Sukesh Aghara, Ph.D.

Sukesh Aghara, Chemical Engineering (Nuclear), Integrated Nuclear Security & Safeguards Laboratory, Security Studies

Associate Professor, Program Director - NEET, Director INSSL

Research Interest

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Management, Space Radiation, Radiation Detector Development & Applications, Nuclear Analytical Methods

Educational Background

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
B.Eng. Environmental Engineering, L.D. College of Engineering, Gujarat, India


Prof. Sukesh Aghara is an Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering program at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a NASA Administrator’s Fellow, NASA Langley Research Laboratory. He serves as the Director of Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory (INSSL) and is the Nuclear Security Fellow with Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS). He Co-Chair the University Radiation Safety Committee and serves on the reactor safety committee. Prof. Aghara serves as a subject matter expert on nuclear security and safeguards topics - Insider Threat, Nuclear Materials Accounting and Control and Detection of Radiological Material outside of regulatory control, Nuclear Security Culture - at international conferences, workshops and Professional Development Courses (PDC) in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Vienna and Czech Republic. Prof. Aghara uses experimental and computational tools to understand the mechanisms of radiation interactions with matter. His research focuses on characterization of secondary radiation fields; detailed isotope inventory quantification of reactor fuel for safeguards; and detector response characterization for nuclear security and safeguards applications. His teaching interests are: radiation protection and shielding, nuclear security and safeguards, and nuclear fuel cycle management.