Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ScD Nuclear Engineering ’80
University of Virginia
MSE Nuclear Engineering, ’77
St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia
BS Engineering ’75
Diploma Engineering ’75
Research Interests: ^top
Personnel dosimetry (thermoluminescent detectors, optically stimulated luminescent detectors, novel approaches); environmental radionuclide modeling and measurement (radon, RESRAD and similar codes, in situ spectroscopy, tomography); radioactive waste transportation, management, disposal, decommissioning and decontamination; physiological models (PET, SPECT, ICRP, general); internal dose assessment (ICRP/NCRP, MIRD, general); radiation detection and external dosimetry; applied radiation protection (medical health physics, nuclear power plant health physics)
- Full University Scholarship, St. Mary’s University, 1973-75.
- Governor General’s Medal (Canada), St. Mary’s University, 1975.
- Summa Cum Laude, St. Mary’s University, 1975.
- Engineering Medal, St. Mary’s University, 1975.
- U.S. E. R. D. A. Traineeship, University of Virginia, 1975-77.
- Ida Green Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977-78.
- N. I. H. Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978-79.
- Whitaker Health Sciences Fund Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979-80.
- Peter A. Neurath Award (Best Paper), New England American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1980.
- Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1985-91.
- Instrument Innovator’s Contest Award, Kiethley, 1988.
- Membership Recruitment Award, Health Physics Society, 1989.
- Arizona Lung Association Research Award, 1989.
- Best Paper Award, Southeast American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1991.
- Tetalman Memorial Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1991.
- Elda E. Anderson Award, Health Physics Society, 1992.
- U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Innovative Radon Mitigation Design Competition, 1992.
- Service Award, University of Michigan, Department of Nuclear Engineering, 1994.
- Career Development Award, University of Michigan, 1995.
- Women’s Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society, 1995.
- Service Award, University of Michigan, College of Engineering, 1996.
- Good Performance Notice, Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Question on Radio-iodine Uptakes, 2001.
- 1993 – present: Professor, Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, The University of Michigan, (Tenured 1993)
- 1994 – present: Professor, Biomedical Engineering
- 2003 – present: Professor, Radiology
- 2000-2001, Radiological Engineer, Detroit Edison Fermi I and Fermi II Nuclear Power Facilities (through Bartlett Nuclear Services, Inc.)
- Summer 2001, 2002: Faculty Associate, Los Alamos National Lab, Environmental and Health Sciences Division (ESH-4), Inorganic Chemistry (C-SIC)
- 1994-2000: Program Advisor, Radiological Health Engineering
- 1997-1998, Faculty Associate, Institute for the Humanities
- 1994-1997: Director of Faculty Development, College of Engineering
- 1989-1993: Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics Programs, Mechanical Engineering
- 1990-1993: Associate Professor Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
- 1987-1989: Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Arizona State University
- 1984-1987: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Arizona State University
- 1980-1984: Research Associate Neurology, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
- 1980-1984: Assistant Professor Physics in Neurology, Cornell University Medical School
- 1980: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics and Mathematics, Massachusetts College of
- 1980: Research Assistant, Physics Research Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital
- 1977-1980: Research Assistant, Nuclear Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1975-1977: Co-op Engineer, Nuclear Power Generation Division, Technical Staff, Babcock and Wilcox Co.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Member, DOE Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB), 2012-present.
- Member, Great Lakes Health Physics Society Chapter Executive Council, 2006-present.
- Member, National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) Scientific Committee 6-3, “Uncertainties in the Dosimetry of Internal Radiation Doses”, 2005-2010.
- Member, Academic Education Committee, Health Physics Society, 2007-2010.
- Member, Health Physics Society Decommissioning Section Executive Board, 2007-2010.
- Member, Academic Education Committee Subcommittee on Travel Grants, 2008-2010.
- Chair, Health Physics Society Annual Meeting: Environmental Sciences Session, 2009.
- Associate Editor (Operational Topics), Health Physics Journal, 1991-2011.
- Reviewer, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy University Programs Grants, 2010-2012.
(2009 to present)
- Number of refereed archival publications: 30
- Number of refereed conference proceedings: 7
- Number of books: 1
- Number of chapters in books: 0
- Number of other publications: 3
MAJOR TECH TRANSFER ACTIVITIES
Patents and Applications: (Awarded Patents)
- US 6,528,797 B1. “Method and system for determining depth distribution of radiation-emitting material located in a source medium and radiation detector system for use therein”, R. R. Benke, K. J. Kearfott (primary inventor), and D. S. McGregor. Issued March 4, 2003. 29 claims.
- US 6,727,505 B2. Divisional of 6,528,797. “Method and system for determining depth distribution of radiation-emitting material located in a source medium and radiation detector system for use therein”. R. R. Benke, K .J. Kearfott (primary inventor), and D. S. McGregor. Issued April 27, 2004. 5 claims.
- US 6,806,474 B2. Continuation in part of 6,528,797. “Method and system for detecting ionizing radiation”. D. S. McGregor (primary inventor), K. J. Kearfott, K. J. Issued October 19, 2004. 18 claims.
- US 6,815,687 “Method and System for High-Speed, 3D Imaging of optically-invisible radiation”. C. J. Branch-Sullivan, K. J. Kearfott (primary inventor), B. Stojadinovic, D. S. McGregor. Issued October 19, 2004. 26 claims.
- U.S. 7,405,409 B2. “Neutron irradiative methods and systems”. K. J. Kearfott (sole inventor). Issued July 29, 2008. 30 claims.
- US 7,485,877 B2. “Integrative and real-time radiation measurement methods and systems”. K. J. Kearfott (sole inventor). Issued Feb. 3, 2009. 20 claims.
- US 7,855,375 B2. “Integrative and real-time radiation measurement methods and systems”. K. J. Kearfott (sole inventor). Issued December 21, 2010. 15 claims.
- US 8,274,062 B2. “Integrative and real-time radiation measurement methods and systems”. K. J. Kearfott (sole inventor). Issued September 25, 2012. 20 claims.
- US 8,563,947 B2. “Integrative and real-time radiation measurement methods and systems”. K. J. Kearfott (sole inventor). Issued October 22, 2013. 18 claims.