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I was a member of both SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, although I joined SPS after I graduated to keep contact with the physics community.
I am a physical scientist for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where I have worked since 2010. Prior to this, I was a physicist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where I worked on homeland security research programs. I'm a radiation detection and nuclear physics subject matter expert at CBP, where I am the lead scientist on the Radiation Portal Monitor Program, a program to inspect cargo and conveyances entering the US for smuggled nuclear and radiological material. I also am heavily involved in CBP's non-intrusive inspection operations, which are programs to inspect entering cargo and conveyances with x-ray and gamma-ray scanners so that they do not have to be physically inspected.
I was a member and then chair of the APS Committee on Careers in 2014-2016, and I really enjoyed speaking to students about careers in the government and national labs, and helping them realize some of the APS resources available to help them in their job search. I have recently transferred from Washington, DC to the Cincinnati, OH area and would like to keep active in student engagement.
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US Customs and Border Protection
Collect data at remote job site locations
Perform data analysis
Write reports and recommend a course of action based on the data
Analyze regulations, such as NRC and DOT regulations, and make recommendations on how to perform work activities based on these regulations
Analyze data to compare instrument performance
Make recommendations for instrument settings and operation to achieve optimal performance
Assess capability of radiation detection and non-intrusive inspection instruments to meet performance standards and to function in the work environment