Patrick O’Neal is a Master’s student working with Dr. Chirayath on a project to diagnose vulnerabilities in the thorium fuel cycle. This work involves analyzing the ability of different facilities to covertly produce weapons usable uranium-233 and devising safeguards solutions to prevent against this eventuality. After completing his Master’s degree during the 2018-2019 school year, Patrick plans to continue his studies by pursuing a Ph.D. at Texas A&M. He hopes to research safeguards concerns in advanced reactor systems currently under development. Patrick has previously conducted graduate research developing a methodology to perform combined analysis of nuclear facility security and safety risk for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters, and mentored a team of undergraduate students developing a remote holdup monitor for the Y-12 National Security Complex. Patrick graduated cum laude with his B.S in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University in May of 2016.
- S.S. Chirayath, P.J. O'Neal, "Methodology Development for Combined Evaluation of Security and Safety Risk", Transactions of American Nuclear Society, 2017 ANS Winter Meeting, October 29-November 2, (2017).