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William Dunn     (Schedule)

Department Head and Steven M. and Kay L. Theede Chair in Engineering

 

Education:

Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering
North Carolina State University, 1974

M.S. Nuclear Engineering
North Carolina State University, 1970

B.S., Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame, 1968

Research and Scholarship Areas:
Radiation measurement and applications (gauging, nondestructive evaluation, quantitative analysis, dosimetry, tracing); Monte Carlo methods and applications; Mathematical modeling and inverse analysis.

Representative Recently Funded Projects:

  • Development of a Distance Education Course Sequence on Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Fire Protection, 8/22/2011 – 8/31/2012, $184,791.
  • On-line Nuclear Engineering Laboratory:  Virtual Reactor Experiments, 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,  $160,000.
  • Establishment of a Nuclear Engineering Faculty Development and Assistance Program at Kansas State University, 5/1/2010 – 4/30/2013, U.S, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, $345,000.
  • Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices, 9/1/2007 – 1/31/2011, Marine Corps Systems Command, $4,910,000.
  • High-efficiency Thin-film-coated Semiconductor Neutron Detectors for Active Dosimetery Monitors, Department of Energy, 2004
  • Development of a Simple Portable Visco/densitometer, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2001
  • Development of Fibre Channel Disk Clusters, Department of Energy, 1998
  • Development of the Integrated Physics Data Miner, Department of Energy, 1997
  • Modeling and Analysis of Novel Targets for PET Radionuclide Production, Jet Process Corporation and CTI, 1996
  • Radio-optic Method for Measuring Relative Motion, National Science Foundation, 1995
  • Interactive Particle Detector Teaching Aids Based on Plastic Scintillators, Department of Energy, 1995
  • A Pattern-deviation Scanner for Precise Measurement of Internal Component Locations, National Science Foundation, 1993

Books and Book Chapters:

W.L. Dunn and J.K. Shultis (2011), Exploring Monte Carlo Methods, Elsevier Science,Amsterdam, The Netherlands ISBN 978-0-444-51575-9.

W.L. Dunn and D.S. McGregor (2012), “Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy,” Ch 38 in Applications of Particle Detectors in Particle Physics, Medicine, Astrophysics and Related Fields, I. Buvat and C. Grupen, Eds. Springer, New York, NY (Invited Book Chapter).

 Representative Recent Publications:

