Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Radiation Particle Imaging Application in Military Operational Mission Sets


Dr. Michael Shannon


Georgia Tech Research Institute


Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Nolan Hertel


Over the past 10 years, several particle imagers were developed to provide a capability to “image” radioactivity including contamination, radioactive sources and other types of radioactive materials. These imagers were developed after several years of R&D work funded by both the U.S. Government and private industry internal investment. To date, some of these imagers are beginning to be available for sale on the commercial market with form factors similar to standard radiation survey instruments. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) continues to invest heavily in imagers for military applications. Although there is significant technical progress in terms of the radiation and detector physics, much work remains to translate this new capability into a military operational construct. This talk will provide an overview of the work underway to deploy radiation imaging in a military operational mission set including a review of current commercial technologies, the challenges associated with field deployment (i.e. use of images, ruggedization, and hardening) and the work being performed to ensure a successful military transition.


Dr. Michael Shannon serves in the Advanced Concepts Laboratory of GTRI where his focus is on the nexus of warfighting operational needs with the precise application of technology. Mike leads several efforts for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command-Pacific (SPAWAR), the U.S. Army and other sponsors. Mike has extensive experience as an engineer/scientist, soldier and operator leading soldiers and working in various DoD programs focusing on countering weapons of mass destruction and improvised threats. Although Mike has worked in government, academia and industry, he gained most of his experience serving as a U.S. Army Nuclear and Counterproliferation officer and as a U.S. Army Infantry officer. Mike retired from the U.S. Army in August 2015 after 20 years of service.