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The S.M.A.R.T. Lab is used and staffed by professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Director
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Prof. Douglas McGregor
Prof. Douglas McGregor is the S.M.A.R.T. Laboratory director. He is also the principal investigator of numerous radiation detector development research projects involving the lab.
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Research Scientists
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Dr. Philip Ugorowski
Dr. Ugorowski is an assistant research professor and works closely with the graduate students. He is presently working several projects, including characterization of scintillation light yield from experimental lanthanide halide crystals, radiation hardness of neutron detectors, characterization of CdZnTe Frisch ring detectors, alternative neutron detectors to replace 3He, electro-optic neutron detectors, and lithiated Nowotny-Juza solid state neutron detectors. Dr. Ugorowski has been instrumental in expediting the completion of the new class 100 clean room.
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Post Doctoral Fellows
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Dr. Steven Bellinger
Dr. Steven Bellinger is working on high-efficiency microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors. Dr. Bellinger developed a mass production etching process to produce thousands of microscopic perforations in Si substrates. He also developed a mass production process to backfill the perforations with neutron reactive materials. These detectors have been able to yield intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiencies greater than 42% as calibrated with He-3 gas filled detectors. He is presently working on a neutron spectrometer array and large panel arrays of semiconductor detectors. He recently started a company, Radiation Detection Technologies (RDT), that specializes in delivering compact neutron detectors and custom semiconductor radiation detectors.
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Associated Faculty and Staff
The following faculty and staff members operate labs and perform analysis in collaboration with the KSU S.M.A.R.T. Laboratory.
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Dr. Jeffrey Geuther
Dr. Geuther is the TRIGA Mk-II Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager. Dr. Geuther recently arrived from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to join our program. He is developing a research program involving the KSU TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor while also assisting several professors with SMART Laboratory projects, including neutron imaging, reactor instrumentation, and detector development.
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Mr. David Huddleston
Mr. Huddleston is an electronic technician in the Electronics Design Laboratory on the KSU campus. Mr. Huddleston is assisting with several SMART Laboratory projects that include neutron imaging, gamma ray imaging, reactor instrumentation, and detector development.
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Mr. Russell Taylor
Mr. Taylor is an electrical engineer in the Electronics Design Laboratory on the KSU campus. Mr. Taylor is assisting with several SMART Laboratory projects that include neutron imaging, gamma ray imaging, remote detector readout, reactor instrumentation, and detector development.
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Mr. Tim Sobering
Mr. Sobering is the Director of the Electronics Design Laboratory on the KSU campus. Mr. Sobering is assisting with several SMART Laboratory projects that include neutron imaging, reactor instrumentation, and detector development.
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Dr. Ken Shultis
Prof. Ken Shultis
Prof. Shultis serves as the Nuclear Program Director. Author and Co-author of five books, Dr. Shultis specializes in radiation shielding and interaction effects.
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Dr. William Dunn
Prof. William Dunn
Prof. Dunn is the director of the Radiation Measurement Applications Laboratory. Dr. Dunn specializes in radiation measurements and applications (such as gauging, nondestructive evaluation, quantitative analysis, dosimetry, tracing), Monte Carlo methods and applications, and mathematical modeling and inverse analysis.
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PhD Graduate Students
Ben Montag
Ben Montag
Ben Montag joined the SMART Laboratory research team in the Fall semester of 2008. Ben is presently exploring Li-filled Nowotny-Juza compounds as solid-sate neutron detectors. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Brian Cooper
BS-ME 2008; Brian Cooper is working on a neutron spectrometer instrument that utilizes the perforated semiconductor technology. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor.
