Plenary Speaker Biographies

Hamid Aït Abderrahim
International Relations,
Deputy Director General
MYRRHA project, Director

Prof. Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim is the Deputy Director General International Relations of SCK•CEN, the Belgian nuclear research centre. He is also professor of reactor physics and nuclear engineering at the “Université Catholique de Louvain” (UCL) at the mechanical engineering department of the “Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL)”.
His fields of specialization are Reactor Physics, Reactor Dosimetry, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Partitioning and transmutation of high level nuclear waste and Nuclear Reactor Technology.
Since 1998 he is the director of the MYRRHA project: an accelerator driven system coupling a sub-critical Pb-Bi cooled reactor and a high power proton accelerator through a spallation target.
Since 2015 he is the chairman of the Governing Board of SNETP.

Keith M. Anderton
Counselor for Nuclear Affairs, U.S. Mission
to International Organizations in Vienna

Mr. Anderton is currently Counselor for Nuclear Affairs at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna.  Previously he served as Political Counselor at Embassy Bangkok, Deputy Political Minister in Beijing, EUR Deputy Director for Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and First Secretary at the U.S. Mission to NATO, where he oversaw the NATO-Russia Council.  Other assignments include Russian Foreign Policy expert in the Office of Russian Affairs, Economic Officer and later Senior Staff Assistant to Ambassador Thomas Foley at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, and Oil and Natural Resources Officer at U.S. Embassy Moscow.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Anderton was briefly an academic, with postdoctoral fellowships at both the Free and Technical Universities in Berlin, Germany.  He was a Fulbright Scholar to Tokyo University and a visiting lecturer in the Values, Technology, Science and Society program at Stanford University.  He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard in the History of Science and Astrophysics, respectively; and a Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Princeton.   Mr. Anderton speaks Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German, French, and Thai.  He is married to Frances Therese Anderton and has three children.

Loïc Bertrand
Physicist, SOLEIL synchrotron,  Université Paris-Saclay (France),
Science Director, European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS, preparatory phase)

Loïc Bertrand is a physicist at the SOLEIL synchrotron and at the Université Paris-Saclay (France). He is the Science Director of the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS, preparatory phase), where he represents France. He is a specialist in advanced methodologies to study ancient and historical materials, on which he has authored about 90 articles. His personal research focuses on the study of properties of ancient materials through photon-based microimaging, developing methodological approaches based on infrared, UV/visible and X-ray synchrotron radiation. He has funded the European institute for analysis of ancient materials IPANEMA (CNRS, Ministry of Culture, UVSQ), of which he was director from 2010 to 2019. Loïc Bertrand leads the Île-de-France Key Research Sector on Ancient and heritage materials (120 laboratories, companies and cultural institutions) and is the elected chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage (2020). He teaches at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

David A. Brown
Mevex Corporation

“Always be wary of people who write their own bios and quote themselves.”
– Dave Brown

Dave’s career has spanned more than 30 years at Mevex designing, building, servicing, and selling electron accelerators. He is a strong proponent of combining the most appropriate sterilization technologies to optimize quality, speed, and cost. Dave has been the president of Mevex since 1993. He has surrounded himself with amazing people and is pretty much redundant now. As Mevex has grown from 3 people to more than 100 in 4 countries, Dave tries to maximize the benefits of larger size while preserving Mevex’s core principles. As the technology landscape evolves and there are perturbations in the availability of various technologies, Dave has remained positive about all technologies and looks for synergies between them to achieve the best environmental, commercial, and security outcomes.

Mevex style and core principles:
1. Employees before customers
2. Customer support before profits
3. Installed base excellence
4. Strong relationships with suppliers
5. Have fun
6. Innovate or die
7. Fail fast, figure it out, move forward
8. Give credit, take blame

Dave is selective in which committees and industry associations he participates but strongly supports them financially and by providing Mevex employees whose competence and intelligence often exceeds his own.

