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.