Matthew Boyd is a graduate student working with Dr. Craig Marianno on a research project to develop a MCNP model of the Global Medical Isotopes System (GMIS) sub-critical assembly driven by a D-D neutron generator used for radioisotope production. The major focus is on model verification and validation using Mo-99 production, dose estimation, and radiation measurement. Boyd has investigated applications of plastic scintillation detectors for nuclear safeguards and cargo monitoring. His research has focused on the identification of radioisotopes and measuring the physical shock environment of crane-mounted detection systems. Matthew has repeatedly assisted Dr. Marianno in conducting radiological response exercises for emergency responders and international students. In 2018, Matthew completed graduate certificates in Nuclear Security from the Texas A&M College of Engineering and in Advanced International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Matthew completed his undergraduate education at Embry-Riddle Aeronatuical University in Arizona in 2012. He double majored in Space Physics with a concentration on exotic propulsion systems and Global Security and Intelligence Studies with a concentration on Intelligence with minors in Mathematics and Technical Intelligence. He was a contributing member of Eagle Eye Intelligence, a student written OSINT publication.
- M. Boyd, J. Erchinger, C.M. Marianno, and G. Kallenbach, "Measurement and Analysis of the Extreme Physical Shock Environment Experienced by Crane-Mounted Radiation Detection Systems", International Journal of Nuclear Security, 5, 1(2019).
- C. Marianno, J.T. Falkner, T. Jacomb-Hood, J. Trevino, L. Dromgoole, M. Shah, M. Boyd, G. Emory, D. Murchison, "Mobile Radiation Detection Security Sweeps as Teaching Tool", 61st Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS), Spokane, Washington, 17-21 July 2016.