Joint Appointments

A joint appointment is a unique arrangement where an individual has formal ties to both INL and a university. This partnership enhances research collaboration as joint appointees conduct research and development at both the home and host institutions.

Researchers profit by having access to INL employees and resources, while working in a university research setting fosters creativity and entrepreneurship.

What kind of Joint Appointments are available?

1. Incoming. A university employee is requested to work on site at INL.
2. Outgoing. An INL employee is requested to work at a university.


INL Joint Appointees
(updated 8/28/2018)

 

Boise State University

Amy Moll, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Noel Bakhtian
Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Dr. Amy Moll is a professor of materials science and engineering at Boise State University who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. She has been with BSU since 2000, when she became an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. From 2012 to 2017 she was dean of the College of Engineering, overseeing a 50 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment and a $25 million gift from Micron Foundation to build the Center for Materials Research. Since 2017 she has been an associate director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium with three other universities and INL. She earned her doctorate and master’s in materials science and engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Her bachelor’s degree, form University of Illinois, Urbana, is in ceramic engineering. She was a technical adviser to “Matter Matters,” a Discovery Center of Idaho exhibit in 2010-11, and on “Stuff,” a four-part series on materials science for the PBS series NOVA.

Bernard Yurke, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: David Hurley
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Biography coming soon.

 

 

Idaho State University

Richard T. Jacobsen, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Noel Bakhtian
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. Richard T. Jacobsen is a professor of nuclear engineering at Idaho State University, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. He is ISU’s associate vice president for research and associate director at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. He earned his doctorate in engineering science from Washington State University and his master’s and bachelors in mechanical engineering from University of Idaho. His professional career began with Boeing Co., where he was an engineer in the electronic products manufacturing group and the propulsion test group. He became an instructor in UI’s mechanical engineering department in 1964. In 1990, he was named UI’s College of Engineering dean, a position he held until 1999, when he became deputy laboratory director for research and development and chief scientist for Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. In 2006, he became ISU’s College of Engineering dean. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 1966.

Larry Leibrock, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Barbara Siciliano
National & Homeland Security

Dr. Larry R. Leibrock is a professor of computer science and information assurance at Idaho State University holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. A researcher at the Informatics Research Institute, he is a former Fulbright-Schuman Fellow working in the Changing Character of War (CCW) research program at Oxford University. He holds three advanced degrees and has taught at National Intelligence University, SOCOM, Harvard University, University of Texas, Emory University, Helsinki School of Economics, and Oxford University. His primary clinical teaching and research interests are in intelligence, strategic studies, terrorism, violent non-state actors, information assurance, and digital forensics. A former U.S. Army officer and member of the U.S. intelligence community, he served in airborne infantry, special forces, air cavalry and intelligence field operations in Germany, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Gulf States. He was medically retired in 2013 after sustaining combat injuries in Afghanistan. Presently, he is examining terrorism and nuclear proliferation, new war theory and the hybrid conflicts in Yemen and the Persian Gulf region. He has special interest in assessing the roles of violent non-state actors (VNSA) as elite catalysts for regional conflict in areas characterized by governance failures, resource scarcity, economic stagnation and rapidly changing demographics. Dr. Leibrock presently teaches university courses and a special research program that deals with cyber threats, insider risks, terrorist intentions toward critical infrastructures, the changing character of terror, and comparative policy responses.

Sean McBride, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Robert T. Smith
National & Homeland Security

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

Herb Pollard III (Outgoing)
Facilities & Site Services

Herb Pollard is associate director of external relations for the Energy Systems Technology & Education Center (ESTEC) at Idaho State University’s College of Technology. Holding a joint appointment with INL, he is responsible for coordination between ESTEC programs and their Industry partners, including INL. As program manager for INL’s Federal Facility Real Property D&D and Site Restoration, he is responsible for managing excess real property and assets along with coordinating demolition and restoration activities. Pollard received a B.S. in business administration from Lewis Clark State College while working full time as a general contractor. He received a master’s degree in project management from the University of Idaho. He is also PMP certified through the Project Management Institute. Before taking his current position, he was responsible for INL’s precision machining and fabrication capabilities. He oversaw realignment of INL’s machine shop capabilities and the modernization of equipment to include some of the most advanced Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) equipment in the United States.

