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INMM Communicator January 2017
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Inside Insights

By Cary Crawford
INMM Vice President

This year’s Annual Meeting brought about some changes to how the INMM is typically conducted. If you were in any of the sessions with live tweets, you were able to experience a different look and feel than we’ve had in the past. Several of our panel discussions provided attendees the opportunity to comment and ask questions in real time as well as giving the panel speakers the opportunity to direct the conversation in a way that better engaged the audience. Likewise, the closing plenary, led by Mark Fabro of Lofty Perch, allowed us to not only see some of the emerging risks in cybersecurity, but also to view our existing security infrastructure and approaches through a new lens of integrated security. If you were like me, the take away was that we must stop tackling Nuclear Materials Management in our organizational and disciplinary siloes, but we must begin to think of the threat in an integrated manner…like adversaries do!

While we are hoping you left this year’s INMM with some enthusiasm for the new approaches, increased participation, and interactive sessions, we also hope that the conversation moves to looking at Nuclear Materials Management of the future as we try to get ahead of the technology curve. If you have thoughts or ideas of how to continue the conversation in new and interactive ways as well as through the lens of future technology advances, please feel free to contact me or anyone on the Executive or Technical Program Committees.

Along the same lines, we are moving forward with our strategic planning process and have set some very specific goals for the next 2-3 years. We hope that these activities, along with new and innovative approaches to how we conduct our meetings will continue to meet your needs and make your institute the place to go in the Nuclear Material Management industry.

2017 INMM Executive Committee

On October 1, 2016, the new members of the INMM Executive Committee assumed office.  They are:

Corey Hinderstein

Vice President
Cary Crawford
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chris Pickett
National Nuclear Security Administration

Robert Curl
Idaho National Laboratory Retired

Members at Large
Jill N. Cooley
CNS Y-12

Kerry Dunn
Savannah River National Laboratory

Willem Janssens
European Commission JRC

Ken Sanders
Argonne National Laboratory

Larry Satkowiak
Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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2016 INMM Award Recipients

The 2016 INMM Awards were presented during the 57th INMM Annual Meeting, July 25, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Please click on the name of the award to see the recipients.

2016 INMM Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes significant achievement in the field of nuclear materials management in the early years of an individual’s career. The 2016 recipients are:

  • Katherine Bachner, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Shaun Clarke, University of Michigan
  • Adrienne LaFleur, Los Alamos National Laboratory

ImageKatherine Bachner has been active in INMM and is passionate about nonproliferation including safeguards, nuclear security, and policy. She holds a BA from Hartwick College and MA degrees from Columbia University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Bachner speaks several languages including Russian, German, and Hebrew. Prior to her current position, she was a Program Analyst and Nonproliferation Graduate Fellow for the U.S. Department of Energy’s NNSA and was an Academic Fellow to the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva. Currently, she is the Group Leader of the Nonproliferation Policy and Implementation Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where she is involved in numerous projects, including international safeguards training. Using her degree in cultural anthropology, she created a novel program in intercultural preparedness, promoting intercultural sensitivity in international training activities for nonproliferation and international safeguards. She is the Vice President of the Northeast Chapter of INMM, and is co-editor of the INMM Communicator newsletter.

ImageShaun Clarke helped to found a Student Chapter of INMM at the University of Michigan, won second place in the INMM’s J.D. Williams Student Paper Competition, and has won best paper or presentation in several other fora. He received his BS, MS and PhD in nuclear engineering at Purdue University concentrating on Monte Carlo simulations of nuclear fission, and was a summer intern at Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He is currently an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan in the Nuclear Engineering Department where his current area of research is focused on the simulation of new scintillators for nonproliferation applications. A prolific researcher, his resume already includes 129 papers, of which 60 are INMM papers. In addition to mentoring students, teaching and performing research, he serves as the assistant director for the Consortium for Verification Technology at Michigan.

