industry in other states and around the world.
NPI is an officially-recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and, in 2011, NPI was granted Observer Status by the IAEA’s Board of Governors, enabling the Institute to participate in the annual General Conference, other IAEA meetings, and a wide range of IAEA technical cooperation activities. In 2010, a “Practical Arrangement” was signed with the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Energy, which facilitated NPI’s contribution to Agency activities in the area of nuclear power, including: the promotion of nuclear knowledge management; the development of nuclear education materials; and training in capacity building for “newcomer countries.” An additional Practical Arrangement signed in 2014 supports joint outreach activities to encourage women to pursue education in nuclear science, engineering, and technology.