Lead Scientist – Thermal Properties
Research Areas: Nuclear; Nuclear Fuels; Materials Science and Engineering; Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Fuel Materials
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 2012
M.S., Engineering Management, Robert Morris University, 2006
B.S., Chemistry, Penn State University, 1995
American Nuclear Society member 2007 to present, Executive Committee Member, Materials Science and Technologies Division, 2012 to present
TMS: The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society, member 2012 to present
North American Thermal Analysis Society member, 1996 to 2006
Techniques used to characterize the relationship between microstructure and thermal conductivity of transuranic materials used for reactor fuel. Particularly using differential scanning calorimetry techniques for measurement of phase transformation temperatures and pulse laser flash as well as photo reflectance methods to measure thermal conductivity on the 100 micron scale.
Study of metallic fuel systems including thermal properties and microstructure with the goal to increase the basic science knowledge of mechanisms for thermal conductivity and thermodynamic behavior.