PhD Students

Mr. Stefano Marin

Stefano Marin

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. Physics at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, 2017

Stefano graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Physics in 2017. His undergraduate research focused on quantum spin squeezing and interaction of electromagnetic fields with molecules. His graduate research interest include the physics of fission processes and the analysis of experimental data.

Projects: Nuclear fission cross-correlations and multiplicities


Mr. Christopher Meert

Christopher Meert

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, USA, 2017

Chris joined DNNG in Fall 2017. He has previous experience in commercial nuclear power as a co-op student with Dominion Resources, and has performed undergraduate research projects pertaining to radon detection and tensioned metastable fluid detectors. His current research interests include active interrogation systems, nuclear non-proliferation, and imaging devices.

Projects: Active interrogation


Ms. Noora Ba Sunbul

Noora Ba Sunbul

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, 2015

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2018

Noora received the B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2015. Her undergraduate research focused on determination of uranium concentration using different detection techniques; Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA), Gamma-ray Spectrometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). Her research focused on applying new dosimetry techniques in radiation therapy for in vivo dose measurement and monitoring.

Projects: Proton therapy and Radiation dosimetry


Mr. Abbas Johar Jinia

Ph.D. Candidate

M.S. Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, USA, 2018

Abbas graduated from Purdue University, with a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He joined the DNNG group in Fall 2018. His research at Purdue University involved transient analysis of neutrons in a sub-critical system for detection of special nuclear materials (SNM) and medical radioisotope applications. His current research interest includes neutron transient measurements in presence of high gamma fields, accelerator based active interrogation (AI) systems and neutron imaging techniques.

Projects: Active interrogation


Mr. Nathan Giha

Nathan Giha

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2019

Nathan joined DNNG in Summer 2016 as a CVT Undergraduate Research Fellow, developing custom silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) readout electronics for application in a handheld dual-particle imager. In Fall of 2019, Nathan continued with the group as a Ph.D. student. His graduate research focuses on radioxenon detection for nuclear explosion monitoring.

Projects: Nuclear Fission


Ms. Leah Clark

Leah Clark

Ph.D. Candidate

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, 2021

B.S. Physics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2019  

Leah graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in physics. She conducted research in physics for all four years of her undergrad, and spent the last two years studying low-energy nuclear physics. This exposure led her to pursue nuclear engineering in the DNNG group at Michigan. Her research interests include nuclear non-proliferation, radionuclide monitoring and science policy.

Projects: Organic glass scintillator casting, radioxenon monitoring  


Ms. Juliann Lamproe

Juliann Lamproe

Ph.D. Pre-Candidate 

B.S. Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, USA, 2020

Juliann graduated from Texas A&M University, with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and a certificate in Safety Engineering in Spring 2020. She joined the DNNG group in Fall 2020. During her undergraduate studies, she spent multiple summers working with Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is where her current research began. Her research focuses on the sensitivities associated with neutron noise measurements.

Projects: Neutron noise measurements and organic scintillator array (OSCAR)


Mr. Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Ph.D. Pre-Candidate 

B.S.E Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2020

M.S.E Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2021

Ricardo graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a B.S.E in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and then joined DNNG in the Fall of 2020 while pursuing a master’s degree. In the Fall of 2021, he continued with the DNNG group as a Ph.D. student. His current research interests include organic scintillators and nuclear safeguards. His graduate research focuses on particle imaging for nonproliferation applications.

Projects: Handheld dual particle imager


Mr. Flynn Darby

Flynn Darby

Ph. D. Pre-Candidate

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2018

M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA, 2020

Flynn joined DNNG in the Winter of 2020. He completed his masters degree with a focus on Rossi-alpha measurements analysis for subcritical, reflected assemblies. His current research focuses on applying and refining fast neutron multiplicity counting techniques to measurements of kilogram-scale subcritical assemblies.

Projects: Fast neutron multiplicity counting