Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics


Brey, Richard R. Ph.D., C.H.P. - Professor

Dr. Richard Brey received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Health Physics in 1994. He was the recipient of the Elda E. Anderson award in 2002. He has engaged in a wide variety of research including internal dosimetry; in which he has engaged in various collaborative efforts including the evaluation of historical exposures, evaluation of animal experimental data, and redefining/ evaluating radioactive material translocation models. Since 1995 he has been the director of an environmental radioanalytical laboratory which performs approximately 1,200 sample analyses per quarter.

Dunzik-Gougar, Mary Lou Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Dr. Dunzik-Gougar received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. Her research interests include the nuclear fuel cycle, systems modeling, spent fuel processing, and waste form development.

Imel, George Ph.D. - Professor

Dr. Imel received his Ph. D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Nuclear Engineering in 1977. His research interests include sodium fast reactor development, uncertainty propagation in reactor experiments, and development of new techniques in support of advanced nuclear systems.

Kunze, Jay Ph.D. - Emeritus Professor

Dr. Kunze received his Ph. D. in Nuclear Physicis from Carnegie Mellon University-Pittsburg in 1959. His research interests include underground siting of nuclear power plant parks, the health effects of low level radiation, laser isotope enrichment of medical and industrial isotopes, and reactor designs with high burn up capability and long time between refueling.

Gesell, Thomas Ph.D. - Emeritus Professor

Gesell, Thomas PhD - Dr. Gesell received his MS and PhD degrees in physics (health physics emphasis) from the University of Tennessee in 1968 and 1971 respectively. His interests include dosimetry and environmental radiation, including radon.

Pope, Chad Ph.D, P.E. - Associate Professor and Program Director

Dr. Pope received his Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 2011 in Nuclear Science and Engineering. He holds a PE license in the nuclear discipline. He also brings over 24 years of industry experience to the position. His research interests include nuclear safety, nuclear criticality safety and nuclear fuel cycles.

Schultz, Richard Ph.D., P.E. - Research Professor

Dr. Schultz received his Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 2010 in Nuclear Engineering and Science and his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1971 in Mechanical Engineering. He received the George Westinghouse Gold Medal in 2012 for eminent achievements in power engineering. His research interests include thermal-hydraulics of LWRs and advanced reactor systems; numerical modeling of reactor systems; and verification & validation of numerical models.

Wen, Haiming Ph.D. - Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Wen received his Ph.D. from University of California, Davis in 2012 in Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors, irradiation effects in materials, development, fabrication, microstructure characterization, mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of bulk nanostructured metals, alloys and composites with dramatically higher strength and irradiation resistance than their conventional coarse-grained counterparts, and application of these materials as nuclear structural materials and fuel cladding.

Kerby, Leslie Ph.D., M.B.A. - Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Kerby received her Ph. D. from University of Idaho in Nuclear Engineering in 2015. She was the recipient of the American Physical Society's M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship, and several other national awards. Her research interests include numerical methods for neutral and charged particle transport across the energy range (from thermal regions to several TeV), including Monte Carlo methods, deterministic solver methods, and hybrid methods. Applications include nuclear reactor design, safety, and fuels performance, and high-energy applications in accelerators, medical physics, and space.

Claver, Kevin - Senior Laboratory Supervisor, Environmental Assessment Laboratory

Mr. Claver received his B.S. in Physics with emphasis in Health Physics from Idaho State University. Currently he supervises the daily operations of the Environmental Assessment Laboratory (EAL). His interests include environmental radiation and radionuclide metrology.

Dunker, Roy - Laboratory Supervisor, Environmental Monitoring Laboratory

Mr. Roy Dunker graduated from Idaho State University in 1998 with a M.S. in Physics with Health Physics Emphasis. He received a B.A. in Physics from Idaho State University in 1991. His research interests are radionuclide metrology and low level radionuclide measurements of the environment.

Maxwell, Daniels - Reactor Supervisor

Mr. Daniels graduated from Idaho State University with his B.S. and M.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. in Operations Management. His past work includes interning as both a mechanical and process engineer at various engineering firms across the United States. Interests include advanced reactor concepts, nuclear energy policy, and small modular reactor (SMR) design licensing. Personal interests include mountain biking, powerlifting, video games, and community service.


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