Blake is originally from Florence, South Carolina, and moved to Knoxville for his undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee. His research interests include fast neutron imaging, gamma ray spectroscopy, Monte Carlo modeling, image reconstruction and analysis.
Blake is currently researching within the Nuclear Materials Detection and Characterization group at ORNL, continuing work on the group's Fieldable Nuclear Materials Identification System (FNMIS). FNMIS is a field-deployable fast neutron imaging platform, capable of both active and passive neutron and gamma ray interrogation for nuclear material accountability and control applications.
John C. Stooksbury, Blake A. Palles (University of TN), Reem Khrais, Laith Zaidan, Saed Momani (Jordan University of Science and Technology). INMM Student Chapters and Getting the Message Out. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Jul 2014.
Tracey A. Wellington, Blake A. Palles, James A. Mullens, John T. Mihalczo, Dan E. Archer, Thad Thompson, Chuck L. Britton, Dianne B. Ezell, Nance Ericson, Ethan Farquhar, Randall Lind, Jake Carter. Recent Fast Neutron Imaging Measurements and Simulations with the Fieldable Nuclear Materials Identification System. Under Review.
Blake A. Palles, John T. Mihalczo, James A. Mullens, James J. Henkel. Fast Neutron Transmission Imaging of Objects Near Walls, Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. July 2013. Presented July 2013.