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John D. Auxier II

Nuclear Engineering, UTK


John D. Auxier II is currently a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee (UTK) in the nuclear engineering department and the Institute for Nuclear Security. He also holds joint positions with Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Prior to this effort, he worked as a Post-Doc under Dr. Howard Hall in standing up the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Radiochemistry Center of Excellence (RCoE) at UTK, which focuses on the development of novel nuclear forensic methods for post-detonation scenarios. Dr. Auxier received his Ph.D. from UTK with research efforts that focused on the development of materials for thermal neutron detection, and research efforts at LANL that focused on development of alpha spectroscopy development software. His current interests involve research in nuclear forensics, radiochemical separations, and radiation detection applications. As part of this research he has published numerous scientific articles on nuclear forensics and development of radiation detection material, along with a patent on rapid separations. He has been awarded a number of grants from sponsors including DHS, DTRA, and DOE NNSA in areas related to nuclear forensics and analysis.