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Ron Boring, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Laurids Boring is a principal human factors scientist at Idaho National Laboratory, where he is researcher and principal investigator. He previously worked as a human reliability researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, and a usability engineer for Microsoft Corporation and Expedia Corporation. Boring has a bachelor’s in psychology and German from the University of Montana, a master’s in human factors and experimental psychology from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Carleton University. He was a Fulbright Academic Scholar to the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has published over 110 research articles in a wide variety of human reliability, human factors and human-computer interaction forums.
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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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Timothy McJunkin, M.S.

Timothy McJunkin is an electrical engineer with 18 years of R&D experience in industrial robotics and automated systems, mass spectrometry, intelligent systems and computer hardware. McJunkin is a senior researcher in data fusion for the ICIS Distinctive Signature. He was the technical lead of nondestructive examination development and key contributor in the robotic system development for the Yucca Mountain Waste Package Closure System. His record of achievement includes 16 peer review journal articles, a book chapter and 10 patents.
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Miles McQueen, M.S.

Miles McQueen is chief scientist in the Cyber Security R&D department at Idaho National Laboratory. McQueen has held a variety of technical and programmatic leadership roles at INL, and has served as director of the University of Idaho’s computer science program at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education. With well over 40 peer reviewed scientific publications, McQueen is currently leading research teams investigating various aspects of the security ecosystem related to critical infrastructure, and developing novel mitigations for currently unidentified vulnerabilities. Previously, McQueen investigated novel, first of a kind, Zero-Day vulnerability estimation techniques.
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Craig Rieger, Ph.D.

Dr. Craig Rieger is the Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems signature lead. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s in chemical engineering from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in engineering and applied science from Idaho State University. Rieger has implemented advanced techniques to improve operational effectiveness and safety including statistically based advisory alarms for release monitors, automatic fluid transfer and process operation and automated shutdown of processes during abnormal conditions. He also has incorporated methods for suppressing an alarm when process conditions nullify its usefulness.
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Victor G. Walker, M.S.

Victor G. Walker specializes in artificial intelligence and adaptive control systems research. He has extensive experience working in industry with software and process automation in the U.S. and Scandinavia and he holds advanced degrees in intelligent computing systems.  He has worked on intelligent automation of mobile and adaptive robotic systems and continues to pursue research in resilient control system design and interaction methodologies with intelligent and adaptive systems.
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Department of energy

DOE Office of Nuclear Energy
DOE-Idaho Office
Battelle