Master’s Students

Mr. Tyler Beames-Canivet

Master’s Student

B.Sc. Engineering Physics at Queen’s University, CA, 2015

Research Projects: Dual-Particle Imager


Alumni

 Mr. Steve Ward

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2014

B.S. in Mathematics at University of Utah, USA, 2007

Steve joined DNNG in January 2014 after 6 years in the workforce. He worked as a Material Control & Accounting (MC&A) Engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Rockville, Maryland for 5 years. Subsequently, he work for Entergy Operations, Inc., as a Senior Licensing Specialist at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Additionally, Steve has interned at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in what was then known as N Division, working on enrichment plant safeguards.

Steve is Chair of Education and Training for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management; a Member-at-Large for the American Nuclear Society’s Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division; and on the Professional Development and Communications Committees for the North American Young Generation in Nuclear. He is the author of over 50 conference papers on nuclear security, safeguards, MC&A, regulation, and infrastructure development. Currently, Steve is working on analyzing neutron and gamma correlations in fission.

Mr. Brian Wieger

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2013

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2011

Brian is a master’s student pursuing his degree at the University of Michigan. He joined the team in May 2010, focusing his work on modeling the FIGARO setup at LANL.

Ms. Alicia Salazar

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2014

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Minor in Nuclear Energy at New Mexico State University, USA, 2012

Alicia joined DNNG in June 2012 after completing her undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University. She spent four summers and winter breaks interning at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where her experiences ranged from semiconductor photovoltaic materials studies to inert matrix fuel for spent nuclear fuel material analysis. The latter work sparked her interest in nuclear detection for nonproliferation. Alicia is a recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship.

Mr. William John Walsh

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2010

William finished his master’s in nuclear engineering in 2010. He has worked in several labs at the University of Michigan during his undergraduate career including the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory and the Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory. Currently, he is working with Professor Pozzi in the Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group on analyzing nuclear resonance fluorescence as a technique for active interrogation of special nuclear materials.

Mr. Kiyotaka Ide

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2012

B.S.E. Applied Chemistry at the National Defense Academy, Japan, 2007

Kiyotaka is currently in graduate school working on his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. He is a military officer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and sponsored by the JGSDF.

Mr. Kyle Weinfurther

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2012

Kyle is a master’s student at the University of Michigan and is projected to graduate in the spring of 2012. He joined the team in May 2010 to perform Monte Carlo simulations using liquid scintillators.

Mr. Jack Linkous

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2012

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2011

Jack is a master’s student pursuing his degree at the University of Michigan. He joined the group in January 2011 working on pulse shape discrimination and other post processing algorithms.

Mr. Scott D. Ambers

Research & Development Engineer, University of California-Berkeley in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at The University of Michigan, USA, 2009

Mr. Ambers finished his master’s in nuclear engineering in December 2009. His research focused on the implementation of pulse shape discrimination for use with liquid scintillation detectors. He is currently employed by UC-Berkeley working on simulation and data analysis of Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF) for safeguards applications.

Mr. Ben A Maestas

Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2009

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico (UNM), USA, 2008

Ben is a technical staff member at Sandia National Labs and finished his master’s in nuclear engineering under Sandia’s Masters Fellowship Program. Ben’s experience includes a research assistantship with the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies at UNM and a technical internship at Sandia’s Nuclear Facilities in TA-V. The focus of Ben’s graduate work was techniques for the passive detection of gamma radiation at standoff distances.

Mr. Tomasz Zak

Nuclear Engineer, Westinghouse

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at The University of Michigan, USA, 2009

Tom finished his masters degree in 2009. During his undergraduate studies he worked for General Electric and focused much of his work on Monte Carlo methods and radiation safety analysis. His graduate work focused on neutron detection and source characterization through matrix inversion methods. He is currently employed by Westinghouse.