Ernesto Ordonez-Ferrer is working with Dr. Craig Marianno on his Master’s thesis project involving Polyvinyl Toluene (PVT) scintillators. His research focuses on characterizing and tracking the onset of internal fogging in PVT used in radiation portal monitors (RPM) after being subjected to environments with varying temperatures and humidity. A light-intensity measuring circuit was developed to track the fogging and ultimately alert RPM operators when to perform maintenance on the equipment or replace the detector altogether after a specific degree of degradation has occurred. Ordonez-Ferrer earned his B.S. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in May of 2017. In 2020, Ordonez-Ferrer was awarded a Seaborg Institute Graduate Research Fellowship to study at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- E. Ordonez and C. Marianno, "Development of an Optical Sensor to Measure Opacity Changes in Polyvinyl Toluene Scintillators", Poster. 64th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Orlando, Florida, 7–11 July 2019.
- J. King, S. Chirayath, E. Aboud, V. Bautista, P. Behne, H. Boo, R. Brownfield, J. Chisholm, K. Cook, A. Edwin, H. Kistle, P. O’Neal, E. Ordonez, M. Ramirez, S. Ricketts, R. Suh, "Safety Evaluation of a Spent Fuel Dry-Storage Canister with Various Fill Materials", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 120 (2019).