Undergraduate Students

Current Students

Katie Ballard

Ms. Katie Ballard

Katie Ballard is a sophomore studying Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. She began research in July 2019, and currently does research through the Consortium for Monitoring Technology and Verification as an undergraduate fellow. Her work focuses on detection analysis using Pulse Shape Discrimination (PSD) including the simulation of PSD to address systematic errors in experiment.


Andrew Panter

Mr. Andrew Panter

Andrew Panter is a junior studying Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. He began his research in May 2020 as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program. His work focuses on neutron detection techniques in photon active interrogation scenarios to prevent illicit transportation of SNM. He has conducted research on neutron activation analysis to provide benchmark neutron fluxes from SNM targets and is currently constructing shielded cargo setups to test the practical sensitivity of the DNNG-developed particle classification ANN system.


Tessa Maurer

Ms. Tessa Maurer

Tessa Maurer is an undergraduate in her senior year at the University of Michigan in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to continue onto graduate school in nuclear engineering. Ultimately, she aims to have a career in the public policy sector using a technical background as a base. Her current research interests include machine learning strategies for nonproliferation applications in active interrogation and material detections.


James Baker

Mr. James Baker

James is a sophomore studying nuclear engineering. He has been with the DNNG group since the beginning of 2021 with goals of expanding his knowledge base and becoming well versed in nuclear nonproliferation. His work focuses on angular momentum production in neutron induced fission of Pu-239, which includes experiment and simulation analysis.


Jonathan Giha

Mr. Jonathan Giha

Jonathan Giha is a sophomore studying Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He started researching in May 2021 as part of the Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, & Verification’s Undergraduate Fellowship Program. His work thus far has mainly focused on detector light output analysis and unfolding.


Past Members

Ruby Araj

Ms. Ruby Araj

Ruby Araj studied Nuclear Engineering and minored in Computer Science. She studied the dependence of light output and pulse shape in stilbene on radiation interactions from a fission source. She started working with the group in 2017 as a SURE student with Dr. Patricia Schuster.


Aditi Rajadhyaksha

Ms. Aditi Rajadhyaksha

Aditi Rajadhyaksha studied Computer Science. She worked on the temperature dependence of the organic scintillator in stilbene project with Dr. Patricia Schuster.


Dietrich Klemm

Mr. Dietrich Klemm

Dietrich Klemm studied Aerospace Engineering. He started working with DNNG as a freshman through the UROP program, and assisted with the optimization and development of a dual-particle imaging system.


Emily King

Ms. Emily King

Emily King started working with the group in 2014 as a UROP student and worked on  developing a better double pulse rejection technique for pulse shape discrimination purposes in the summer of 2015. She is a recipient of a CVT Undergraduate Fellowship.