Professor, University of Michigan
Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Engineering
Consortium Director, Consortium for Verification Technology
Consortium Director, Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification
M.S. Nuclear Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, 1997
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, 2001
Professor Sara Pozzi earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy in 1997 and 2001, respectively. She is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and a Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan (UM). Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and national security programs. Prior to her positions at UM, she was a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2002 to 2007.
Professor Pozzi is the founding Director of the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT) 2014-2019 and the Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) 2019-2024, two large consortia of multiple universities and national laboratories working together to develop new technologies needed for nuclear treaty verification. In this capacity, she directs the work of 25 faculty members and over 250 students engaged in research projects within the consortium.
Professor Pozzi’s research interests include the study of nuclear fission and radiation imaging for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization. The overarching topics include nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and national security. In her fission work, she and her students study the neutron and gamma ray emissions from induced and spontaneous fission, including their energy and angle correlations. In her imaging work, she leads the development of a neutron and gamma ray radiation imager to locate and characterize plutonium. She led many experimental efforts for measurements of uranium and plutonium at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Nevada Nuclear Security Site.
Professor Pozzi is the co-author of the Monte Carlo code MCNPX-PoliMi, which is being used at over 50 institutions world-wide. Her publication record includes over 400 papers in journals and international conference proceedings. She was invited to give over 100 seminars, both nationally and internationally. She has graduated 25 Ph. D. students who went on to develop successful careers at the national laboratories, academia, industry, and government.
In 2018, Professor Pozzi was named the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the UM College of Engineering. In this capacity, she leads initiatives to ensure that the students, faculty, and staff are increasingly diverse, everyone is treated equitably, and everyone feels included.
She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Early Career Award, 2006 Department of Energy, Office of Science, Outstanding Mentor Award, 2012 INMM Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award, 2017 IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, 2018 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, and 2021 American Nuclear Society Gail De Planque Award. She is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and the IEEE.
Associate Research Scientist
M.S. Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, USA, 2005
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, USA, 2007
Dr. Clarke received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 2007. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where he is currently an Assistant Research Scientist and the Assistant Director of the Consortium for Verification Technology. Dr. Clarke has more than 10 years of experience performing radiation detection measurements and Monte Carlo modeling. He has organized and performed numerous experimental campaigns involving measurements of special nuclear material with organic scintillation detectors and state-of-art digital electronics. His current interests are active interrogation systems for nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and treaty verification applications. Dr. Clarke is author or coauthor of more than 120 papers in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Oskari Pakari
Ph.D. Physics, EPFL, Switzerland, 2020
M.Sc. Nuclear Engineering 2016, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2016
Oskari is a postdoc at the DNNG since March 2022. His graduate research revolved around neutron and gamma noise measurements in research reactors. During a short postdoctoral appointment at EPFL he worked on a new type neutron cross section experiments using activation dosimetry. Before joining DNNG he spent a year at the dosimetry lab at Paul Scherrer Institute studying emergency dosimeters and the fundamental luminescence properties of common dosimetric materials.
Current research interests: Nuclear security, Nuclear data, Multiplicity counting
Ms. Courtney Wagoner
Courtney Wagoner is the project manager for the MTV effort. She has over 15 years in communication and administrative experience with higher education and nonprofits, allowing her to provide vital support to the consortium. Wagoner holds a BA in Communication, and she earned a Master’s in Organization Development. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she worked in the CFO’s office at Bowling Green State University.
John Rodriquez, Jr. brings several years experience as a Research Administrator at the university setting. He completed his Political Science degree at UCLA and later joined their Office of Sponsored Research staff as an Administrative Assistant and eventually as a Fund Manager. Before joining our project, John was at Michigan State University as a Grants Associate.
Dr. Patricia Schuster
President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, 2016
M.S. Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, 2013
Professor Angela Di Fulvio
Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering at University of Pisa, Italy, 2011
M.S. Biomedical Engineering at University of Pisa, Italy, 2007
Professor Marek Flaska
Assistant Professor at Penn State University
Ph.D. Delft University of Technology, 2006
M.S. Nuclear Engineering at Slovak Technical University
Professor Andreas Enqvist
Assistant Professor at the University of Florida
Ph.D. Nuclear Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, 2010
M.S. Physics at Goteborg University, 2005