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Gary W Phillips


Adjunct Professor


Radiation Medicine


Dr. Phillips conducts research in nuclear radiation detection and neutron dosimetry and teaches a course on Radiation Detection, Environmental Health Physics and Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Health Physics masters degree program. His recent research interests include the development of neutron spectrometers using CR39 track etch detectors and of optical radiation detectors for nuclear non-proliferation applications. Dr. Phillips received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park followed by postdoctoral appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Texas at Austin. From 1973 until his retirement in 2001 he conducted research in radiation detection at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. At NRL he managed a multilaboratory program to develop advanced ruggedized, fieldable gamma-ray sensors, developed innovative gamma-ray imaging and analysis techniques and flew experiments to study radionuclide concentrations in orbit. While at NRL he led a Navy team in a congressionally mandated program to investigate nuclear and chemical pollution in Siberia and in the Arctic seas and conducted an environmental remediation study at mixed nuclear and chemical waste sites in US DOD facilities.