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Dr. Tom H. Prettyman
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

Thomas H. Prettyman earned a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from NCSU in 1991. Upon completing his dissertation, he joined the Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes at NCSU as a Research Associate. While at NCSU, he developed methods to image the composition of industrial samples using a combination of computerized tomography and Compton-scatter imaging. He also developed computational methods for modeling radiation-based logging tools used in oil exploration. In 1992, he joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Post Doctoral Research Associate, and in 1993 he became a Technical Staff Member. From 1993 to 2000, he worked in the Safeguards Science and Technology group (NIS-5) and was actively involved in the development of instrumentation and methods for nuclear material nondestructive assay, including gamma ray assay methods based on computerized tomography. In November of 2000, Dr. Prettyman transferred to the Space and Atmospheric Science group at Los Alamos (NIS-1). He is presently developing radiation detectors for nuclear material nonproliferation and planetary science using wide band gap semiconductors such as CdZnTe. As a member of the Lunar Prospector team, he responsible for the development of instrument response models for the gamma ray and neutron spectrometers. Dr. Prettyman has over 50 publications on instrumentation and methods for radiation detection and nondestructive assay. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, ANS, and IEEE. He has also served as an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at NCSU.

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