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Sara Pozzi awarded INMM Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service Award

The award is given for noteworthy contributions to the nuclear materials management profession.

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Prof. Sara Pozzi

Sara Pozzi, a professor in the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences (NERS) and director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Michigan Engineering was recently awarded the Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service Award during the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Annual Meeting. 

Pozzi was recognized for her long-term and noteworthy contributions to nuclear materials measurement, monitoring and verification, training, and research in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences. The award is named for the Institute’s long-time Secretary.

Pozzi is the founding director of several consortia for nuclear nonproliferation, including the Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, & Verification (MTV), each of which is comprised of dozens of colleges and universities faculty members and hundreds of students engaged in research projects. 

Pozzi is a tenured professor at NERS, directing 25 researchers, including PhD students, postdoctoral scholars, and research scientists with a budget of several million dollars each year. To date, she has graduated 25 PhD students as an advisor or co-advisor. 

Pozzi is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Engineering where she recently led the process of creating plans for how to educate all members of the College community on DEI starting with a focus on race, ethnicity, and bias.  

Among Pozzi’s many contributions to safeguards, she developed new techniques for neutron measurements that are being adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for nuclear safeguards applications. She is a co-developer of the MCNPX POLIMI, a Monte-Carlo code for correlation measurements, now being used in over 50 institutions worldwide. 

Pozzi holds dozens of awards, including the INMM Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award, and is a Fellow of the INMM, ANS, IEEE. Over her career thus far she has authored or coauthored over 415 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings, delivered over 100 invited presentations in the U.S. and several other countries, and was the principal investigator in over 2 dozen funded research projects. 

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