Chad Pope, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Jason Andrus
Environment, Safety, Health & Quality

Dr. Chad Pope is a professor of nuclear engineering at Idaho State University who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. He was selected as nuclear engineering program director in January 2016, and promoted to professor with tenure in April 2018. He has served as a consultant to Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He has held a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory since 2013, supporting nuclear safety at the Materials & Fuels Complex and serving as the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility safety operations review committee chair. He earned his doctorate in nuclear science and engineering in 2011 from ISU, where he also earned his master’s in nuclear science and engineering (1993) and his bachelors in general engineering (1989). Since 2014 he has conducted comprehensive research centering on nuclear power plant component reliability under flooding conditions in support of DOE’s Light Water Reactor sustainability program.

Sharma Kumari Kavita, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Gary Groenewold
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. Sharma Kumari Kavita is a research assistant professor in Idaho State University’s Department of Chemistry, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. She earned her doctorate in molecular biotechnology from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a master’s in analytical chemistry from and a bachelor’s in chemistry from India’s University of Pune. Before coming to ISU, she was an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Yeungnam University, in Gyeongsan, South Korea. She is a reviewer for several international journals, including the European Journal of Food Science and Technology, National Academy Science Letters, and the Journal of Food Processing and Preservation.

Christopher Zarzana, Ph.D. (Outgoing)
National & Homeland Security

Dr. Christopher Zarzana has been at Idaho National Laboratory since 2013, first as a post-doctoral researcher and since 2014 as a research and development scientist. He earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and his Ph.D. In chemistry from the University of Arizona, under the mentorship of Dr. M. Bonner Denton. His thesis, entitled “The Use of Capacitive Transimpedance Amplifier Array Detectors for Mass Spectrometry”, involved using novel, semiconductor-based ion detection array technology for mass spectrometry. He completed post-doctoral research, also at the University of Arizona, developing new ion detector technology for mass spectrometry. Dr. Zarzana’s has a strong background in mass spectrometry instrumentation, especially related to ion optics and detector technology. He also has experience using chromatography-mass-spectrometry to solve a wide variety of analytical problems in complex matrices. He conducts research on ion formation and gas-phase ion chemistry, and the effects of radiation on a variety of organic molecules. Current research projects include: developing novel sample preparation and ionization methods and instrumentation for application to isotope-ratio mass spectrometry, development of new nanospray sources for the sensitive analysis of nano-volume samples containing radio-isotopes, and investigating the radiation chemistry of nuclear fuel reprocessing materials.

James Madison University

James Sochacki, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: James Money
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. James Sochacki is a professor in James Madison University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. He earned his doctorate and master’s in mathematics at University of Wyoming and his bachelor’s from University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at JMU in 1988, after three years in a post-doctoral position at the University of California-Davis in the Department of Mathematics. He developed an applied and computational mathematics program at JMU, meeting with representatives from various departments (computer science, physics, geology and chemistry) to discuss what applied and computational mathematics they wanted their students to learn. He has served on the Applied Mathematics, Technology, Calculus and Advisory committees for several years. In 2017 he received a grant to help develop a scientific computing/visualization program between INL and JMU’s Center for Computational Mathematics and Modeling department.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Petti, Ph.D. (Outgoing)
Nuclear Science & Technology

Dr. David Petti is director of Idaho National Laboratory’s Nuclear Fuels and Materials Division. In that position he is responsible for the management of over 100 scientists and engineers performing nuclear fuels and materials research, in areas including experiment management and oversight, irradiation capsule design and testing, in-pile instrumentation, post-irradiation examination, and fuel performance modeling. Since July 2016 he has held a joint appointment with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving as executive director of MIT’s Study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon Constrained World. He earned his doctorate and master’s degree in nuclear engineering at MIT. He started at INL in 1980 as an engineering intern in the Light Water Reactor Fuel Research Group. He was national technical director of the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) Technology Development Office, responsible for technical direction of nuclear fuels, materials, methods, hydrogen and energy conversion technologies for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project and other VHTR projects for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a senior editor of the Journal of Nuclear Materials and an editorial member of Nuclear Engineering and Design. He holds a lifetime achievement award for an INL publisher, and received the lab’s Management Excellence Award in 2014.

