New Strategies in Radiation Detection for Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation

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Radiation detection technologies stand to gain immensely from leveraging new technologies. 3D printing enables rapid prototyping and manufacturing of creative detection systems, sensor fusion offers multi-modal detection and imaging, and networked detectors could vastly extend the reach and capabilities of field-deployed systems. In this talk, Dr. Schuster will share some examples of her work in radiation detection technologies, discuss how these systems address challenges in nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and make a case for introducing these new technologies to the field. 

Patricia Schuster
Bowen Hall
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222 Bowen Hall
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:30pm
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Speaker Bio

Dr. Patricia Schuster is a University of Michigan President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences department. Her research focuses on the materials science of organic scintillator materials as used for neutron detection. She is also developing systems for addressing needs in arms control and emergency response. Dr. Schuster completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, where she studied radiation detection materials and instrumentation for a broad range of nuclear security applications. Dr. Schuster’s dissertation research was performed at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA through the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. Dr. Schuster also studies nuclear security policy, including work on cross domain deterrence as implemented historically by US policy makers. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, taking her dog on hikes, and running with friends.