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Robert Bean, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Bean started at INL in 2003 in the safeguards unit directing the measurements and training for the safeguards team. He also acted as the technical advisor for safeguards management as they reviewed projects for compliance. He joined the Nuclear Nonproliferation division in 2006 an has worked with the design team for the AFCF safeguards, assisted in the development of the Safeguards-by-Design process, and heads the Safeguards Envelope work.

Humberto E. Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Humberto Garcia graduated with a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, with a minor in mechanical engineering, from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a group lead in sensor and decision systems at INL, with extensive experience in advanced systems methods and applications for modeling, monitoring, control, and optimization of complex dynamical systems. His interests include sensor systems, process monitoring and event detection and interpretation, advanced nuclear nonproliferation and counter-proliferation technologies, and process-infrastructure integrated capabilities.
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Mark Schanfein

Mark Schanfein joined INL in September 2008, as their Senior Nonproliferation Advisor. He has over 30 years of experience in international and domestic safeguards. This includes 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where, prior to leaving for INL, he served as the Program Manager for nonproliferation and Security Technology, which included international and domestic safeguards and security as part of the portfolio. He has over 8 years of experience working at the International Atomic Energy Agency where he served 4 years as a safeguards inspector and Inspection Group Leader, and 4 years as the Unit Head for Unattended Monitoring System (UMS) in the Department of Safeguards.

Michael F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Simpson graduated from California Institute of Technology with a B.S. in chemical engineering and from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He is currently a member of the research staff in the Pyroprocessing Technology Department at INL. Previously, he served as the manager of the Advanced Safeguards department and a technical lead for pyroprocessing research in the U.S. under the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative. He is currently serving as a principal investigator on numerous pyroprocessing-related projects with emphasis on waste minimization, sustainability, and safeguarding nuclear material. Dr. Simpson has worked extensively with researchers and leaders from Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and initiated several collaborative projects with Korea. He is a technical advisor to both Departments of State and Energy on pyroprocessing issues relevant to national policy.

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