The Ohio State University

Carol Smidts, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Nuclear Science & Technology

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Oregon State University

Wade R. Marcum, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Alison Conner
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. Wade R. Marcum is an associate professor in Oregon State University’s School of Nuclear Science & Engineering as well as the Kearney Faculty Scholar in Engineering who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. His research interests include nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, reactor safety, flow induced vibration, fluid structure interactions, and advanced reactor design. His INL-related work has focused on hydro-mechanical flow testing, hydro-mechanical fuel testing, in-pile experimental loop design for fast test reactor conditions, and critical heat flux implications for accident tolerant fuel concepts. Dr. Marcum currently oversees five large-scale thermal hydraulic experimental facilities that directly and indirectly support collaborations with Idaho National Laboratory. He earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering, with a minor in mechanical engineering, from OSU, where he also earned his master’s (nuclear engineering) and bachelor’s (mechanical engineering). He was senior reactor operator at the OSU TRIGA Reactor. Since 2010 he has been the owner of Marcum Engineering LLC.

Mitchell Meyer, Ph.D. (Outgoing)
Materials and Fuels Complex

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

University of Florida

Assel Aitkaliyeva, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Steven Hayes
Nuclear Science & Technology

Dr. Assel Aitkaliyeva is an assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the University of Florida’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. Before joining the faculty there, in February 2017, she held postdoctoral and staff scientist appointments at INL. She has been named the recipient of several awards, including INL Early Career (2015), Fuel Cycle Research and Development Excellence (2016), and U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career (2018). Dr. Aitkaliyeva received her doctorate in materials science and engineering in 2012 from Texas A&M University, where she earned her master’s in nuclear engineering in 2009. Her current research interests include nuclear fuels and materials, with emphasis on characterization and property evaluation; mechanical and thermal properties of materials; establishing microstructure-property relationships; reactor irradiation; radiation damage in materials; and 2D materials and their stability in extreme environments.

Michael R. Tonks, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Jason Hales
Nuclear Science & Technology

Dr. Michael Tonks is an associate professor in the University of Florida’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. His field of research is computational materials science, with a focus on predicting the co-evolution of microstructure and physical properties within materials at the mesoscale. At University of Florida he uses multiscale modeling and simulation to assist in the development of new and advanced reactor materials. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University. As a staff scientist at INL from 2009 to 2015, he led development of the lab’s mesoscale MARMOT tool, and used it to develop mechanistic materials models for the engineering-scale BISON tool. He has earned several honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Special Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society’s Science and Technology Division, and the INL Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award.

University of Idaho

Richard Christensen, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Noel Bakhtian
Centers for Advanced Energy Studies

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Haney, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Wayne Austad
National & Homeland Security

Dr. Michael Haney is an assistant professor of computer science for the University of Idaho and a cybersecurity researcher for INL. He received his master’s and doctorate in computer science from the University of Tulsa in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He received a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1998. His research interests are in visualization and graph analysis of network and system log data to improve intrusion detection and response for large-scale networks. He studies cybersecurity issues of energy systems supporting a more resilient, “smart” infrastructure. This includes creating models and simulations of large scale industrial cyber-physical control systems (e.g. power generation systems, oil refineries, water treatment plants), modeling and studying the effects of cyberattacks against these systems, and designing tactical security solutions as well as robust risk mitigation strategies for these systems. Prior to joining academia, Haney spent 15 years designing, implementing, and managing information assurance programs for SMB and Fortune 500 clients in many industries, including financial services, energy, retail, healthcare, telecom, software, manufacturing, and education, as well as city, state, and federal government agencies.  He has previously taught security courses for the SANS Institute, Walmart Stores, ISACA, USN SPAWAR, U.S. Secret Service, and the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Police.