Cathy S. Cutler, Ph.D.
Medical Isotope Research Production and Development group (MIRP) Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cathy S. Cutler, Ph.D. is Director of the Medical Isotope Research Production and Development group (MIRP) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Dr. Cutler earned the Bachelor of Sciences in Biochemistry in 1988 and a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry in 1993 from the University of Cincinnati with the thesis, Studies at the Interface between Inorganic Chemistry and Nuclear Medicine:  Mechanisms of Action of Selected Metal Based Radiopharmaceuticals under the direction of Dr. Ed Deutsch.  Dr. Cutler then joined the Radiation Sciences group at Washington University School of Medicine where she worked under the guidance of Dr. Michael J. Welch where she developed and characterized a Ga-68 brain agent that crosses the intact blood brain barrier; designed studies to determine how in vivo metabolism affects compounds distribution, clearance and target selectivity; and collaborated to radiolabel and evaluate peptides containing unique amino acids with modified side chains to bind metals such as technetium, rhenium and rhodium.  It was this collaboration that drew Dr. Cutler to the University of Missouri Research Reactor Centers Radiopharmaceuticals Group in 1998.  She worked there till June of 2015. The MIRP group at Brookhaven operates the LINAC Isotope Producer (BLIP) that produces both Sr-82 and Ge-68 for commercial production as well as a number of research radioisotopes and is currently evaluating the accelerator production of Ac-225.  Additionally, she directs the Target Processing Labs (TPL) that manufactures targets from both the BLIP and isotopes produced off-site for medical applications meeting cGMP. Dr. Cutler’s research focuses on developing production and separation methods for high specific activity radioisotopes, creating a suite of diagnostic and therapeutic agents tailored for individual needs which has been funded by the DOE, NIH, NSF and public foundations.   She brings more than 20 years of experience in the development and evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals, utilizing bioinorganic and radioanalytical chemistry to develop and evaluate radiopharmaceuticals for both diagnosis and therapy.

Andrea Denker
Department Head,
Beuth Hochschule
für Technik, Professor

Andrea Denker studied physics at the Universität Stuttgart. The topic of her PhD thesis came from nuclear astrophysics: Three neutron producing reactions in stars. She was Postdoc at the Centre de Spectroscopie Nucléaire et Spectroscopie des Masses in Orsay, France.
She is head of the department “protons for therapy” at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and professor for “accelerator physics in medicine” at the Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Berlin.
Furthermore, she is a member of the International Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Cyclotrons and their Applications as well as a Steering Committee Member of PTCOG (Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group)

Kristin Hirsch
Office of Radiological
Security (ORS) DOE/NNSA),

Kristin Hirsch is the Director of the Office of Radiological Security (ORS) within U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Office of Global Material Security, a position she has held since March 2019. ORS works domestically in the United States and internationally over 100 countries to secure radiological sources in use or storage; remove disused sources and disposition them or place them in to secure storage; and to encourage the use of alternative non-isotopic technologies in place of radiological sources to achieve permanent risk reduction. Ms. Hirsch previously spent 3 years as the Director of the U.S. DOE office in Astana, Kazakhstan; as a project manager for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative implementing nuclear and radiological security projects in Europe; and 3 years as an Attaché in the U.S. DOE Office in the US. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. She started her federal career in 1999 working for the Department of Defense. Ms. Hirsch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs.

Cornelia Hoehr
Particle Therapy
Co-Operative Group (PTCOG)
Steering Committee,
Consultant to the IAEA,
TRIUMF User Group
Executive Committee
(TUEC), Chair

Cornelia Hoehr received her Ph.D. in physics from Heidelberg University in Germany and the Max-Plank institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. After a post-doctoral research term at the Argonne National Lab, USA, she then moved to TRIUMF as a post-doctoral researcher, and subsequently took on roles in operation and facilities in isotope production and proton therapy. In 2013 she became a research scientist at TRIUMF and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, and in 2018 she became Adjunct at the University of British Columbia and took over the role as Deputy Associate Laboratory Director – Life Sciences at TRIUMF. Her research interests are focused on medical isotope production and radiotherapy, especially proton therapy. She is a member of the steering committee for the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG), consultant to the IAEA, and was chair of the TRIUMF User Group Executive Committee (TUEC).

