Jasmina Vujic, NSSC Program Director
Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering
4105 Etcheverry Hall MC 1730
Berkeley, CA 94720-1730
Jasmina Vujic is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, and Program Director of the NSSC. Her research focus includes Neutronics Analysis of Fissile Material Behavior in Geologic Repositorie, Computer Modeling for Radiation Diagnostic and Cancer Therapy, Development of Multiprocessor Multiassembly Neutron Transport Theory Code, Development and Validation of the GT-SCALE Code Package for Advanced Rector Core Design, and the Development of a Unified Multidimensional Computational Method for Neutral Particle in Complex Non-Uniform Domains.
Karl van Bibber, NSSC Executive Director
Professor and Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Karl van Bibber is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, and Executive Director of the NSSC. His research interests encompass experimental nuclear physics, accelerator technology and particle astrophysics. Activities of his group in the NSSC in the coming year will include design of a large antineutrino detector for reactor monitoring, commissioning and operation of a DD neutron generator for nuclear data, and nuclear physics at the National Ignition Facility.
Michael Thoennessen is Professor of Physics and Associate Director for Education at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Professor Thoennessen’ s research interests are in the study of the limits of atomic nuclei and how many or how few neutrons or protons a nucleus can hold. His research group performs experiments by producing nuclei beyond the limits and exploring how these “resonant” states decay. From this they are able to better understand the nuclear forces that determine nuclear binding. A key component is the detection of neutrons at energies from 20 to 200 MeV. They perform modeling and detector developments aimed at extracting detailed information from only a small number of atoms. These same techniques are relevant for neutron detection for security applications. Professor Thoennessen is also actively involved in the promotion of education and diversity in nuclear science.
Kai Vetter, NSSC Liaison to NNSA
Office: 4171 Etcheverry Hall
Phone: (510) 643-2065
Fax: (510) 664-9078
Professor Vetter teaches the core NE104 course, “Radiation Detection and Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory” which combines lectures and laboratory work to teach the basic concepts, implementations, and operations in radiation detection. In addition, he teaches NE107, “Introduction to Imaging”, an introduction to medical imaging physics and systems, including X-ray radiography and Computed Tomography (CT), radionuclide imaging (planar imaging as well as Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Examples of advanced concepts that are being discussed are the recently developed phase-contrast X-ray imaging and hyper-polarization MRI In Fall 2011 Professor Vetter introduced the new graduate level course NE204, “Advanced Concepts Concepts in Radiation Detection”. This course also combines lectures and experiments, however, focuses on advanced concepts in radiation detection ranging from basic and advanced digital filters for signal proceissing in semiconductor and scintillator detectors to radiation imaging. Gamma-ray imaging concepts based on pinhole, parallel-hole, and coded aperture collimators as well as Compton imaging are being demonstrated employing 3D postion sensitive segmented germanium detectors. Neutron imaging is explored based on the neutron scatter camera concept employing an array of liquid scintillators.
Jason Hayward UCOR Fellow, is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Hayward holds joint faculty appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the joint UTK-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research. He also serves as a Deputy Executive Director for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. Hayward is the recipient of a DOE Science CAREER award. ASEE has also recognized him with a New Faculty Research Award and as a ‘faculty under forty’ highlight. At UTK, he’s the recipient of a University Citation for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement and a four time recipient of research awards in the College of Engineering. Hayward is an IEEE Senior Member and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. He holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. Prior to his time in academia, Hayward served as a U.S. Naval Officer for eight years. Hayward’s current research focus is sensor and system development for radiation imaging, as well as algorithms for improved, quantitative analysis of the generated data
Lee Bernstein, Director for Laboratories
Adjunct Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Lee Bernstein is a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He leads the Data Evaluation for Applied Nuclear Science (DEANS) project at UC-Berkeley as a part of the US Nuclear Data Program and is an advisor to the Nuclear Data Services Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Dr. Bernstein’s research covers a wide range of nuclear and plasma physics including: Statistical properties of nuclear matter, nuclear physics in high energy density plasmas, neutron-induced reaction cross section measurements, and surrogate nuclear reactions.
Dr. Bethany L. Goldblum, NSSC Scientific Director
Member, Department of Nuclear Engineering
2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 230
Berkeley, CA 94720-1730
Dr. Bethany L. Goldblum is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Founder and Director of the Nuclear Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students focused on developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security. She also serves as Director of Education for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a $25M grant established by the National Nuclear Security Administration to train the next generation of nuclear security experts, and Director of the 2014 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp. Goldblum received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. She served as a Clare Boothe Luce Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley before joining the nuclear engineering faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August 2010. In January 2012, she returned to Berkeley as a member of the research faculty. Her research interests are in the areas of fundamental nuclear physics for nuclear security applications, nuclear-plasma interactions, scintillator characterization, and nuclear energy and weapons policy. Goldblum maintains active collaborations with the United States Department of Energy national laboratories and is an affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratory. She is author or co-author of over 45 scientific publications and presentations.