Janet E. Nelson, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Zachary Tudor
National & Homeland Security

Dr. Janet E. Nelson is vice president for research and economic development and professor of chemistry at the University of Idaho, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. Before joining the UI faculty, she served as associate vice chancellor for research development at the University of Tennessee.  She is a demonstrated leader with direct career experience across academia, government, not-for-profit organizations, and industry. Nelson has oversight of the UI’s $110 million research enterprise and serves as the principal point of contact for the school in all research-related matters. Nelson holds a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has over 30 years of experience in scientific research, scientific review and research portfolio administration, complex and multi-disciplinary program/project management, business development science policy implementation, and academic administration.

Robert W. Smith, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Travis McLing
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. Robert W. Smith is the distinguished professor of subsurface science with the University of Idaho, holding a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. For more than 35 years he has been a biogeochemist in industry, national laboratories and academia, leading complex multi-institutional research and engineering projects focused on energy development, production, utilization, and environmental consequences. He served as a member of the State of Idaho’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE 2.0) Commission and is a past member of the Battelle Energy Alliance Board of Managers. A board member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association, Smith is a past board member and officer of Grow Idaho Falls. He holds a doctorate in geosciences from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he also earned his master’s in geochemistry. He earned his bachelor’s in geology from Oregon State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 reviewed papers, organized and served as editor for the “Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXIII” symposium, and given over 100 presentations at national and international scientific conference and meetings. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Nuclear Society, Geochemical Society, and the Geothermal Resources Council.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Thomas Hartmann, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Michael Bybee
Materials & Fuels Complex

Dr. Thomas Hartmann is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. He has been involved in development novel synthesis routes to fabricate advanced ceramic waste forms to immobilize technetium and analysis and characterization of advanced nuclear fuels for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program. He earned his doctorate in mineralogy-crystallography at University Heidelberg in Germany, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory. In UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, he is director of the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) User Facility, where he has developed undergraduate and graduate courses on physical metallurgy, materials science in the nuclear fuel cycle, and x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.

University of Texas – San Antonio

Mohammad S. Roni, Ph.D. (Outgoing)
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Dr. Mohammad S. Roni – “Roni” to his friends and colleagues – is a research scientist in the software engineering and data analytics department at Idaho National Laboratory. His work focuses on the development of optimization model and methodological innovations for various R&D projects within INL. To develop analytics solutions/software he has applied a wide range of expertise in optimization theory such as discrete optimization, stochastic optimization, bi-level optimization, and non-convex optimization. Roni earned his master’s and doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from Mississippi State University and his bachelor’s in industrial and production engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He has been named principal investigator for DOE-sponsored optimization projects. These projects aim to develop integrated process optimization method for a biorefinery and develop real time, integrated dynamic control optimization to improve the operational reliability of a gasifier. He has published more than 22 peer reviewed articles and one book chapter, and delivered numerous technical reports. He is also a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Todd Allen, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Dana Hewit
Nuclear Science & Technology

Dr. Todd Allen is a professor of nuclear engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison who holds a joint appointment with Idaho National Laboratory, and a senior fellow in Third Way, a Washington, D.C., non-profit organization dedicated to building consensus and seeking solutions to national and global challenges. From 2008 to 2012 he was scientific director of the Advanced Test Reactor National Science User Facility. He was Idaho National Laboratory’s deputy laboratory director for science and technology from 2013 to 2015. He served aboard the U.S.S. Florida in the U.S. Navy, and was a master instructor in physics at the United States Naval Academy from 1989 to 1991. He holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, master’s degrees in engineering from there and George Washington University, and a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering from Northwestern University. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society Material Science and Technology Division, for his contributions to nuclear materials research.

University of Wyoming

Amy Banic, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: James Money
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Milos Manic, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Eric Peterson
Energy & Environment Science & Technology

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Xianming (David) Bai, Ph.D.
INL Technical Point of Contact: Jason Hales
Nuclear Science & Technology

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 


Universities with Blanket Master Agreements, but no current Joint Appointments

Cal State University, Long Beach
Indiana University
North Carolina State
Penn State University
Purdue University
University of Nebraska
University of Utah