The Y-12 National Security Complex has named Dr. Greg Schaaff its first Technology Fellow, following a five-month competition.

SchaaffThe Y-12 National Security Complex has named Dr. Greg Schaaff its first Technology Fellow, following a five-month competition. The announcement was made by Kevin Finney, deputy manager of Program Management and Business Development and executive director for Global Security and Technology Programs.

Schaaff will use his two-year fellowship to expand on nonproliferation programs related to nuclear forensics, drawing specifically on Y-12’s technical expertise in uranium processing and manufacturing to advance science in the field. He will rotate from his current position as group leader of advanced technologies for impurity analyses in the Analytical Chemistry Organization.

“We’re expanding our depth and breadth in key applied technologies, supported by the development of our technical staff,” Finney said. “As the new Technology Fellow, Greg will be dedicated to that expansion. The Fellowship is a response to our understanding that, as we work to transform the face of Y-12, we also have to work to transform how we develop and apply technologies, and encourage and enable our people to excel.”

The Technology Fellowship gives Y-12 scientists and engineers the opportunity and budget to concentrate on a two-year project of their choosing that will advance science and technology at Y-12 and enhance Y-12’s reputation in the chosen field. The competition calls for an extensive proposal, including budget and schedule, and a final competitive presentation.

Schaaff earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. His work over the past 15 years has concentrated on gas-phase chemistry, quantum effects at the nanometer-scale, plasma-based analytical techniques, and most recently nuclear forensics. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in these fields.

B&W Y-12, a limited liability enterprise of The Babcock and Wilcox Company and Bechtel National Inc., operates the Y-12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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