This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Print Page | Contact Us | Report Abuse | Sign In | Join
INMM Communicator November 2017
Share |

In this issue

Inside Insights

By Cary Crawford
INMM Vice President

Another Palm Desert INMM has come and gone. While this year’s INMM realized slightly lower attendance than in the past, it was offset with a level of enthusiasm and innovative talks beyond what we’ve seen in previous years. Further, discussions and interactions since the annual meeting indicate that there is a renewed excitement and support for the Institute and the annual meeting. Thanks to Teressa McKinney and other INMM leadership, we were able to line up yet another distinguished panel for the Opening Plenary that included Stephan Lechner from the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, Ambassador Laura Holgate, former U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the IAEA, and Stephanie Cooke, editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly. These speakers were able to help frame our discussion of the broader technical, commercial, and international policy issues that will continue to affect the work we all pursue in the nuclear materials management profession. We then ended the annual meeting with Bryan Lee, Director of the Eurasion Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and two of his students, Tracy Lyon and Ryan Genzoli. These speakers delivered an engaging presentation on “Using Open Source Information to Identify Nuclear-related Activities". Not only was this a very engaging closing plenary session, but it was one of the best attended in many years, capping off the annual meeting with a sense of excitement.

I would like to also congratulate, again, the latest student chapters that have joined the INMM family this year. The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Amity University in India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Please extend to them a welcome and I hope we have many years of strong collaboration from these universities. It’s encouraging to see such an influx of next-generation professionals engaging in nuclear materials management disciplines. Further, I would like to congratulate the California, USA professional chapter and the Mercyhurst College student chapter on celebrating their 10-year anniversaries this year. Finally, a hearty congratulations should be extended to the Japan Chapter for celebrating its 40-year anniversary 2017. While many chapters have had their ups and downs relative to membership and participation, the Japan Chapter has proven to been consistently active, serving as a model for INMM. Andreas Enqvist had the distinction of being awarded the Early Career Award. Obie Amacker and Martin Swinhoe received the Vincent J DeVito Distinguished Service Award for their long-standing noteworthy service to the nuclear materials management profession. Nancy Jo Nicholas and D. L. Whaley received the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award for their long-term noteworthy service to the nuclear materials management profession and dedicated support to the INMM.  Finally, Jill Cooley and Ken Sanders were recognized for their service as members-at-large of the Executive Committee with their terms ending September 30, 2017. If you get the opportunity, please congratulate all of these members for their service and contribution to the Institute and the profession.

While we are recognizing our Chapters, we should also stop and recognize others who received awards and recognition this year. Our newest senior members of the Institute are Glenn Abramczyk, Cynthia Heinberg, Tomonori Iwamoto, Willem Janssens, Igor Jovanovic, Bradley Loftin, Irmgard Niemeyer, Jacqueline Shipwash, and Harold Wheat. Teressa McKinney and Markku Koskelo were awarded the status of Fellows of the INMM after many years of strong contributions not only to the INMM, but also to the field of nuclear materials management.

A notable addition to the annual meeting this year was the integration of the meeting with a mobile app. We were introduced to the Whova app this year, allowing attendees to connect, comment, coordinate social functions, and exchange business cards online. In addition, Twitter was actively utilized with the hashtag #INMM2017 and by following @INMMTweets. We even saw an impromptu water volleyball game arise through these interactions.
I would like to thank the participants for another successful annual meeting and encourage you to begin making plans now for the next annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 22-26, 2018. Details can be found at our newly designed, more functional website at Please take the time to explore our updated website and begin making plans to attend the annual meeting. Any thoughts or suggestions regarding activities or special topics are always welcomed and it’s never too late to begin planning. We’d love to hear from you.