  • Brewer, R.L., W.L. Dunn, S. Heider, C. Matthew, and X. Yang, (2012), The signature-based radiation scanning approach to standoff detection of improvised explosive devices, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 70(1), 1181-1185.
  • Bradley, D.A., S. Hashim, J. Cabello, K. Wells, and W.L. Dunn (2010), Photon-induced positron annihilation for standoff bomb detection, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. A 619, 415-418.
  • Loschke, K.W. and W.L. Dunn (2010), Detection of chemical explosives using multiple photon signatures, Appl. Radiat. Isot68(4-5), 884-887.
  • Lowrey, J.D. and W.L. Dunn (2010), Signature-based radiation  scanning using radiation interrogation to detect explosives, Appl. Radiat. Isot68(4-5), 893-895.
  • Henderson, C.M., Q.M. Jahan, W.L. Dunn, J.K. Shultis, and D.S. McGregor (2009), Characterization of Prototype Perforated Semiconductor Neutron Detectors, Radiat. Phys. Chem. 79, 144-150.
  • McGregor, D.S., S.L. Bellinger, D. Bruno, S.A. Cowley, W.L. Dunn, M. Elazegui, W.J. McNeil, H. Oyenan, E. Patterson, J.K. Shultis, G. Singh, C.J. Solomon, A. Kargar, and T.C. Unruh (2007), Wireless Neutron and Gamma Ray Detector Modules for Dosimetry and Remote Monitoring, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. , IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Waikiki, Hawaii, Oct 28-Nov 3, 2007
  • McGregor, D.S., S. Bellinger, D. Bruno, W.L. Dunn, W.J. McNeil, E. Patterson, B.B. Rice, J.K. Shultis, and T. Unruh (2009), Perforated diode neutron detector modules fabricated from high-purity silicon, Radiat. Phys. Chem. 78, 874-881.
  • Dunn, W.L. and J.K. Shultis, (2009), Monte Carlo methods for design and analysis of radiation detectors, Radiat. Phys. Chem. 78, 852-858.
  • Dunn, W.L., (2008), Review of Bombs and Bombings:  A Handbook to Protection, Security, Detection, Disposal and Investigation for Industry, Police and Fire Departments (Third Edition), Criminal Justice Review 33(1), 130-131.
  • Dunn, W.L., K. Banerjee, A. Allen, and J. van Meter (2007), Feasibility of a method to identify targets that are likely to contain conventional explosives, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 263, 179-182.
  • Jahan, Q., E. Patterson, B. Rice, W.L. Dunn, and D.S. McGregor (2007), Neutron dosimeters employing high-efficiency perforated semiconductor detectors, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B. 263, 183-185.
  • Dunn, W.L., R. Brewer, K. Loschke, and J. Lowrey (2007), Radiation Interrogation Using Signature Analysis for Detection of Chemical Explosives, Proc. IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security:  Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Dependability, Boston, MA, 16-17 May, 2007, pp. 7-12.
  • Dunn, W.L., C.J. Solomon, K.W. Loschke, D.A. Bradley, D.A., and W.B. Gilboy (2007), Ionizing photon methods for standoff bomb detection, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. A 580, 778-781.
  • Dunn, W.L. (2007), Nuclear Engineering Education at Kansas State University, Proc. 2nd Workshop on European Collaboration for Higher Education and Research in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Protection, 13-15 March, 2006, Valencia, Spain, pp. 41-49.
  • Dunn, W.L., Q.M. Jahan, D.S. McGregor, W.J. McNeil, E.L. Patterson, B.B. Rice, J.K. Shultis, and C.J. Soloman (2007), Design and performance of a portable neutron dosimeter, Proc. 2nd Workshop on European Collaboration for Higher Education and Research in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Protection, 13-15 March, 2006, Valencia, Spain, pp. 85-92.
  • Banerjee, K. and W.L. Dunn (2007), On X-ray back-scattering to detect hidden cracks in multi-layer structures, Appl. Radiat. Isot 65, 176-182.
  • W.L. Dunn, Flaw Detection by X-ray Scanning Using the Rolling-window Template-matching Procedure, Appl. Rad. Isot. 61:1217-1225 (2004).
  • W.L. Dunn, Measurement of Lubricant Thickness on Needles Using Proton Scattering, Radiat. Phys. Chem. 71:883-884 (2004).
  • W.L. Dunn, A Radio-optic Method for Measuring Relative Motion, Nuc. Instr. Meth. B213:481-485 (2004).
  • A.M. Yacout and W.L. Dunn, EGS OvrEzy, the Object-oriented Visual User Interface for the EGS Particle Transport Code, Nuc. Instr. Meth. B :149-154(2004).
  • W.L. Dunn and A.M. Yacout, Corrosion Detection in Aircraft by X-ray Backscatter Methods, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 53(4-5):625-32 (2000).
  • W.L. Dunn, M.L. Russell, B.W. Wieland, and A.M. Yacout, Monte Carlo Analysis of Multi-layer Targets for Production of 15O, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 48(10-12):1591-1600 (1997).
  • Y. Arai and 71 others, A Modular Straw Tube Tracking System for the Solenoidal Detector Collaboration Experiment Part I. Design, Nuc. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. A381:355-71 (1996).
  • Y. Arai and 71 others, A Modular Straw Tube Tracking System for the Solenoidal Detector Collaboration Experiment Part II. Performance, Nuc. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. A381:3782-84 (1996).
  • W. L. Dunn, M.H. van Haaren, and A.M. Yacout, A Pattern-Deviation Photon Scanning Technique for Precise Measurement of Internal Component Locations, Nuc. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. A353:658-62 (1994).
  • W.L. Dunn and J. Womersley, Solutions of Inverse and Optimization Problems in High Energy and Nuclear Physics Using Inverse Monte Carlo, MC93 International Conference Monte Carlo Simulation in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, P. Dragovitsch, S.L. Linn, and M. Burbank (Eds.), pp. 78-87, World Scientific, Singapore (1994).
  • W.L. Dunn, F. O'Foghludha, and A.M. Yacout, Precise Measurement of Internal Sense-wire Locations in High Energy Physics Detectors, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 44(10/11):1321-6 (1993).
  • A.M. Yacout and W.L. Dunn, EDXRF Analysis for Elements of Adjacent Atomic Number but Grossly Different Concentrations, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 44(10/11):1373-9 (1993).
  • W.L. Dunn, T.S. Elleman, A. Grimes, S. Reucroft, and T. Yasuda, Neutron/Photon Damage Assessment of Commercial Plastic Scintillating Fibers, Radiat. Phys. Chem. 41(1/2):225-36 (1993).
  • W.L. Dunn, A.M. Yacout, F. O'Foghludha, and G. Riel, Gamma-Ray and Neutron Dose-Equivalent Buildup Factors for Infinite Slabs, Nuc. Sci. Engr. 110:134-56 (1992).

Patents:

  • W.L. Dunn, Remote Substance Detection,  United States Patent Number 8,3244,588-B2, December 4, 2012.
  • W.L. Dunn, Method and Apparatus for Non-Destructive Detection of Hidden Flaws, United States Patent Number 6,157,699, December 5, 2000.
  • W.L. Dunn, H.C. Demby, M.H. van Haaren, A.M. Yacout, and M.E. Wiliams, Device and Method for Testing Dexterity, United States Patent Number 5,755,576, May 26, 1998.

Courses Taught

  • NE 495, Elements of Nuclear Engineering 
  • NE 630, Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NE 648, Nuclear Reactor Laboratory
  • NE 690, Radiation Shielding and Dosimetry
  • NE 737, Intermediate Radiation Measurement Applications
  • NE 806, Neutronics
  • ME 573, Heat Transfer
  • ME 574, Industrial Design Projects 1
  • ME 575, Industrial Design Projects 2
  • ME 777, Monte Carlo for Engineers

Sundry:

  • Treasurer, International Radiation Physics Society, 2012 - present.
  • General Chair, 8th Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications, 26 June–1 July, 2011 , Kansas City, MO.
  • Guest Editor, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 68(4-5), 2010.
  • Guest Editor, Radiation Physics and Chemistry 78(10), 2009.
  • Women in Science and Engineering Program “Making a Difference Award,” 2009.
  • Chair, Technical Program Committee, 7th Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications, 22-27 June 2008, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Guest Editor, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 580, 2007.
  • Guest Editor, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 263, 2007 .
  • Vice President, North America, International Radiation Physics Society, 2006 – 2012.
  • Chair, Organizing Committee for the Workshop on Use of Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors, to be held 15-17 September 2006, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Editorial Board, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2004 - 2013.
  • Guest Editor, Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physic Research B213, 2004.
  • Editorial Board, Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 2002 - 2004
  • Guest Editor, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 53, 2000.
  • Guest Editor, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 48, 1997.
  • Selected for Entrepreneurial Excellence Certificate, North Carolina, 1987.
  • Project Manager for the State of North Carolina's bid to be the site of the Superconducting Super Collider, 1987-1988.
  • Director, Radiation Measurement Applications Laboratory, 9 Ward Hall, Kansas State University.