A nuclear material expert from Savannah River National Laboratory is going to Japan on a three-month assignment as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow to help eliminate key security risks.
Kerry Dunn will provide her expertise in nuclear materials management, packaging and safe storage as part of joint Japan-U.S. program to reduce fissile materials. As an Embassy Science Fellow, she will work with Japanese and NNSA counterparts to eliminate weapons usable fissile materials from research sites in Japan that could be used for improvised nuclear devices. She will also advise on continuing research to reduce fissile materials and improve safe storage of nuclear materials.
The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Nuclear Materials Removal.
Dunn has more than 30 years of experience as a materials scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in plutonium materials management, and leads DOE-NNSA programs on the removal of plutonium worldwide to support U.S. threat reduction initiatives. She has led successful efforts in more than half a dozen countries, working with facility owners and regulators, to stabilize, package and remove plutonium materials for ultimate disposition.
The Embassy Science Fellows Program allows U.S. Embassies to use science and technology experts in the U.S. government to provide expertise to further relationships with host countries and solve real-world problems.
Savannah River National Laboratory is a multi-program national laboratory for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management.