Clair J. Sullivan
Clair J. Sullivan is an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is the recipient of the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her work in sensor networks and data analytics. She also was awarded the American Nuclear Society's Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award for her work in nuclear security and education. Her research interests include radiation detection and measurements, gamma-ray spectroscopy, automated isotope identification algorithms, big data analytics and sensor networks for nuclear security, nuclear nonproliferation, and new materials for radiation detection. She is the director of the radiation detection and isotope identification research group at UIUC, focused on applications in nuclear security and forensics. She has a decade of experience as both a researcher and practitioner applying her background to the fields of nuclear emergency response, intelligence, and homeland security. She spent seven years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and three years working for the federal government, and she conducted hundreds of measurements of special nuclear material in nuclear weapons and weapons components. She also received the 2004 Distinguished Performance Award from LANL, recognizing her for work with the Port Authority New York/New Jersey Police to secure New York City from nuclear terrorism.
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