Members

The consortium consists of seven minority-serving universities and two DOE national laboratories.
 
Alabama A&M University  
Dr. Stephen Babalola
Dr. V. Trent Montgomery
Alcorn University   Dr. Jermiah Billa
Fisk University   Dr. Arnold Burger
Morehouse University  
Dr. James Brown
Dr. John H. Hall
Prairie View A&M University   Dr. John Fuller
Southern University, Baton Rouge    Dr. Ernest Walker
Southern University, New Orleans   Dr. Mostafa Elaasar
Los Alamos National Lab    Dr. Cheslan Simpson
Y-12 National Security Complex    Dr. Ashley Stowe
     
 
We aim to increase minorities’ enrollment into STEM disciplines, educate and train minority students while providing them with the much needed, unparalleled joint mentoring towards graduating with advanced degrees and exposure to the various DOE national laboratories during their studies.
 
Towards this goal, we have developed the following major programs:
 
 
Finally, the Consortium also utilize research and computation to improve and develop novel radioisotope detectors and identifiers to meet the security and nonproliferation needs of the DOE-NNSA.
 
 
Management
 
The management of the activities of the consortium is led by Alabama A&M University through synergy with other consortium members.
 
 
 
University Capabilities
 
The facilities available at AAMU include the detector fabrication laboratory (lapping and polishing station, chemical fume hood with liquid nitrogen and air nozzles), the detector characterization and testing laboratory (current-voltage measurement setup, detector response measurement setup, infrared transmission imaging setup and a cabinet X-ray system) and the clean room, for material processing.
 
The facilities available to us at Center for Irradiation of Materials include the tandem accelerator, the Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) setup, Atomic Force Microscope, Raman Spectroscopy setup.
 
The facilities at the college of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences include a clean room with Kurt J. Lesker dual-chamber sputtering equipment, mask-aligner, spin coater and photolithography equipment; and a JOEL scanning electron microscope. Other Universities capabilities include the Health Physics hands on laboratory and Environmental Monitoring laboratory
 
National Laboratories and DOE Facilities capabilities
 
Y-12 National Security Complex’s Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center (NDSTC) has been set up to facilitate university research into the development and analysis of novel detection systems as well as providing real world conditions for detection scenarios. A full suite of radionuclide sources and uranium of various enrichments of U-235 have been provided for demonstration, teaching and research purposes. Y-12 has hosted summer undergraduate and graduate interns who are provided with a summer research project. In addition, Masters and PhD level research in radionuclide detection has been conducted using the Y-12 facilities. Joint publication of the summer research in national publications and forums has been encouraged. Modeling codes and modeling environments available for student use and training include MCNP, MCNPX, Gadris, LabView and MATLAB.
 
The capabilities available to us at Brookhaven National Laboratory include the National Synchrotron Light Source, automated infrared imaging system, Nikon microscope with NIS-element software, Current - Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (I-DLTS) setup and Pockels’ electric field measurement setup. These unique instruments enable the probing of the material properties of semiconductor crystals for nondestructive room-temperature-operated radioisotope detector devices.
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)’s expertise lies in the handling, storage, processing and analysis of radioactive materials. LANL has a large and varied Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) inventory that is accessible for research and training activities. LANL houses an isotope production facility that manufactures unique isotopes for the medical imaging and treatment. Through the Isotope Production Facility LANL has the capability to manufacture unique isotopes by utilizing our Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) facility.
 
LANSCE employs a variety of proton energy beams to generate primary proton induced or secondary neutron induced interactions. LANL also produces isotopes using our National Critical Experiments Research Center (NCERC) at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site) in addition to performing Criticality, Emergency Response, Non-proliferation, and Stockpile Stewardship experiments. Handling nuclear material necessitates that LANL has a robust Health Physics group that works closely with experimenters in order to protect the LANL workforce, the general public and the environment.
 
As such, routine tasks (personnel and environmental monitoring) and research (instrumentation, dose calibration, dose calculation and Monte Carlo modeling) are performed by members of LANL’s Health Physics group.
 
Fisk University Internship
  
As part of the consortium’s joint mentoring initiative, the university members of the consortium recruits freshmen in STEM disciplines and send them for a planned summer internship at Fisk University.
 
This internship exposes interns to radiation detector basics and prepare them for internships at DOE laboratories in the coming years. Each member institution nominates one student, who has been accepted into the consortium, for the internship.
 
The duration of the internship is 10 weeks, during which the students will have the opportunity to visit Y-12 National Security Complex and participate in Y-12 trainings.
 
 
Y-12 Training
 
This is a 3-day workshop for consortium undergraduate students.
 
This workshop introduce attendees to radiation detection techniques and provide a hands-on laboratory and learning experience in radioisotope detection and identification.
 
Concurrently, standard protocols for consortium students using the NDSTC for summer or graduate research projects will be developed and utilized by all members of the consortium.
 
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LANL Workshop
 
This is a 1-week workshop that is hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
 
This handson workshop will bring together upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and laboratory scientists from the members of the consortium for training on data acquisition with radiation detectors and an exposure to the capabilities and facilities available to the consortium at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
 
During this workshop, members of the consortium members and students give oral presentations of their tasks and statuses.
 
 

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