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Ronald McConn

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Mr. McConn is a Senior Research Scientist/Health Physicist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by the Battelle Memorial Institute of the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining the PNNL team in 2003, he worked for a private environmental consulting firm following graduation from the Ohio State University in 1992. His primary focus has been on estimating the potential personnel exposure to radiation and radioactive materials through a variety of pathways and methods. Some of his work involved the remediation of contaminated sites, participation in facility design, and completion of safety analyses for a variety of facilities. Mr. McConn has also worked with a variety of radiation detection equipment and is well versed in the use of a large number of health physics and risk analysis computer codes. He has completed over one year of graduate level course work in health physics, nuclear engineering and risk assessment methodologies from the Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio.

Research Interests

  • Radiation measurements
  • Radiation transport modeling
  • Instrumentation for homeland security
  • Safety and risk analysis
  • Environmental remediation

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Engineering Physics, Ohio State, Technical specialty in Health Physics, 1992
  • 10 week course in risk assessment from the Miami University of Ohio,1993

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Health Physics Society
  • Columbia Chapter, Health Physics Society
  • Associate member of the American Academy of Health Physics

PNNL Publications

2018

  • Kulisek JA, R Wittmann, EA Miller, WJ Kernan, JD McCall, RJ McConn, Jr, JE Schweppe, CE Seifert, SC Stave, and TN Stewart. 2018. "A 3D Simulation Look-Up Library for Real-Time Airborne Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 879:84-91.  doi:10.1016/j.nima.2017.10.030

2011

2008

  • Kouzes RT, ER Siciliano, JH Ely, PE Keller, and RJ McConn, Jr. 2008. "Passive Neutron Detection at Borders." In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (NSS '07), October 26-November 3, 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii, vol. 2, pp. 1115 - 1119.  IEEE , Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/NSSMIC.2007.4437203
  • Kouzes RT, ER Siciliano, JH Ely, PE Keller, and RJ McConn, Jr. 2008. "Passive Neutron Detection for Interdiction of Nuclear Material at Borders ." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 584(2-3):383-400. 
  • Smith LE, CJ Gesh, RT Pagh, EA Miller, MW Shaver, ED Ashbaker, MT Batdorf, JE Ellis, WR Kaye, RJ McConn, Jr, GH Meriwether, JJ Ressler, AB Valsan, and TA Wareing. 2008. "Coupling Deterministic and Monte Carlo Transport Methods for the Simulation of Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy Scenarios." IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 55(5, Pt 2):2598 - 2606. 

2006

  • Robinson SM, RJ McConn, Jr, RT Pagh, JE Schweppe, and ER Siciliano. 2006. "Characteristics of multiprocessing MCNP5 on small personal computer clusters." Journal of Instrumentation 1:Article Number: P06001 . 
  • Schweppe JE, JH Ely, RJ McConn, Jr, RT Pagh, SM Robinson, and ER Siciliano. 2006. "The Effect of the Three-Dimensional Geometry of Cargo on the Detection of Radioactive Sources in Cargo Containers." In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, October 29-November 4, 2006, San Diego, California, vol. 1, ed. B Phlips, pp. 295-299.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/NSSMIC.2006.356160
  • Smith LE, CJ Gesh, RT Pagh, RJ McConn, Jr, JE Ellis, WR Kaye, GH Meriwether, EA Miller, MW Shaver, JR Starner, AB Valsan, and TA Wareing. 2006. "Deterministic Transport Methods for the Simulation of Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy Scenarios ." In 2006 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, October 29-November 1, 2006, San Diego, California, vol. 6, ed. B Philips, pp. 588-592.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/NSSMIC.2006.356224

2005

  • Pagh RT, RT Kouzes, RJ McConn, Jr, SM Robinson, JE Schweppe, and ER Siciliano. 2005. "Computer Modeling of Radiation Portal Monitors for Homeland Security Applications." Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 93:415-418. 
  • Robinson SM, RT Kouzes, RJ McConn, Jr, RT Pagh, JE Schweppe, and ER Siciliano. 2005. "Creation of Realistic Radiation Transport Models of Radiation Portal Monitors for Homeland Security Purposes." In 2005 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, October 23-29, 2005, Puerto Rico, vol. 2, pp. 1014-1018.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/NSSMIC.2005.1596425
  • Schweppe JE, JH Ely, RT Kouzes, RJ McConn, Jr, RT Pagh, SM Robinson, ER Siciliano, JD Borgardt, SE Bender, and AH Earnhart. 2005. "Validation of Computer Models for Homeland Security Purposes ." In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, October 23-29, 2009, Puerto Rico, vol. 1, ed. B Yu, pp. 297-301.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/NSSMIC.2005.1596257
  • Strom DJ, RJ McConn, Jr, and RL Brodzinski. 2005. Radiological Instrumentation Assessment for King County Wastewater Treatment DivisionPNNL-15163 Vol. 2, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

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