Jennifer Erchinger will be receiving her Ph.D. degree in nuclear
engineering from Texas A&M University in August. She
performed her doctoral research as a Post-Master's Research
Associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with Dr.
Craig Marianno as her adviser. Her project involves the
development and testing of an ultra-low-background liquid
scintillation counter constructed at PNNL.
While at NSSPI, she presented at various conferences, including
annual meetings for the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management
and national and South Texas Chapter meetings of the Health Physics
Society. She represented NSSPI at the International Seminar
on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security
and Safeguards in Tokyo, Japan in February of 2013 and participated
in a UK-Norway Initiative arms control exercise along with a group
of other NSSPI students in Oslo, Norway. In the summer of
2014, she traveled to IIT-Kanpur in India for a 10-week research
internship. She was also the recipient of the Robert S.
Landauer, Sr. Memorial Fellowship from the Health Physics
Society. Erchinger graduated with an M.S. in Health Physics
under Dr. Marianno in May 2013, preceded by a B.S. in Chemistry
from Texas A&M in May 2011.
Erchinger successfully defended her dissertation in September of
2016 and is currently working as a Scientist at Los Alamos National
Laboratory supporting the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and