Kris graduated from Middlebury College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Physics and Spanish. Following graduation, he taught English for a year in Barranquilla, Colombia, on a Fulbright grant. After returning to the US, Kris spent a few years working in advertising in New York City before entering Michigan's Nuclear Engineering Department as a PhD student in 2016. He is now a member of the Applied Nuclear Science Group under Prof. Igor Jovanovic, and conducts research on antineutrino detection, delayed neutron measurement, and the development of novel composite detectors for national security and nonproliferation applications.
I propose a project that is integral to the foundation for this transformational nonproliferation technology– specifically, I will develop, construct, and test deployable prototypes of the critical components of the proposed WATCHMAN calibration system. My work focuses on designing and demonstrating two specific radionuclide calibration sources that have already been identified as promising and high priority by the Calibrations Working Group.