Kevin Jones
Technical Director of the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS)

Kevin Jones is the Technical Director of the European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) located in Lund, Sweden and is responsible for the delivery of all technical scope of the ESS construction project, which includes the accelerator, target, integrated control system, engineering services and the first suite of neutron scattering instruments.  Prior to joining ESS, from March 2018 to August 2019 he was principal of Edwyn Consulting, Inc.  From 2010 to 2018 he served as Director of the Research Accelerator Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  Prior to joining ORNL, Jones spent 28 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where, among other roles, he led the Dynamic Experimentation and Accelerator Operations and Technology Divisions. In 2018 he received the Department of Energy Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award.  Jones obtained his undergraduate degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Rutgers University.

Walter Kutschera
University of Vienna,
Faculty of Physics –
Isotope Physics,
Vienna Environmental
Research Accelerator (VERA)

Walter Kutschera received his PhD in physics at the University of Graz in Austria. He then left Austria and worked as an experimental nuclear physicist with accelerators at different places: MPI Heidelberg, TU Munich, University of Tokyo, Weizmann Institute Rehovot, Argonne National Lab Chicago. From 1978 on, his interest concentrated on the use of accelerators for the ultra-sensitive measurement of long-lived radioisotopes (e.g. 14C), a method known as Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). AMS allowed him to perform research in essentially every domain of the environment at large. In 1993 he became a Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, where he founded the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA). Based on a 3-MV tandem accelerator, it is an AMS facility for “all” isotopes across the nuclear chart. For his life-work in AMS, he received in 2010 the Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Roberta Vecchi 
University of Milan (Italy),
Associate Professor
National Institute of
Nuclear Physics INFN-Milan,
Associate Researcher

Roberta Vecchi is associate professor in Applied Physics at the Dept. of Physics, University of Milan (Italy) and associate researcher of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics INFN-Milan. She has been leading the Environmental Physics research group since 2003. Main research activities are related to atmospheric aerosol physical-chemical-optical characterisation, set-up of experimental and modelling approaches to study aerosol properties, and assessment of aerosol emission sources. In collaboration with the INFN-Florence and the INFN-Genoa research groups, since late ‘90s she has been involved in research projects dealing with the application of Ion Beam Analysis to characterise aerosol elemental composition and to identify emission sources. In recent years, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry has been also exploited for radiocarbon analysis in the elemental and organic fraction of carbonaceous aerosol.

She was President of the European Aerosol Assembly (2016-2018), President of the Italian Aerosol Society (2012-2018) and coordinator of working groups on particulate matter characterization at national and international level (2009-2012). She is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aerosol Science and member of the scientific board of the INFN-LABEC laboratory.

Daniel Winklehner
Staff Scientist,
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Daniel Winklehner began his academic journey at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) researching the interactions of slow, highly charged ions with surfaces. He graduated in 2008 with a master’s degree in applied physics and began working in the fields of ion sources and particle accelerators. After spending a year in Berkeley, he moved to Michigan State University where he obtained his PhD in physics in 2013. Since then he has been a postdoc and staff scientist at the Massachusetts institute of Technology, with a one year period as guest researcher at the Paul Scherrer Institut. His interests are in novel accelerator concepts – especially, but not limited to, high intensity beams – and their applications in particle physics (neutrinos), medical applications, and energy research. He serves as co-spokesperson of the IsoDAR/DAEdALUS neutrino experiments.

Hongwei Zhao
Institute of Modern
Physics (IMP),
Deputy Director

Hongwei Zhao, Deputy director, Institute of Modern Physics (IMP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PHD from JINR/Dubna, Russia in 1995 and IMP in 1996.
He has been getting involved in research and development of highly charged ECR ion sources, electron cooler and heavy ion cyclotron at IMP since 1991. He was in charge of operation and development of the Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou (HIRFL) for more than 8 years from the year 2002 to 2010. Currently he is responsible for development of high intensity ion sources and superconducting ion linac at IMP. He is also a deputy director of HIAF facility which is under construction.

Registration is open

Abstract submission deadline:
January 6, 2020

Preliminary program available:
March 6, 2020

Full papers deadline:
April 2, 2020

Conference starts:
April 5, 2020