Headed by Dr. Morse, the DoNuTS Initiative includes UC Berkeley faculty from NE and Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Students from UC Berkeley and other institutions participate in traineeships with DoNuTS to learn research techniques necessary to the continuing development of nuclear material detection technology. In addition, Dr. Kai Vetter of the UC Berkeley NE Department received a separate grant from DNDO for research in nuclear imaging and often collaborates with the DoNuTS Initiative.


Ed Morse (PI)

Prof. Morse teaches the department's three one-semester courses relating to nuclear fusion science and fusion reactor technology: NE 180, Introduction to Controlled Fusion, NE 280, Fusion Reactor Engineering, and NE 281, Fully Ionized Plasmas. These courses cover many aspects of the physics and technology of proposed fusion reactors as well as current experiments in nuclear fusion, of both the magnetic confinement and the inertial confinement approaches. Prof. Morse also teaches the laboratory course Nuclear Engineering 104B, Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, which includes experiments relevant to reactor thermal hydraulics and nuclear materials as well as nuclear fusion. Prof. Morse also teaches course EECS 100 in the Electrical Engineering Department, Electronic Circuits for Engineering. This course is the basic non-major course in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering.

Dorit Hochbaum (Co PI)

Dorit S. Hochbaum is a full professor at UC Berkeley. She is a professor of Business Administration and of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR). Professor Hochbaum holds a Ph.D from the Wharton school of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 1981, Profeesor Hochbaum held a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon university's GSIA. Her research interests are in areas of approximation algorithms, supply chain management, efficient utilization of resources, design and analysis of computer algorithms and discrete and continuous optimization. Her recent applications work is on problems related to customer segmentation, prediction, ranking, group decision making and data mining. Recent theoretical work focuses on efficient techniques for network flow related problems and inverse problems, with applications varying from medical prognosis, error correction, financial risk assessment and prediction.

Rick Norman (Co PI)

Professor Norman has performed research in homeland security, neutrino physics, and nuclear astrophysics. He is the co-discover of 4 isotopes. He is currently teaching NE101, "Nuclear Reactions and Radiation." His specific ongoing research projects include developing active neutron-based interrogation system to screen sea-going cargo containers for fissionable material, Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) - a planned large-scale bolometric detector designed to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te, and measurements of neutron and charged-particle induced reaction cross sections for homeland security, nuclear astrophysics, and neutrino physics.

Jim Siegrist (Co PI)

Professor Siegrist received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1979. After completing his degree, he visited the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland for two years while working on the UA2 experiment. He came to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Division Fellow at the end of 1983 to work on the Collider Detector at Fermilab experiment in Fermilab. He joined the UCB faculty as an associate professor in 1988. During the 1990-93 academic years, he was on leave at the former Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. He returned to UCB before the 1994 academic year. Recent awards include Fellow of the American Physical Society. Head, Physics Division, LBNL, 1996 - present.

Brian Wirth (Co PI)

Brian D. Wirth teaches the nuclear engineering laboratory (NE104B) and courses in nuclear materials dealing with irradiation effects in metals. His research interests involve developing improved understanding and predictive performance models of the effect of neutron and high energy particle irradiation on the microstructure, properties and performance of structural materials in current and future nuclear energy technologies. More specifically, his research is involved in investigating the long-time evolution of the primary defects produced in displacement cascades and the consequences of this evolution on the underlying microstructure, mechanical properties and performance. His research involves combining multiscale computational materials science techniques of molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations with microstructural characterization of microstructure, involving positron annihilation spectroscopy and small angleneutron scattering.

Research Engineers

Dan Chivers

Dr. Chivers's current research interests include investigation of electron-track Compton Imaging using high spatial resolution silicon detectors, Machine Vision Radiation Detection, and Pre-detonation Nuclear Forensics.

Post Docs

Chris Angell

Chris Angell earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2008. His current work, with Prof. Eric Norman, focuses on measuring previously-unknown NRF cross-sections for the development of nuclear non-proliferation technology. In addition, he contributes practical knowledge of particle accelerator operation to the Pelletron group.

Barak Fishbain

Barak Fishbain received his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Israel in December 2008. His research interests are Computer Vision, Image Processing, Medical Imaging and Surveillance. Currently he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Operational Research in the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Charles Yeamans

Charles Yeamans recieved his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley in December, 2008. His current project, with Prof. Ed Morse, is retrofitting the 7 MeV tandem Pelletron deuteron accelerator as a 3.5 MeV electron accelerator. Once operational, the accelerator will be used by the Domestic Nuclear Threat Security program for both fundamental physics research and development of new domestic nuclear security technologies.
email: yeamans (at) nuc (dot) berkeley (dot) edu

Graduate Trainees

Najeb Abdul-Jabbar
Tim Aucott
Daniel Bond
Perry Chodash
John Eric Baumler
Agnieszka Czeszumska
Araina Hansen
Daniel Hogan
Tenzing Joshi
Vladimir Semenov
Erik Swanberg
Barbara Wang
Yan Yang

Undegraduate Trainees

Austin Benson
David Caso
Dennis Chan
Curtis Joseph
Michah Folsom
Andrew Hernandez
Michael Liu
Chandeep Madaan
Sahak Margossian
Matt Pistone
Anders Priest
Justin Tang
Jeremy Williams
Robb Wills
Calvin Woo
Ray Yamada