Facilities Alumni

While the radiation facilties has assisted numerous alumni with their research since its inception, a few of the more recent graduates are listed here:

Slavica Grdanovska, PhD 2015

Advisors: Professor Robert Briber and Professor Timothy Koeth
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Grdanovska completed her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from UMD in December 2015 with her dissertation "Characterization of a Novel Photonic Crystal Sensor to Monitor Radiation-Induced Damage of Nuclear Fuel Materials." She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame working on physical characterization of irradiated metals under Professor David Bartels. 

Chanel Tissot, PhD 2014

Advisor: Professor Robert Briber
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Dr. Tissot completed her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from UMD in November 2014 with her dissertation "Radiation-Grafted Fabrics for the Extraction of Uranium from Seawater". She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration investigating the affects of radiation sterilization on polymeric medical devices. Her research areas emphasize non-power applications of nuclear and radiation technology such as radiation sterilization, radiation modification of polymers (crosslinking, grafting and degradation), activation analysis and the use of radioisotope tracers.

Ian Gifford, PhD 2013

Advisor: Professor Mohammad Al-Sheikhly
Current Position: Reliability and Risk Engineer, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Dr. Gifford completed his PhD in Bioengineering in 2013 with his dissertation entitled, "Boron Neutron Capture Therapy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer Using a Boron Containing Cholesteryl Ester Compound." His research made use of the thermal column experimental facility of the reactor in order to evaluate new methods of increasing directed boron uptake in cancer cells.  During and following his tenure as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Dr. Gifford worked as the Reactor Operations Supervisor and Senior Reactor Operator at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI). He has since moved on to his new position at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as of 2015. 

Amy Beasten, PhD 2013

Advisor: Professor Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Current Position: Reactor Technical Reviewer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Dr. Beasten graduated in August, 2013 with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, her thesis was titled "Neutron Detection by Noble-Gas Excimer Scintillation." She currently works at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Reactor Technical Reviewer in the Office of New Reactors (NRO) with the title General Engineer, NSPDP.  Her division works with site safety and environmental analysis, and she is/willl be performing reviews of Chapter 2 of applications (Site Characteristics and Site Parameters).  Specifically, this includes generic site description, exclusion area, population distribution and density, and vicinity hazards.

Jake McComb, PhD 2012

Advisor: Professor Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Current Position: Nuclear Engineer, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Dr. McComb is currently a nuclear engineer in the Nuclear Weapon Programs group at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, a federal agency that performs nuclear safety oversight at Department of Energy defense nuclear facilities. In his current position, he specializes in criticality safety, nuclear explosives safety, and safety basis review. Dr. McComb received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Maryland in December 2012. For his dissertation research, Dr. McComb characterized noble gas excimer scintillation following boron-neutron capture in thin films as a means of neutron detection. He has performed research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His other research includes neutron generator moderator design, isotope tagging, and neutron cross-section measurement.

Cameron Goodwin, PhD 2012

Advisor: Professor Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Current Position: Director, Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center

Dr. Goodwin is currently the Director for the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center. Prior to that position she worked for 6 years at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). While at the NRC, she worked in the Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, serving as Project Manager for several operating plants, as well as the Division of Advanced Reactors and Rulemaking, where she worked on SMR licensing and non-lightwater technologies. She earned her PhD in Nuclear Engineering while working for the NRC in an effort to advance the NRC’s knowledge of advanced reactors. She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the United States Naval Academy and served five years of active duty after graduation as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer.