2023 MTV Workshop Success!

Tuesday morning sessions during the MTV workshops at the League

The Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV) held a successful annual workshop March 21–22, 2023 in Ann Arbor, MI.

The consortium held a welcome dinner for workshop attendees Monday, March 20 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where Jessica Bufford of the Nuclear Threat Initiative gave a keynote speech, “Curiosity, Connection, and Commitment in Nuclear.” 

Workshop activities included presentations consisting of 25 oral talks and 40 posters. The workshop was hosted in-person at the Michigan League (911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI) on the University of Michigan’s campus and on a Zoom webinar. This event had 127 attendees in-person from 18 universities, 11 national laboratories, and the government

Two panels were held during the two-day event: CVT/MTV Consortium Alumni and DEI Initiatives and Successes. During these panels, 10 panelists from academia and the national laboratories shared their experiences within the MTV consortium and fielded questions from the audience, both virtual and in-person.

  • CVT/MTV Consortium Alumni Panelist: Angela Di Fulvio, University of Illinois; Michael Hua, Helion; Steven Czyz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Meghan McGarry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Tony Shin, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • DEI Initiatives and Successes Panelist: Aditi Verma, University of Michigan; J’Tia Hart, Idaho National Laboratory; Christopher Perfetti, University of New Mexico; Mackenzie Warwick, University of Michigan; Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory

A student-national laboratory meet and greet session was held over lunch March 21st, where students and national lab affiliates were able to network and discuss research and collaboration opportunities. 11 national labs were represented at the informal luncheon.

Eight students won student awards during the workshop and each student award comes with a certificate and $500 prize.

Best Oral Talks:

  • Ethan Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Neutron Resonance Analysis for the Identification and Quantification of Nuclear Material”
  • Ricardo Lopez, University of Michigan, “Special Nuclear Material Experiments with a Dual-Particle Imager and Visualization in Mixed Reality”

Best Poster Presentations – Graduate:

  • Flynn Darby, University of Michigan, “Rossi-Alpha Experiments with Highly Enriched Uranium Using Organic Scintillators”
  • Nathan Giha, University of Michigan, “Correlations Between Fission Fragment Properties and y-Ray Emission”

Best Poster Presentations – Undergraduate:

  • James Baker, Jr., University of Michigan, “Gamma-ray Multiplicity and Spectra from Neutron Induced Fission of 235U”
  • Katie Olivas, University of Michigan, The Influence of Time Temperature Profiles on the Minimum Detectable Dose of LiF:Mg,Ti Thermoluminescent Dosimeters”

Best Student Publication:

  • Emily Kwapis, University of Florida, “Spectroscopic signatures and oxidation characteristics of nanosecond laser-induced cerium plasmas”
  • Ricardo Lopez, University of Michigan, “Neutron and gamma imaging using an organic glass scintillator handheld dual particle imager”

Full meeting details, including an interactive agenda and links to presenter materials, can be found online at: https://mtv.engin.umich.edu/2023-mtv-workshop/