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Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson joined the SMART Laboratory research team in Fall 2008. Kyle has been working on two innovative neutron detection technologies, those being the optically stimulated neutron detector and the low-density insert gas detector. The optically stimulated neutron detector operates with the Pockels cell effect, where radiation interactions in a Pockels cell cause detectable polarization changes in transmitted light. The low-density insert detector uses porous materials laced with neutron reactive materials inserted into gas-filled proportional counters. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Michael Reichenberger
Michael Reichenberg
BS-ME 2012; Michael is assisted several different projects as an undergraduate, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room. He has recently joined the group as a graduate student and is working on micro-pocket fission detectors. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Nathan Edwards
BS-ME 2009; Nathan Edwards is presently starting on a project to grow various materials for high resolution gamma ray spectrometers. These materials include scintillators, such as the lanthanide halides, and semiconductors, such as CdZnTe. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Ryan Fronk
BS-ME 2011; Ryan Fronk is fabricating large area (>4 cm2) perforated semiconductor neutron detectors. He is also working on various arrays fabricated from these same large area semiconductor neutron detectors. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Masters Graduate Students
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Adam Brooks
BS-EE 2006; Adam Brooks is working with Alireza Kargar on a CdZnTe Frisch collar array for gamma ray imaging and spectroscopy. Adam is designing the electronics and readout assembly. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson is presently working on a project with Dr. McGregor and Dr. Dunn to produce portable electronic dosimeter packages for high-efficiency semiconductor neutron detectors. Eric Patterson also serves as the MNE Department systems administrator. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Simon Bolding
BS-ME 2011; Simon Bolding is performing Monte Carlo modeling to optimize the performance of solid state neutron spectrometers. Advisor: J. Kenneth Shultis
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Undergraduates
Aaron Schmidt
Aaron Schmidt
Aaron has been working in the laboratory since the spring of 2011 and has been working on the multi-wire proportional neutron detector. Aaron also assisted with collecting data for the electro-optic neutron detector.
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Clay Wayant
Clay Wayant
Clay recently started working in the laboratory, and he will work closely with the aerogel, foam, and foil multi-wire neutron detectors.
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Crystal Hinterweger
Crystal Hinterweger
Crystal has been working on the silicon carbide detectors. She has learned to perform photolithography and metal sputtering for device fabrication. She has also been working on a recipe for electroless nickel plating.
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Dominic Francia
Dominic Francia
Dominic worked on the electro-optic neutron detector, He is running simulations and performing calculations to obtain detection efficiencies of different neutron absorber materials and geometries.
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Grant Bishop
Grant Bishop
Grant is assisting several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room. He installed vacuum lines, he installed the photoresist spinner, ran exhaust lines for vacuum pumps, and assisted with the fabrication of neutron hex-array detectors.
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Justin Clark
Justin Clark
Justin is assisting several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room and neutron energy spectrometer. He helped replace the plumbing for the 6-pocket E-beam evaporator, relocate and install the Oxford PlasmaLab, and perform LiF backfilling.
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Matthew Hertel
Matthew Hertel
Matthew is assisting with several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room and the neutron energy spectrometer. He helped relocate and install the Oxford PlasmaLab, install the wet benches, worked with the electroless nickel plating, and performed MCNP modeling for the neutron spectrometer.
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Reese Gehring
Reese is working with Steven Bellinger and Ryan Fronk on microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors. He also worked on the nitrogen lines and computer installations in the new clean room.
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Sam Shelley
Sam Shelley
Sam is assisting several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room.
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PhD SMART Lab Alumni
The following former students worked in the SMART Laboratory during graduate school and received PhD degrees as their highest degree while working on SMART Laboratory projects.
Alireza Kargar
Dr. Alireza Kargar
MS-ME 2005, PhD NE 2009; Dr. Alireza Kargar recently attained his Ph.D. after working on a project with Prof. McGregor to develop high-energy-resolution, room-temperature-operated CdZnTe detectors. Dr. Kargar fabricated Frisch ring CdZnTe detectors with energy resolution below 0.9% FWHM at 662 keV and HgI2 Frisch ring detectors 1.7% FWHM at 662 keV. Dr. Kargar's CdZnTe detectors operated with no pulse height correction with a simple commercial off-the-shelf preamplifier. The detector volumes ranged from 0.2 cubic cm up 3.5 cubic cm. At graduation, Dr. Kargar had 22 published papers in archival journals and conference records. Dr. Kargar presently works at Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. in Watertown, MA. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Dr. C.J. Solomon
