November 4, 2020
Staff Accomplishment

Researcher Named Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Milbrath elevated to senior member for work in nuclear physics and applied radiation detection

Brian Milbrath

Image by Shannon Colson | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Brian Milbrath, a physicist in PNNL’s National Security Directorate, was named a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Senior member is the highest grade IEEE members can apply for and this title recognizes a member’s professional practice and significant performance in designated fields. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Brian Milbrath entering an old tunnel
Brian Milbrath entering an old tunnel from an underground nuclear explosion site at the Nevada National Security Site. (Photo courtesy of Brian Milbrath | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

“It’s great to be recognized for years of contributing to the field, and even leading in some areas,” said Milbrath. “I hope this gives me more opportunity to get involved at IEEE and I encourage younger staff to get involved too.”

Milbrath actually helped co-lead the effort 10 years ago to create the local Richland chapter of IEEE: Nuclear & Plasma Sciences.

“In the area of applied physics, IEEE is really the most relevant professional organization and it’s always great to see what is out there beyond your own projects and institution,” said Milbrath.

During his 17 years at PNNL, Milbrath has managed research projects and programs in the areas of nuclear explosion monitoring and radiation detection for national security applications; this has included technical contributions to a variety of projects and being published in many peer-reviewed journals.

To be named a senior member, individuals must have at least 10 years of professional experience and show demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers through leadership and technical or professional contributions. IEEE senior member status recognizes the top 12 percent of IEEE's professional members for their demonstrated excellence.