Bryan J. Erdmann

berdman@g.clemson.edu

 

 

Education

Clemson, SC

                      Clemson University

Fall 2015 – Dec. 2017 (Expected)

GPA: 3.87

  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Health Physics (in progress)

  • Graduate Research Assistant. Thesis work involved using a gamma-ray spectroscopy system to determine 1D spatial distributions of radionuclides in various systems – soil columns and field lysimeters. Distributions then used to characterize contaminant transport. Designed a control interface to couple the data acquisition (detector) and spatial positioning (stepping motor) to automate radiation measurements. Graduate coursework includes: Radiation Detection & Measurements Lab, Environmental Radiation Protection, Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry

 

Albuquerque, NM

                  University of New Mexico

Fall 2012 – Spring 2015

GPA: 3.91

  • B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

  • Undergraduate coursework: Nuclear Reactor Theory, Neutron Diffusion, Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics & Nuclear Systems, Nuclear Material Engineering, Numerical Methods with MATLAB, Modern Physics, Radiation Detection & Measurements Lab, Thermal Hydraulics, Fusion Technology, Computational Methods for Nuclear Engineering (Monte Carlo Methods)

 

Awards and Activities

  • Health Physics Society Fellowship 2016-2017, Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship – SCUREF, National Science Foundation Scholarship, UNM Amigo Transfer Scholarship, Outstanding Junior Student of the Year – UNM Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Department, Eagle Scout – Boy Scouts of America

  • Clemson University Health Physics Society Vice President, NGSI Nonproliferation Workshop Certificate, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, American Nuclear Society member, NSF STEP: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program mentor

 

Internships

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Summer 2013 – 12 weeks

  • Earth and Environmental Science Division

  • Studied the transport of cesium and plutonium contamination through soil columns to investigate the role colloids play in the transport of radioactive contamination for nuclear forensics purposes. Presented research and results to Department of Nuclear Detection Office and laboratory scientists. Worked in a radiological lab performing column flow-through experiments of samples via laser particle spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting.

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Summer 2014 – 12 weeks

  • Nuclear Security Physics Group
  • Developed codes (Python) to analyze spectral information measured with novel High-Purity Germanium detectors. The codes produced a set of parameters to characterize the measured peak shapes. Parameter sets can then be used with isotopic analysis software such as MGAU/FRAM to improve the accuracy in the isotopic analysis.

 

Professional Conferences

  • Health Physics Society, Spokane WA, Quantification Of The Spatial Distribution Of Radionuclides In A Field Lysimeter With A Collimated High-Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometer, Oral presentation (2016)
  • Health Physics Society, Raleigh NC, The Application of a Collimated High-Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Quantification of Contaminant Mobility, Poster presentation (2017)

 

Skills

  • Radiation detection experience using Geiger-Muller, liquid and solid crystal scintillation, gas proportional, semi-conductor, neutron detection, and alpha spectrometry. Experience using MATLAB, Python, MCNP, LabView, & COMSOL. Radiation worker (national laboratories) training.
         

(This résumé was posted on 11 September 2017.)