BS-ME 2006, MS-NE 2007, PhD-NE 2010; Dr. C.J. Solomon assisted Prof. Shultis with the design of novel high-efficiency neutron detectors with Monte-Carlo computer codes. His MS work included the design of new "non-streaming" perforated detectors, which have now shown the highest efficiency ever recorded for perforated neutron detector structures at 35% thermal neutron intrinsic detection efficiency. Dr. Solomon received his MS in nuclear engineering in Spring of 2007. On a project unrelated to the SMART Laboratory, he recently finished his PhD. , in Dec. 2010, under the direction of Prof. Shultis on Monte-Carlo modeling methods, and now works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. At graduation, Dr. Solomon had 7 published papers in archival journals and conference records, and one allowed patent. Advisor: J. Kenneth Shultis
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Elsa Ariesanti
Dr. Elsa Ariesanti
MS-NE 2001; PhD NE 2011; Dr. Elsa Ariesanti recently attained her Ph.D. after working on a project with Prof. McGregor to develop a method to produce prismatic HgI2 crystals using horizontal vapor growth. In doing so, she discovered the true chemical nature governing prismatic HgI2 growth and developed more reliable methods of producing these crystals with high purity materials. The new process allows for the growth of elongated parallelepiped crystals with near perfect dimensions for Frisch collar detectors. Dr. Ariesanti fabricated Frisch collar HgI2 detectors from her material, achieving room-temperature energy resolution of 1.7% FWHM at 662 keV. At graduation, Dr. Ariesanti had 10 published papers in archival journals and conference records, and also one patent pending. Dr. Ariesanti presently works at Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. in Watertown, MA. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Mark Harrison
Dr. Mark Harrison
BS-ME 2004, MS-NE 2005, PhD-NE 2009; On a research project with Prof. McGregor, Dr. Mark Harrison designed multi-zone modified vertical Bridgman and Stockbarger furnaces, purification systems, and analysis systems to study the effects of aliovalent doping of lanthanide halide scintillators. He purified the starting materials and grew several LaBr3 and CeBr3 scintillating crystals with the furnaces that he designed and built. The result of the study indicated that the CeBr3 is readily hardened with select aliovalent dopants without degrading light yield. Energy resolution from the experimental crystals was measured to be 4% FWHM at 662 keV. Dr. Mark Harrison holds the distinction of being the first PhD student to graduate from the SMART Laboratory radiation detector program. At graduation, Dr. Harrison had 24 published papers in archival journals and conference records. Recently Dr. Harrison was awarded a Weinberg fellowship and is now working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Martin Ohmes
Dr. Martin Ohmes
BS-EE 2003, MS-NE 2006, PhD-NE 2012; Dr. Martin Ohmes worked on a research project with Dr. McGregor and Dr. Shultis developing Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFD) for use as real time power density monitors in a nuclear reactor core. Martin presently works at FLIR (formerly ICx) in Tennessee while finishing his doctoral degree. As part of his research, Dr. Ohmes designed and fabricated the tiniest fission chambers in existence. These devices are capable of operating in pulse, mean-square voltage and current mode, depending upon reactor power levels. At the time of graduation, Dr. Ohmes had five publications. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Dr. Steven Bellinger
BS-ME 2005, PhD-NE 2011; Dr. Steven Bellinger worked on high-efficiency microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors. Steven developed a mass production etching process to produce thousands of microscopic perforations in Si substrates. He also developed a mass production process to backfill the perforations with neutron reactive materials. These detectors have been able to yield intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiencies greater than 42% as calibrated with He-3 gas filled detectors, for which Dr. Bellinger was a co-recipient of an R&D 100 award. He recently started a company, Radiation Detection Technologies (RDT), that specializes in delivering compact neutron detectors and custom semiconductor radiation detectors. At graduation, Dr. Bellinger had 26 published papers in archival journals and conference records, one allowed patent and two patents pending. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Dr. McNeil
Dr. Walter McNeil
BS-ME 2005; PhD-NE 2010; Dr. Walter McNeil worked with Dr. Mark Harrison and Dr. Alireza Kargar to develop novel CdZnTe gamma ray spectrometers, and made the news with a simple CdZnTe detector that yielded 1.7% FWHM energy resolution at 662 keV. Dr. McNeil is a co-recipient of a R&D 100 award for the Frisch Collar CdZnTe gamma ray spectrometer in 2005. For his PhD project, Dr. McNeil worked to produce high-efficiency thermal neutron imaging arrays for the DOE Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). The special detectors have thousand of microscopic perforations, all backfilled with neutron reactive materials, etched into high purity Si substrates. Thus far, the novel detectors had 110 micron spatial resolution and yielded over 14% intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiency. Dr. McNeil also helped design and build semiconductor microstructured neutron detectors with Steven Bellinger. These detectors recently yielded over 42% intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiency for 1 cm2 devices, for which Dr. McNeil was a co-recipient of a second R&D 100 Award in 2009. At graduation, Dr. McNeil had 33 published papers in archival journals and conference records, and one allowed patent. Dr. McNeil is now working at SPAWAR in the San Diego area. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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MS SMART Lab Alumni
The following former students worked in the SMART Laboratory during graduate school and received MS degrees as their highest degree while working on SMART Laboratory projects.
