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Colloquium Announcement for Friday, September 8, 2017 (Speaker: Drake Brewster)

Sep 4, 2017

Speaker: Drake Brewster
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall
Post-Detonation Nuclear Forensics Using Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry
The Laser Ionization of Neutrals (LION) Resonance Ionization Mass Spectroscopy (RIMS) instrument at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully quantified Uranium isotope ratios in nuclear fallout debris. RIMS is a technology developed as early as the nineteen-eighties. Since its development, technological advancements enabled instruments such as LION to deliver isotope ratios within one-percent uncertainty, with a high useful-yield, and free of isobaric interferences.
About the speaker:
Drake graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Physics; minoring in Mathematics and Military Science. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, he attended Fletcher High School. Having family in the local Macomb area, Drake applied for a ROTC Scholarship at Western. He was selected as four-year federal scholarship recipient. He was also a member of the Centennial Honors College and served for three years as a First-Year-Experience Mentor.
Upon graduation, Drake received an active duty commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Armor Branch. His service included assignments as an infantry platoon leader, battalion current operations officer, and battalion intelligence officer. Drake deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 to Arghandab, Afghanistan.
He is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His thesis research is funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The research is conducted in cooperation with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His next assignment will be as an instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Physics and Nuclear Engineering Department.

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