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Berkeley Rad Watch Team


The effort to collect samples, prepare counting systems, analyze and report results could not be accomplished without a talented and dedicated team.


Kai Vetter, Supervising Professor

Professor-in-Residence
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of California, Berkeley
and
Program Head, Applied Nuclear Physics
Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education

  • 1995 PhD, Physics, J. W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt (Nuclear Physics)
  • 1990 M.S., Physics, J. W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt (Nuclear Physics)
  • 1987 B.S., Physics, Technical University, Darmstadt (Physics)

About

Applied nuclear physics, fundamental physics, radiation detection and measurements for applications ranging from basic sciences to biomedical imaging and homeland security.


Jasmina Vujic

Professor
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 1990 Ph.D., Nuclear Science, University of Michigan
  • 1987 M.Sc., Nuclear Science, University of Michigan
  • 1984 M.Sc., Engineering Physics, University of Belgrade
  • 1977 B.Sc., Electrical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Belgrade

About

Numerical methods in reactor physics, neutron and photon transport, reactor core design and analysis, shielding and radiation protection, biomedical application of radiation, optimization techniques for vector and parallel computers.


Bethany Goldblum

Assistant Research Engineer
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of California, Berkeley
and
Assistant Research Professor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Education

  • 2007 Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley
  • 2005 M.Sc., Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley
  • 2002 B.S./B.A., Chemistry/Mathematics, Fort Lewis College

About

Bethany's research interests are in the areas of fundamental nuclear physics for nuclear security applications, nuclear-plasma interactions, scintillator characterization, and nuclear energy and weapons policy. From 2004-2006, she held the National Science Foundation Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Fellowship. She was a Project on Nuclear Issues Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the United States delegation to the China-India-United States Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Bangalore, India. Goldblum is the founder of the Nuclear Policy Working Group at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students focused on developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security. She is author or co-author of over 45 scientific publications and presentations.


Mark Bandstra

Postdoctoral Fellow
Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education

  • 2010 Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2007 M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2003 A.B., Physics, Harvard College

About

Mark has wide ranging interests in the field of gamma radiation detection. He did his graduate work developing a gamma-ray telescope for nuclear astrophysics measurements and has subsequently worked on building and operating systems that use gamma-ray detection and imaging with contextual information to solve problems in homeland security. He has most recently worked as a postdoc in Nuclear Engineering Department at UC Berkeley and in the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Applied Nuclear Physics Group.


Keenan Thomas

Staff Specialist
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of California, Berkeley
and
Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education

  • 2011 M.S., University of South Dakota

About

Keenan is a staff specialist working on low-background projects in the Nuclear Engineering department at UC Berkeley and at the Low Background Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Much of his laboratory work involves low-background gamma spectroscopy of primordial radioisotopes or neutron activation analysis, much of which is performed upon samples of candidate construction materials for ultra-sensitive experiments. His research interests include underground nuclear and particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, low background techniques, radon, environmental monitoring, gamma spectroscopy, and radiation detection and measurement. He is advised by Prof. Norman.


Ryan Pavlovsky

RadWatch Site Admin, Graduate Student
Nuclear Engineering Department
University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 2010 B.S., Tennessee Technological University

About

Ryan Pavlovsky is a Nuclear Engineering graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in the development of novel detector readout systems with applications of FPGA and ASIC technologies for silicon CCD detectors. In the past Ryan has also developed for the Gamma-Ray Imaging Framework (GRIF), which aims to streamline data acquisition and offline/online data processing. Ryan is advised by Dr. Paul Barton and Dr. Kai Vetter.


Lauren Janney

Undergraduate student
University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 2015 B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley [anticipated]

About

Lauren is a 3rd year undergraduate in the Nuclear Engineering Department and has been helping out on this project since March 2013. Apart from RadWatch she spends her time with Berkeley's IEEE branch and enjoys the overlap between Electrical and Nuclear Engineering.


Surmayee Tetarbe

Undergraduate student
University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 2014 B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley [anticipated]

About

Surmayee is a 4th year undergraduate in the Nuclear Engineering department at UC Berkeley. She has been with the team since March 2013. Her interests lie in all things NucE and aside from her academic pursuits, she is involved in many student groups on campus and particularly like mentoring and outreach at middle and high schools.


Mark Swanson

Undergraduate student
University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 2015 B.S. Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley [anticipated]

About

Mark is a 3rd year undergraduate pursuing a Joint Degree in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He focuses most of his extracurricular attention on the nuclear half and joined the project in October 2013.