Rob Hayes

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Joint Faculty Appointment with ORNL

Dr. Hayes’ thrust areas span nuclear nonproliferation including nuclear assay and retrospective dosimetry. He also finds health physics, nuclear crtiticality safety, burnup, shielding, nuclear waste disposal and novel detection methods of interest, particularly when they relate back to nonproliferation. Dr. Hayes is a Certified Health Physicist and a licensed Professional Engineer (nuclear) with industry and field experience in radiological emergency response, nuclear waste management, nuclear safety, radiation dosimetry, nuclear criticality safety, air monitoring, ALARA and shielding design.

Education

Ph.D. 1999

Nuclear Engineering

University of Utah

M.S. 1997

Physics

University of Utah

B.S. 1994

Physics

University of Utah

B.S. 1994

Mathematics

University of Utah

Research Description

Dr. Hayes' research interests include nuclear nonproliferation, radiological emergency response and nuclear waste disposal technologies which are advanced using novel hybrid approaches including radiation detection, air monitoring, luminescence and magnetic resonance coupled with Monte Carlo radiation transport modeling. His research includes luminescence and magnetic resonance techniques on free radicals created from exposure to ionizing radiation in conjunction with air monitoring technologies related to consequence assessment and emergency response. Tying all these together are novel detection methodologies which include HPGe applications for field assay coupled with low resolution detector platforms. Modeling these effects with Monte Carlo radiation transport codes to interpolate and extrapolate from measured values then allows useful predictions tied back to measurement. His background includes many years of industrial experience at a nuclear waste repository and on the federal radiological emergency response teams.

Publications

Dose deposition profiles in untreated brick material
O’Mara, R., & Hayes, R. (2018), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 114(4), 414–420.
Dose deposition profiles in untreated brick material
O?Mara, R. B., & R.B., H. (2018), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 114(4), 414–420.
LNT May Be Lethal but ALARA Is Inherently Useful
Hayes, R. B. (2018), Health Physics , 115(3).
Preliminary work toward a transuranic activity estimation method for rapid discrimination of anthropogenic from TRU in alpha air samples
Cope, S. J., & Hayes, R. B. (2018), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 114(4), 319–327.
Total Ambient Dose Equivalent Buildup Factors for Portland Concrete
Duckic, P., & Hayes, R. B. (2018), Health Physics , 115(3), 324–337.
Total ambient dose equivalent buildup factor determination for NBS04 concrete
Duckic, P., & Hayes, R. B. (2018), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 114(6), 569–581.
Reconstruction ofa radiological release using aerosol sampling
Hayes, R. B. (2017), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 112(4), 326–337.
Retrospective imaging and characterization of nuclear material
Hayes, R. B., & Sholom, S. (2017), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 113(2), 91–101.
Some mathematical and geophysical considerations in radioisotope dating applications
Hayes, R. B. (2017), Nuclear Technology, 197(2), 209–218.
Consequence assessment of the WIPP radiological release from February 2014
Hayes, R. B. (2016), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 110(4), 342–360.
Contributions of various radiological sources to background in a suburban environment
Milvenan, R. D., & Hayes, R. B. (2016), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 111(5), S193–199.
Implementation of a portable hpge for field contamination assay
Hayes, R. B. (2016), Health Physics (New York, N.Y.), 110(6), 571–579.

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Grants

Faculty Development Program in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, 2014
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(8/01/14 - 7/31/19)