Hosted by Dr. Andreas Enqvist
Nuclear Engineering Program Seminar Series
Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Rhines Hall, 125
National Security Studies
Savannah River National Laboratory
Early Career Work in International Safeguards, Global Threat Reduction, and National Security at the Savannah River National Laboratory
Navigating early career decisions can be exciting and challenging. Challenging because of the pressure to prove yourself and advance your career. Exciting because of the many opportunities and directions your career path could take you. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2009, my career path took me to the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). During my time at SRNL I have held three very different positions. Starting as a postdoctoral fellow working with nanomaterials and radiation detection to my current role as a national security analyst. Each one has brought unique opportunities and frustrations. In this talk I will discuss each of these roles and highlight the work that I have been a part of during each position.
Dr. Lindsay T. Sexton received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2003, and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Florida in 2009. Dr. Lindsay Sexton currently works as a Senior Scientist at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) under the National Security Studies Section. Previously she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Nonproliferation Technologies at SRNL under a fellowship from NNSA’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI). She is currently involved with several safeguards technology development projects, has also worked in radiation detector design and development, and is the co-inventor of the Nano-Proportional Counter and methods of manufacture for photonic crystals, both developed at SRNL. In 2014, Dr. Sexton began transitioning into analysis work for matters of national security importance and support work for the DOE Nuclear Materials Information Program (NMIP).
Her current research projects include development of a Safeguards Test Bed at the Savannah River Site’s H Canyon Facility, development of a Tamper Resistant/Indicating Aerosol Contaminant Extractor (TRI-ACE), and investigation of online monitoring approaches for plutonium oxide production. Dr. Sexton’s areas of interest are in safeguards technology development, analytical chemistry and instrumentation, sensor design, and nanotechnology.