Jose "Paco" Trevino will be receiving his Ph.D. degree in health
physics from Texas A&M University in December. He worked
with Dr. Craig Marianno to determine the radiation doses that are
received by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dogs in radiologically
contaminated environments. These dogs are valuable members of USAR
teams and represent a large investment in time and money spent on
training. Trevino's research will give USAR dog handlers more
information when deployed to areas contaminated with radiological
material and allow them to make informed decisions regarding the
use of their dogs in these areas.
Trevino graduated from Texas A&M University, Kingsville, in
2012 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in physics. During his
time at NSSPI, he has taken part in international travel, presented
research at various conferences, and completed an internship at the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Maryland.
Trevino successfully defended his dissertation in August, and
upon graduation he plans to continue to work in the health physics
field as an emergency response planner for the State of Texas and
earn his health physicist certification.