ImageAdrienne LaFleur is a past president of one of the most active INMM student chapters and is a winner of INMM’s J.D. Williams Student Paper Competition. She received a BS and PhD in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University with thesis work in measuring the fissile content of nuclear fuel. LaFleur also earned a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs. She is a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she applies her nuclear engineering expertise to reprocessing technologies, high activity waste measurements and spent fuel verification. She is the author of many publications, is a safeguards trainer, and is the Los Alamos lead for their work with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

2016 Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award

ImageThe Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award recognizes long-term noteworthy service to the nuclear materials management profession as well as dedicated support to the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. The recipient of the 2016 Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award is J. Michael Whitaker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

Whitaker has supported the INMM and its activities for more than 25 years and made many contributions to the field of nuclear materials management.  While still a student at the University of Tennessee, Whitaker supported the U.S. Enrichment Safeguards Program as an intern at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant and was hired as a full staff member following graduation.  He moved from ORGDP to Y-12 to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, contributing to the development of a training course for enrichment plant safeguards for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which continues to be delivered today.  Whitaker is the Group Leader of the ORNL International Safeguards Group and serves as a senior technical advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy on international verification of uranium enrichment facilities.

His long-term contributions to the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management revolve primarily around the International Safeguards Technical Division, of which he was a member of the management team and now serves as co-chair.  Whitaker supported three joint INMM/European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) workshops and served as the INMM representative on technical program committee, responsible for organizing the 2014 IAEA Safeguards Symposium.   He also served as a Member-at-Large on the INMM Executive Committee.

2016 Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service Award

TheVincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term noteworthy service to the nuclear materials management profession. This year, we are delighted to have four award winners. The recipients are:

  • Jacques Gilbert Baute, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Paul E. Ebel, BE Inc.
  • Roger Howsley, World Institute of Nuclear Security
  • Dennis L. Mangan, Sandia National Laboratories

Jacques Gilbert Baute was awarded the Vincent DeVito Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to IAEA safeguards information management and for his leadership and technical contributions to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UNSCOM safeguards investigations. He graduated from the École Centrales de Artes et Manufactures, in Paris, with a PhD in high-pressure physics.  Following his studies, he was employed by CEA in France and worked in the Division of Military Applications studying material properties under high pressure.  In 1992, Baute began working with the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq’s nuclear weapons program, subsequently joined the IAEA’s Iraq Action Team, eventually leading the team.  He led the IAEA’s investigations of Libya’s nuclear weapons research and development during 2004 and the A. Q. Kahn network. Baute has been a key contributor to IAEA assessments and technical discussions on the Iran nuclear program and its possible military dimensions.  As director of the IAEA Division of Information Management since 2005, Baute has implemented major improvements in SGIM’s storage, security, and analysis of safeguards data from states, inspections and open sources.   

Paul E. Ebel received the Vincent DeVito Distinguished Service Award for his work in the development of nuclear safeguards and security guidance documents and extensive training activities. He has a long record of distinguished service to the nuclear materials management industry, beginning with service in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine engineer and continuing with Allied General Nuclear Services, where he was responsible for nuclear security and distinguished himself for his foresight and ingenuity in nuclear safeguards and security programs.  Ebel is a co-founder of Barnwell Engineers, Inc., and since 1979, has served as a trainer at Sandia National Laboratories.  He is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in developing, coordinating and conducting technical training courses for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Emergency Search Team, Central Training Academy and Waste Management Offices in Richland, and for his work in developing physical protection training courses for use in the former Soviet Union.  Ebel also provides training to IAEA and NRC inspectors.  Ebel received the INMM’s Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award in 2013 for his long-term outstanding contributions to the INMM as well as noteworthy accomplishments and contributions to the profession.

Roger Howsley received the Vincent DeVito Distinguished Service Award for his leadership of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) and his many contributions to international safeguards and security over the last 30 years. Howsley holds a first class honors degree and a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Liverpool and spent the first 25 years of his career working for British Nuclear Fuels in various assignments related to nuclear security and safeguards.  His final position with BNFL was as Director for Security, Safeguards and International Affairs.  He served on the IAEA Director General’s Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation from 2001 to 2008 and conducted many reviews and assessments of nuclear safeguards programs and the IAEA Nuclear Security Education and Training Program.  Howsley is a co-founder and is the executive director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security, which has more than 3,200 members in 114 countries.

