Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Radiation Detection Technologies


Ms. Jennifer Tanner


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Hertel


Radiation detection technologies are required to meet multiple verification objectives under future potential arms control and reduction agreements. The roles these technologies play will be summarized and then explored in detail using radiation mapping as an example. Radiation mapping, measuring the radiation field at various points around an object of interest, has historical precedence and lends itself to investigating how well it could be optimized to perform under various possible monitoring scenarios.


Jennifer Tanner is a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with over 35 years’ experience in the nuclear field. She has worked in the areas of nuclear fuels, international safeguards, radiation transport modeling and neutron dosimetry and spectrometry. Miss Tanner has worked extensively in measuring and characterizing the neutron fields at commercial reactors and Department of Energy and Department of Defense facilities and in the calculation of radiation dose rates and neutron dosimeter/instrument responses. Additional areas of expertise include radiation shielding, emergency preparedness, nuclear instrumentation, nondestructive assay, and criticality safety. Currently Miss Tanner manages and contributes to PNNL's projects associated with nuclear warhead reduction transparency and treaty verification as well as monitoring technology development for NNSA clients. She has participated in the U.S./Russian Federation Mayak Transparency negotiations and Trilateral Initiative consultations and co-chaired a joint DOE/DoD working group on tamper-indicating devices for use in international arms control and nonproliferation regimes. Recently, she managed the Warhead and Fissile Material Transparency Program and the End-to-End Warhead Monitoring Campaign, both for offices within NNSA. At present, she is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the Monitoring and Inspection regime under the 2000 Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement and for evaluating plutonium disposition options.


Refreshments will be served.