INMM Leadership Changes

The INMM welcomes Michael Baker and Teri Leffer as new members-at-large on the INMM Executive Committee, filling vacancies left by Jill Cooley and Kenneth Sanders when they completed their two-year terms September 30. In addition, Joe Rivers has been named Nuclear Security & Physical Protection Technical Division chair, replacing Tom Bonner. The INMM would like to thank Jill, Kenneth, and Tom for their many years of service. Here’s more information on the new leaders:
Michael Baker
Michael Baker became a member of the Institute in 1997 and was recognized as a Senior Member in 2010. Since joining the institute, Michael has served in multiple roles, including as the MC&A Technical Division Chair and Vice-Chair, JNMM Associate Editor, Southwest Chapter Executive Board Member, MC&A Measurement Committee Chair, a member of multiple ANSI N15 working groups, and six years on the Technical Program Committee.
Michael has been with Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years and in that time has worked in domestic and international nuclear safeguards, the transuranic waste program, and nuclear security. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and physics, master’s degrees in both nuclear engineering and medical physics, and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is licensed as a professional engineer in Wisconsin.
Teri Leffer
Teri Leffer is a foreign affairs specialist in the Strategic Planning and Integration Group within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Since 1995, Teri has worked with DOE and later NNSA on programs to secure weapons-usable nuclear materials around the globe and to combat the trafficking of special nuclear and other radioactive materials. She is the former director of the joint U.S.-Russian Federation nuclear materials security project at the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, Russia, and also served briefly as acting director of the Department of Energy’s Moscow office.
Teri holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She is the recipient of the Department of Energy’s Meritorious Service Award (1997) and the Secretary of Energy’s Honor Award (2009).
Joe Rivers
Joe Rivers has over 30 years of experience in nuclear safeguards and security. Currently he serves as the lead technical expert for the development of security policy for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a post he has held since 2006. Specifically he is the lead for issues related to improvised nuclear devices and risk informing security. In addition, he heads a major NRC effort to dramatically change the way special nuclear material is categorized at the NRC and chairs an NRC Working Group to develop approaches to implement both the protection against adversaries using drones/unmanned aerial vehicles and their use in protecting nuclear facilities. Joe is also a Deputy Team Manager in the NRC Operations Center.
Joe received a B.S. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1977, followed by graduate studies in statistics at Pennsylvania State University.

INMM's Youngest Attendees: The Babies of Safeguards

By Katherine Bachner

Not all babies are fortunate enough to attend an INMM Annual Meeting. This year saw a number of extremely over-achieving (i.e., still in infancy) potential next generation nuclear materials management professionals in attendance, along with their direct reports (i.e., their parents). It is highly notable that our field is so welcoming to mothers, fathers, babies, and families. The first time that I brought my older daughter, now almost three, to an annual meeting in 2015, I must admit that I was nervous. Would people judge my professional commitment? Would people cast aspersions on how seriously I took my job? I was thrilled to find, then and now, that the INMM community was not only supportive of my decision to bring my infant with me on work trips and to INMM, but understanding of my reasons for doing so and excited by the fact that the trend of parents feeling obliged to stay home, or leave their babies at home, was changing. INMM colleagues have been genuinely happy to see that young families are now trying, more than ever, to blend their professional and family lives. After all, most of us are in this field to make the world a better, safer place for all, but for no one more than those small people most important to us. Having the support of INMM colleagues redoubled my already robust commitment to our professional cause, and my already strong pride and excitement about being in this field. INMM is among the vanguard of professional organizations not forcing mothers and fathers to make a hard choice between work and family, and is a model for other organizations.
So cheers, INMM leadership and members, for exhibiting truly inspiring values, and for making everyone feel welcome – even the smallest among us.

Session Summary: 20 Years After the Adoption of the Additional Protocol 

Organizer: Susan Pepper
Moderator: Jill Cooley
Panelists: Marco Marzo, Jim Larrimore, Olli Heinonen, Laura Rockwood

This past May marked the 20th anniversary of the approval of the Model Additional Protocol by the IAEA’s Board of Governors. This legal safeguards instrument provides the IAEA with complementary legal authority and important additional measures that provide for broader access to information and locations in a State that has brought an additional protocol (AP) into force. The implementation of an AP significantly increases the IAEA’s ability to verify the correctness and completeness of a State’s declarations and confirm the peaceful use of all nuclear material in a State with a comprehensive safeguards agreement (CSA).

The purpose of this session was (i) to discuss the pivotal events in the early 1990s that sparked the international community to work closely with the IAEA to strengthen the safeguards system, (ii) to discuss how implementation of the AP has progressed in the 20 years since its adoption, and (iii) to introduce young professionals (and remind the seasoned professionals) of the people who made it happen.

The session was moderated by Jill Cooley and had four panelists: Olli Heinonen, Jim Larrimore, Laura Rockwood, and Marco Marzo. To facilitate the discussion, we used a series of short video clips taken from the Foundations in International Safeguards series that was sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration and produced by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory over the period of 2005-2009. The video clips featured comments by Richard Hooper, Laura Rockwood, and Jacques Baute on topics related to their areas of expertise. After each video clip, Ms. Cooley posed follow-up questions to the panelists that enabled a discussion of the events leading up to and following the adoption of the AP and how the AP influenced the evolution of international safeguards in the years following its adoption. The audience also had the opportunity to pose questions to the panel. The session ended with a fourth video clip featuring Dimitri Perricos, who unfortunately passed away in 2016, but who is remembered by many in the safeguards community as a dear friend and contributor to strengthened safeguards.