Dennis L. Mangan received the Vincent DeVito Distinguished Service Award for his many contribution to the nuclear materials safeguards research and development, and technical support to the IAEA safeguards system.  Mangan has a long record of distinguished service to the nuclear materials management industry.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in electrical engineering from Notre Dame and the University of New Mexico, respectively, and a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1961.  Among his many professional accomplishments, he was the first SNL Science Advisor to U.S. DOE’s Office of Safeguards and Security. Mangan was the supervisor of the SNL International Safeguards Division and its group that explored containment and surveillance technologies for the IAEA leading to the implementation of surveillance, tamper indicating seals, and remote monitoring for safeguards.  He supported the U.S. DOE’s Fissile Material Disposition Program by providing expertise in issues associated with robotics, transportation, domestic safeguards, and international safeguards and was the Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. delegation for the Trilateral Initiative.

His service to the INMM is equally compelling. He is a Fellow of the Institute and has already been honored with the Meritorious Service Award for long-term outstanding contributions to the INMM as well as noteworthy accomplishments and contributions to the profession, and the Charles E. Pietri Special Service Award for noteworthy contributions to the industry. 

New INMM Fellows Named

In view of their distinguished careers and extensive participation in INMM activities, the Executive Committee is honored named Walter Kane and Carrie E.  Mathews Fellows of the Institute. The grade of Fellow may be attained only by advancement from the grade of INMM Senior Member. Fellows are nominated by their peers and extensively vetted by INMM’s Fellows Committee and Executive Committee.

Walter Kane has been a professional in the field of nuclear materials management or related disciplines for almost 70 years.  He has presented numerous papers at the INMM annual meeting and has been published in the Journal of Nuclear Materials Management   as well as in other technical journals. Kane has held positions at the National Bureau of Standards, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and AVCO Manufacturing Company.

In 1958 he joined Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Physics Department, where he carried out fundamental studies of nuclear structure and also designed and built equipment and facilities at its High Flux Beam Reactor.  Over the years, he was engaged in wide variety of work, including international safeguards, facility inspections, NDA instrumentation, and the Russian MPC&A Program.

Despite this lengthy and impressive career, Kane has never retired.  Presently, he teaches at the Marvelwood School, delivering courses on physics, mathematics, and foreign languages. He also continues to be very active in nuclear materials management, regularly attending seminars at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the INMM Annual Meeting.  He not only attends, but actively engages the speakers, demonstrating his continuing engagement in the technical disciplines of our profession. Few have made the significant accomplishments that he has in the field of nondestructive assay.

ImageCarrie E. Mathews has been actively engaged in nuclear materials management for her entire professional career, spanning some 23 years. She began her professional career in 1993 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where she was a program manager for a variety of safeguards, security and nonproliferation-related projects. During her 17 years at PNNL, she was heavily involved in the U.S.-Russian Nuclear Material Protection, Control and Accounting Program, leading projects establishing national training centers, improving regulatory frameworks and improving on-site security. She also served as president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, chair of the American National Standards Technical Committee N-15 and was the Technical Program Committee chair for the 8th International ANS/INMM Conference on Facility-Safeguards Interface in Portland.

Since joining the IAEA Department of Safeguards in 2010, Mathews has continued to advance the implementation of safeguards. She initiated and is leading a multi-year multi-state project to develop a series of six guidance documents to describe safeguards requirements, suggest ways and means to implement them, and promote best practices. The project involves representatives from more than 20 countries and some 40 IAEA experts. She develops communication materials and coordinates outreach events at the IAEA and, for the past five years, has served as scientific secretary to the Director General's Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI).

Throughout her career, Mathews has taken an active role in the Institute both at the national and chapter levels, where she brings her strong advocacy for international safeguards and nonproliferation along with her energy and enthusiasm to bear.  She currently serves as resident of the INMM Vienna Chapter, having also served as vice president and member-at-large. She helped to revitalize the Vienna Chapter with interactive chapter meetings and luncheons featuring distinguished speakers. She has been actively engaged in the chapter’s premier event – the annual Vienna International School Science and Engineering Fair, serving as fundraising chair and judge for the last six years.

New INMM Senior Members 2016

INMM Members can apply for the grade of Senior Member after at least five years of continuous regular membership and at least 10 years of active experience in nuclear materials management showing growth in competence and achievement.

  • Mona Dreicer
  • Takahiko Ito
  • Stephan Richter
  • Chino Srinivasan