Aaron Thompson
Aaron Thompson
MS-NE 2006; Aaron Thompson finished his Master's degree in the fall of 2006 and has taken a position in the US Army working in the field of radiation detection. Aaron studied the effects of neutron and gamma radiation on the operation of various electrooptic Pockels cells. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Blake B. Rice
MS-NE 2006; Blake Rice finished his Master's degree in the summer of 2006, and has taken a position with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Blake's master's research involved the design and fabrication of novel neutron detecting diodes which had millions of microscopic holes backfilled with neutron reactive materials. Blake did an outstanding job of developing and characterizing the deep hole etching process. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Chris Henderson
MS-NE 2009; Chris worked on the SNS pixelated neutron imaging detector that was designed and constructed for an NSF Conceptual Engineering Design Project. The neutron imaging detector was constructed with microstructured Si semiconductor detectors, a first of its kind. Chris now works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Advisor: William (Bill) Dunn
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Holly K. Gersch
MS-NE 2002; Holly Gersch graduated with a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the SMART Lab in 2002, before the lab was moved from the University of Michigan to Kansas State University. Holly was the first SMART Laboratory student, and did much to help build up the SMART Lab reputation and size. She was also a recipient of a prestigious DOE Nuclear Energy Fellowship. Holly's master's research involved radiation hardness studies of GaAs-based thermal neutron detectors, where she measured the responses of the devices to various levels of thermal and fast neutrons, and to various doses of gamma ray irradiation. She was meticulous with every detail, and an outstanding researcher. With great sadness for us all, Holly died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on June 30, 2008. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Jeffrey D. Sanders
MS-NE 2001; Jeff Sanders was the first to graduate from the SMART Lab, having finished his Master's degree in 2001 before the lab was moved to Kansas State University. Jeff is presently employed at Argonne National Laboratory West. Jeff master's research involved the use of GaAs-based imaging arrays, where he wrote backprojection codes and made tomographic and transmission images with neutron sensitive linear arrays. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Martin Ohmes
Martin Ohmes
BS-EE 2003, MS-NE 2006; Martin Ohmes worked on a research project with Dr. McGregor and Dr. Shultis developing Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFD) for use as real time power density monitors in a nuclear reactor core. The devices are miniaturized fission chambers that are intrinsically radiation hard, and can operate in a neutron flux spanning several orders of magnitude, from start-up to full power, in pulse mode. Martin took a position at ICX Technologies (now FLIR) in Tennessee. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Michael Meier
MS-NE, 2009; Michael Meier worked in the SMART Laboratory as a summer intern for the IAESTE program while an undergraduate. He then went back to Switzerland to complete an MS degree. Michael returned to the SMART Laboratory during August 2007 and completed an MS in Nuclear Engineering by working with Dr. Mark Harrison (now at the University of Florida) on CdZnTe annealing methods, laser induced Te diffusion and purification techniques for Cd, Zn and Te. Michael is now back in Switzerland working for Resun, a Swiss company contracted to design two new nuclear power plants to replace power plants presently scheduled for decommissioning. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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Quaji Jahan
MS-NE 2008; Jahan worked on a project with Dr. Dunn and Dr. McGregor to develop and calibrate active neutron dosimeter badges manufactured from high-efficiency semconductor neutron detectors. Advisor: William (Bill) Dunn
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A.S.M. Sabbir Ahmed
Sabbir Ahmed
MS-NE 2006; Sabbir Ahmed, graduated from the SMART Lab with a Master's degree in the fall of 2006. His research involved the development backprojection methods to determine the real-time fuel power density in the KSU TRIGA reactor core as a function of MPFD signals. Having also acquired a Ph.D. elsewhere, Sabbir has taken a research post-doctoral position at the University of Heidelburg in Germany. Advisor: J. Kenneth Shultis
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Troy Unruh
BS-ME 2004, MS-NE 2009; Troy Unruh constructed a neutron diffractometer and neutron detector testing port as part of his master's research work. He also designed and built a 25 pixel neutron imaging array for the diffractometer. The neutron imaging array operated in real-time and allowed the user to rapidly locate the beam and determine the neutron flux. Troy presented his work at the 8th International Conference on Position Sensitive Detectors, held in Glasgow, Scotland (Sept. 1 - 5, 2008), where he awarded "Best Student Poster". Troy now works at Idaho National Laboratory. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor
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BS SMART Lab Alumni
The following KSU students worked in the SMART Laboratory while they were working on their BS degrees.
