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PNNL researcher elected Fellow by IEEE

December 04, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – A nuclear physicist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Richard Kouzes is being recognized for his “contributions to nuclear radiation detection systems.”

Fellow status is conferred upon IEEE members with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The organization first began electing Fellows in 1912. Currently, fewer than two percent of the organization’s 356,000 members hold the grade of Fellow.

Kouzes is a Laboratory Fellow and Chief Scientist in PNNL’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Michigan State University in 1969; and a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Princeton University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. He originally joined PNNL in 1991, and returned to the Laboratory in 2000.

As the principal investigator and technical lead for the Radiation Portal Monitoring Project at PNNL, Kouzes guided the project team’s work to define the threat of illicit radioactive and nuclear materials at U.S. borders on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, identify the equipment needed, and initiate the modeling and testing activities that led to the successful deployment of radiation detection equipment along the country’s borders.

Kouzes has been an active participant in the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) for 25 years, has served as both an elected and appointed member of the Administrative Committee, was a founder of one of the technical committees, and has served as the society’s webmaster for the past six years. He also has been a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Standards Association.

Tags: National Security, Radiation Detection, Border Protection

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