An Overview of Research Activities in the Space Science and Applications Group, ISR-1
The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division is part of the Global Security Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and has been an essential part of the overall LANL mission to support national security. The Space Science and Applications Group’s (ISR-1) primary goal is to apply expertise in space sciences and associated technologies to detect national security threats. This talk will provide an overview of research activities in ISR-1 with a focus on our core mission: Space Nuclear Detonation Detection (SNDD) for treaty verification. The talk will also describe some of planetary science research and defense-related programs, and how nuclear engineering plays a large role in these projects.
Bio: Dr. Shin is a staff scientist in the Space Science and Applications Group (ISR-1) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Nuclear Engineering in 2019, where he studied fast-neutron multiplicity counting for nuclear safeguards applications. Upon the completion of his doctoral work, he went to LANL as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in ISR-1 to develop an intelligent mobile multi-sensor network for radiation contamination mapping. As a scientist, Dr. Shin’s science research projects involve advancing radiation detection techniques for planetary science, nuclear emergency response, and homeland security applications. His programmatic work focuses on algorithm development and high-fidelity Monte Carlo simulations to support ISR-1’s Space Nuclear Detonation Detection mission.