Adam Graebner
Adam Graebner
BS-ME 2007; Adam Graebner worked in the SMART Laboratory as an assistant to the graduate students, and helped with the installation of the Oxford ICP-RIE. Adam also helped characterize the carbon coating system. Adam's responsibilities also included materials inventory and stocking, and clean room maintence and upkeep oversight. Adam now works in Houston, Texas for Dresser in their Natural Gas Services Division.
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Adam Streit
BS-ME 2009; Adam worked with Steven Bellinger with etching processes and new methods of backfilling etched perforations in perforated diode structures. Adam has moved on and is attending medical school in Kansas City.
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Allen Egley
Allen worked with Walter McNeil with the CV/IV prober and analysis system.
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Andrew Jones
BS-ME 2006; Andrew Jones worked on CdZnTe devices with Alireza Kargar. He is now working on a MA in Physics.
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Andy Fund
BS-ME 2006; Andy Fund helped with the fabrication of semiconductor based radiation detectors.
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Anita Kwok
BS-EE 2006; Anita Kwok worked on electronics design and assisted with construction of electronic circuits.
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Bethany Holste
Bethany worked with Elsa Ariesanti on preparations of HgI2 materials and crystal growth.
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Brad Lutz
Brad Lutz
Brad Lutz worked on novel SiC based neutron detectors.
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Brian McCreary
BS-ME 2011; Brian McCreary worked with Ben Montag on the growth of lithium-filled semiconductors. These detectors are being developed as novel neutron detection materials.
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Caleb Whitten
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Chris Linnick
BS-ME 2009; Chris worked on new scintillator materials, initially with Dr. Harrison. He continued that work after Dr. Harrison's departure to the University of Florida.
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Chris Ward
BS-ME 2007; Chris Ward worked on CdZnTe devices with Alireza Kargar. He has taken a job with Black and Veatch.
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Christopher Frampton
Christopher Frampton worked with Elsa Ariesanti with HgI2 crystal growth and detector fabrication. Chris also helped to fabricate gamma ray spectrometers from HgI2.
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Dana Gude
Dana is presently working with Steven Bellinger on microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors.
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David Bruno
BS-EE 2009: David Bruno assisted Walter McNeil with the construction, fabrication and electronic testing of perforated high-efficiency semiconductor neutron detectors.
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Dustin Wirth
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Edgar Alvarado
Edgar worked on new materials for radiation detection.
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Greg Hilgenkamp
Greg worked with Dr. Ugorowski on miniaturized gas-filled detectors.
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Harry McDonald
Juergen worked with Ben Montag on the growth of new detector materials.
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Jacob Harnack
Jacob worked with Kyle Nelson on LiF deposition methods.
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Jim Neihart
James Neihart
James assisted with several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room.
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Jaspen Patenaude
BS-ME 2006; Jaspen Patenaude assisted Mark Harrison with the construction of multizone funaces for materials purification and LaBr3 crystal growth. Jaspen has continued on with graduate school, and is now studying for an MS in mechanical engineering.
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Jonathan Grow
Jonathan worked with Steven Bellinger with etching processes and methods of backfilling etched perforations in perforated diode structures.
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Juergen Greve
Juergen worked on new materials for radiation detection.
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Justin Lowrey
BS-ME 2006; Justin Lowrey assisted with general maintenance, the ICP-RIE system and detector fabrication. He went on to earn an MS in nuclear engineering, and now works at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.
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Karl Plowman
Karl Plamann
Karl worked on several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room.
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Kelley Miller
Kelley Miller
Kelley Miller assisted Steven Bellinger with the fabrication of perforated semiconductor neutron detectors.
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Kevin Arpin
Kevin Arpin
Kevin assisted with several different projects, including the construction of the new SMART Lab clean room.