During the session, the panelists shared their knowledge and personal experiences from the 1990s and early 2000s to help us remember the level of effort and intensity of the negotiations – over a relatively short time period – that resulted in the Model Additional Protocol’s approval by the Board of Governors and the unexpected challenges that arose as the IAEA negotiated APs with its member states and began to exercise its new legal authority. The historical perspective and the personal anecdotes shared by the panelists provided a rare opportunity to those who were not involved to get the inside story on a pivotal period of safeguards history.

Promoting Safeguards by Design: IAEA Nuclear Energy Series

By Brian Boyer, IAEA

The IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, in conjunction with the IAEA Department of Safeguards, is producing a series of short booklets describing the process of incorporating safeguards in the design of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. The first of these documents was International Safeguards in Nuclear Facility Design and Construction, published in 2013 as an introduction to safeguards concepts in design. The second of these documents was International Safeguards in the Design of Nuclear Reactors, published in 2014. Now, in 2017, the latest booklet International Safeguards in the Design of Fuel Fabrication Plants is fresh off the press. This booklet is principally intended for designers and operators of nuclear fuel fabrication facilities. The IAEA desires that vendors, state authorities, and investors may also benefit from the information provided. This guidance is an introduction to safeguards in design with more detailed information on IAEA safeguards implementation available in the Guidance for States Implementing Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements and Additional Protocols (IAEA Services Series No. 21, May 2016) and other publications in that series. The next booklet International Safeguards in the Design of Uranium Conversion Plants is approaching the presses now with International Safeguards for Long-term Spent Fuel Management following. Later in the next year or so International Safeguards in the Design of Reprocessing Plants and International Safeguards in the Design of Enrichment Facilities will follow.

The Departments of Nuclear Energy and Safeguards are working together to foster an environment where safety, security and safeguards go hand in hand for operating successful nuclear facilities. The message is that these things are not burdens in design, construction and operation. They are key concepts that foster a milieu where safe, secure, and safeguardable facilities provide the operators and public a sense of responsibility and concern making life easier for all.

Safeguards Information Management Working Group Looking for Members

By Kim Gilligan

In 2016, the International Safeguards Technical Division launched the Safeguards Information Management (SIM) Working Group. The working group focuses on good practices as well as new concepts and approaches for data collection, processing, and creating output for the IAEA, with an objective of more efficient and effective international safeguards. This includes efforts supporting reporting and declaring under Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements, Additional Protocols, and Voluntary Offer Agreements.

During its first year, the SIM Working Group communicated via teleconference and email exchanges. Twenty-one people with diverse backgrounds attended the first working group meeting held on Sunday prior to the 2017 Annual Meeting. Members were able to make introductions, learn more details about the IAEA State Declarations Portal from the IAEA participants, and discuss pressing topics, including possibly coordinating a 2018 topical meeting in Europe. The WG also organized a technical session during the annual meeting on Wednesday July 19, Concurrent Session V.B (After Break): International Safeguards: International Nuclear Materials Reporting. At this year’s INMM meeting Jennifer Sample of CNSC stepped down as co-chair of the working group and Gary Hirsh of ORNL agreed to take on her responsibilities.

If you would like to learn more or join the working group, please contact Kim Gilligan (

Get to Know the New INMM Staff

The INMM changed management companies on October 1, and you can now find the INMM headquarters staff in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  Here’s some background on your new staff:

Lacy Lee Baker, Executive Director
Lacy Lee Baker has been an association professional for 21 years, and previously worked in athletics administration and publishing at Stanford University, San Diego State University and Truman State University. In addition, she served as editor of the daily program of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, followed by seven years at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the championships and publishing departments.  A Mississippi native, she holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Delta State University. As INMM executive director, Baker works primarily with the INMM Executive Committee.

Deanna Bright, Director of Membership
Deanna Bright has been in association management since January 2003, serving with various associations in membership, program management and committee liaison roles. Working with 20+ academic, scientific, medical, entrepreneurial and trade associations during her tenure, she has gained experience in most aspects of association work.  With the INMM, Deanna oversees membership, chapter relations and awards, and also assists in other INMM projects.

Sarah Black, Director of Editorial Services
Sarah Black is a Senior Manager of MarCom and Editorial Services for Association Headquarters, INMM’s association management company. She has worked in association publishing for the five years of her nearly 15-year publishing career, specializing in project management, content strategy, and digital and print publishing. Sarah also has extensive professional experience in scientific and technical publishing. Sarah has a master's degree in publishing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin.

Kattie Krewer, Director of Marketing
Kattie Krewer, INMM’s Director of Marketing, has a background in both membership and event marketing. She specializes in digital marketing with a strong focus on email, social media and strategic messaging. With a BA in public relations, Kattie understands that all aspects of communications and marketing are intertwined and the importance of executing a fully integrated marketing strategy.