Faculty teaching online courses in our Radiation Health Physics (RHP) program are renowned in their field. Some of their research projects include Space Nuclear Power Sources, Medical Isotopes Production and Environmental Pathway Analysis.
Kathryn A. Higley
Professor and Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Ph.D. Radiological Health Sciences (1994), Colorado State University
Dr. Higley's fields of interest include environmental transport and fate of radionuclides, radiochemistry, radiation dose assessment, neutron activation analysis, nuclear emergency response and environmental regulations.
Prior to OSU, Kathryn served as Reactor Supervisor for the Reed College TRIGA reactor. She has held research positions at three research reactors including Reed College, Washington State University, and Oregon State University. She spent fourteen years with Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories as an environmental health physicist at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
David M. Hamby, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Health Physics (1989), University of North Carolina
David Hamby is the leading researcher in the development of VARSKIN, a skin dosimetry software tool created for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that is now in its fifth edition.
David's research interests include radiation dose assessment, skin dosimetry, radiation instrumentation, environmental health physics, environmental transport, fate and transport model analysis, beta spectroscopy, radiation risk.
David is a member of the National Health Physics Society, Radiation Research Society; Fulbright Scholar awardee. He also serves as a reserve Benton County Deputy Sheriff. He has been at Oregon State University since 1999.
Abi T. Farsoni
Ph.D. Radiation Health Physics (2006), Oregon State University
Working in the Advanced Nuclear Instrumentation Development Laboratory at the Radiation Center, Abi Farsoni had made advances in radiation detection technology and devices.
Most recently he and his team have developed a prototype for a portable, low-cost, wireless radiation detector capable of spectroscopy. It has potential applications in nuclear emergency response, defense, and home safety.
Abi's research interests include development of advanced radiation detectors for imaging and spectroscopy, designing compact and high-speed digital pulse processors and associated firmwares (in FPGA) for real-time radiation measurement and gamma ray imaging, and development of multilayer scintillation (phoswich) detectors for homeland security.
Abi enjoys traveling around the world and camping. He has been at Oregon State University since 2006.