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Kyle Kohman
BS-ME 2008; Kyle worked with Walter McNeil on the unique perforated neutron detectors pioneered in the SMART Laboratory. Having graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2008, he has taken a position with ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing.
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Kyle Loschke
BS-ME 2006; Kyle Loschke assisted with general maintenance and with the ICP-RIE system. He went on to earn an MS in Nuclear Engineering.
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Lisel Kraft
Lisel Kraft worked with Elsa Ariesanti on HgI2 detector development and characterization.
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Mark McCreary
BS-ME 2009; Mark McCreary worked with Walter McNeil and Steven Bellinger on high efficiency microstructured neutron detectors. These detectors are presently the highest efficiency semiconductor neutron detectors available.
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Marty Rudolph
Marty Rudolph assisted Elsa Ariesanti with HgI2 material purification.
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Melanie Elazegui
BS-ME 2007; Melanie worked with Walter McNeil on the testing and characterization of perforated semiconductor neutron detecting diodes. She graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, and is presently working in the Laser and Optics Department at the Kansas City Plant FM&T in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Nathan Fritz
BS-ME 2007; Nathan Fritz worked on materials purification of Cd, Zn, Te and Mn with Amy Hageman. Having graduated in Spring 2007, he moved to Georgia Tech to attend gradaute school.
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Nathan Schuh
BS-ME 2007; Nathan Schuh assisted Aaron Thompson with the electro-optic experiments on CdZnTe and Lithium Niobate.
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Rans Lowell
BS-ME 2008; Rans Lowell worked with Alireza Kargar with the fabrication and testing of CdZnTe Frisch collar high-resolution gamma ray spectrometers.
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Ryan White
BS-ME 2008; Ryan White worked with Mark Harrison and Amy Hageman with the construction and characterization of several crystal growth and purification furnaces.
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Rylan Ortiz
BS-ME 2007; Rylan Ortiz assisted Martin Ohmes with the development of Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFD). Rylan finished his BS in Mechanical Engineering in summer 2007.
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Sam Brinton
BS-ME 2011; Sam worked with Dr. Mark Harrison on new scintillating materials as an undergraduate. He has now moved on to study as a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering at MIT.
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Samuel Browning
BS-ME 2011; Sam worked with Ben Montag on the growth of new neutron detector semiconductor materials. Sam is presently radiation effects engineer at SEAKR Engineering located in Littleton, Colorado.
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Samuel James
BS-ME 2011; Sam James assisted Dr. Kargar with CdZnTe Frisch collar detectors, Ben Montag with new neutron detecting semiconductors materials, and Kyle Nelson on new neutron detector designs.
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Sarah Appelhans
BS-ME 2007; Sarah Applehans assisted Elsa Ariesanti with HgI2 crystal growth. Sarah helped retrofit 30 horizontal platelet growth furnaces with computerized controllers, and she assisted with the purification of HgI2 starting material.
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Shawn Cowley
BS-EE 2009; Shawn Cowley assisted Walter McNeil with the fabrication of perforated semiconductor neutron detectors.
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Steven Spalsbury
BS-ME 2009; Steven Spalsbury is assisting Michael Meier with materials purification and annealing.
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Todd Riedel
BS-ME 2011; Todd worked with Ben Montag on the growth of new neutron detector semiconductor materials. Todd is presently employed at Enercon Services, Inc.
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Travis Tozer
BS-ME 2007; Travis Tozer worked in the SMART lab in general maintenance.
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Tyler Krehbiel
BS-EE 2009; Tyler assisted Mark Harrison to configure many of the purification and growth furnaces. He wrote software to control the thermal environment and operate the motion controls. Tyler now works in Austin, Texas for National Instruments.
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Other
Gulliver Nicodemus
Gulliver Nicodemus
Through various travels and previous "owners", Gulliver Nicodemus came to be our lab rat. Curious and always full of energy, he was certainly a role model to young investigators. Because we acquired Gulliver as an adult, we never knew his age, but did enjoy his company for over a year. Gulliver developed a tumor in his left ear and died May 11, 2012. He will be missed.
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Soitheamh
No research lab is complete without a lab rat, and here is our first! For those who are interested, the name "Soitheamh" is Gaelic for "gentle and tame", which described her perfectly. Soitheamh lived long for a lab rat, reaching the age of 45 months (comparable to 120 years for humans). She died March 15, 2006 of heart complications.
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