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Welcome to the web site of the Jovanovic Group at Penn State! We are a multidisciplinary group of engineers (nuclear, electrical, mechanical) and scientists (physicists and chemists) that performs basic research in several areas of nuclear science and engineering. The two focus areas of our activities are:

  1. Nuclear Detection and Remote Sensing. We develop novel and advance the existing technical solutions to help address a variety of current and emerging nuclear threats.
  2. Ultraintense Laser Science and Technology. We develop the technological and scientific foundation for use of intense ultrafast lasers in science, industry, and security.

We are primarily an experimental group which takes advantage of a combination of outstanding facilities at Penn State and at collaborating institutions, particularly national laboratories. We continuously recruit new postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students who share our passion for research and are interested in pursuing a career in applied nuclear sciences and high-power photonics.

News


  • August 2014: Lu Chen joins the group as a graduate student
  • August 2014: Penn State-led collaboration awarded a $3M DOE project to develop Multi-Sensor Inspection and Robotic Systems for Dry Storage Casks
  • August 2014: Tan Shi joins the group as a graduate student
  • July 2014: Jason Nattress receives the IEEE Trainee Grant to attend the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium-Medical Imaging Conference
  • June 2014: Bilan Yang (Rice University) joins the group as a Toshiba-Westinghouse summer fellow
  • June 2014: Jason Nattress receives the NNSA Nonproliferation International Safeguards Graduate Fellowship
  • May 2014: Jessica McNutt receives her M.S. degree
  • March 2014: Yanchun Yin successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Quantum Phase Amplification for Temporal Pulse Shaping and Super-Resolution in Remote Sensing”
  • March 2014: Kyle Hartig receives the G. T. Seaborg Institute Research Fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • March 2014: Michael Moore receives the Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship
  • March 2014: DOE/NNSA awards a $25M grant to the Consortium for Verification Technology led by the University of Michigan
  • February 2014: DTRA awards a $1.75M grant to a collaboration with the PSU Materials Science and Engineering to study radiation effects in novel 2D materials
  • January 2014: Jason Nattress joins the group as a graduate student and Michael Mayer as a postdoc
  • December 2013: Prof. Jovanovic appointed as Visiting Professor in the Medical School of the J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • August 2013: NSF/DNDO awards a $5M grant to the MIT-PSU-GATech collaboration to develop novel methods for low-dose inspection using accelerator-produced gamma-rays
  • August 2013: Ed Cazalas receives the Valentin T. Jordanov Radiation Instrumentation Travel Grant to present at the IEEE/Nuclear Science Symposium-Medical Imaging conference
  • July 2013: Scott Wandel receives the Nuclear Energy University Programs fellowship
  • June 2013: Nuclear Security Education Program announces first graduates (also here)
  • June 2013: Phyllis Ko receives an award from the DOE Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research
  • May 2013: Neel Kabadi (North Carolina State University) and Andrew Ganey (University of Florida) join the group as Toshiba-Westinghouse summer fellows
  • May 2013: Daniel Abercrombie receives the scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
  • April 2013: John Koglin receives the DHS Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship
  • April 2013: Phyllis Ko and Amanda Majcher receive Best Presentation Awards at the ANS Student Conference
  • February 2013: Mike Foxe successfully defends his dissertation entitled “Low-Energy Ionization Yield in Liquid Argon for a Coherent Neutrino-Nucleus Scatter Detector”
  • January 2013: Scott Wandel joins the group as a graduate student
  • December 2012: Jessica McNutt receives the DOE/NNSA Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship
  • December 2012: Phyllis Ko receives her M.S. degree
  • September 2012: Prof. Jovanovic appointed Chair of the Optical Sciences subcommittee for the 2013 OSA Annual Conference “Frontiers in Optics”
  • September 2012: John Koglin joins the group as a graduate student
  • July 2012: Phyllis Ko receives the J. D. Williams Best Student Poster Award at the INMM Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL
  • June 2012: Mike Foxe receives an award from the DOE Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research
  • June 2012: Daniel Abercrombie receives the ANS Accelerator Applications Division Scholarship
  • June 2012: Daniel Abercrombie (Penn State) and Ben Yee (UC Berkeley) join the group as Toshiba-Westinghouse summer fellows
  • May 2012: Prof. Jovanovic elected to the ANS Isotopes and Radiation Division Executive Committee
  • May 2012: Tim Jacomb-Hood receives the DHS Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship
  • January 2012: Phyllis Ko receives the Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship
  • December 2011: Kyle Hartig receives the DOE/NNSA Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship
  • November 2011: Abdurahim Rakhman joins the group as a postdoc
  • October 2011: Phyllis Ko receives a travel grant from the American Nuclear Society to attend the ANS Winter Meeting
  • October 2011: Guibao Xu joins the group as a postdoc
  • October 2011: DARPA awards a $7M grant to the UCLA-PSU-SLAC-RadiaBeam collaboration to develop a compact laser-driven dielectric accelerator
  • September 2011: Mike Foxe receives the IEEE Trainee Grant to attend the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium-Medical Imaging Conference
  • September 2011: Prof. Jovanovic appointed Chair of the Optical Sciences subcommittee for the 2012 OSA Annual Conference “Frontiers in Optics”
  • August 2011: Ed Cazalas, Kyle Hartig, and Jessica McNutt join the group as graduate students
  • July 2011: Ozhan Koybasi joins the group as a postdoc
  • June 2011: Amol Patil starts his new position as a scientist at Canberra
  • May 2011: Michael Saitta (Carnegie Melon University) and Hank Lamm (Kansas State University) join the group as Toshiba-Westinghouse summer fellows
  • April 2011: Phyllis Ko receives the DHS Graduate Fellowship
  • March 2011: Penn State’s Nuclear Engineering graduate program ranked fifth in the nation by the US News and World Report
  • March 2011: Prof. Jovanovic on CNBC “Street Signs” speaking on the safety of nuclear power
  • January 2011: Ming-wei Lin receives the Student Grant from the Particle Accelerator Conference
  • December 2010: Mike Foxe receives his M.S. degree
  • December 2010: Prof. Jovanovic publishes a tutorial on chirped-pulse amplification in Optik & Photonik journal by Wiley-VCH Verlag
  • November 2010: Prof. Jovanovic elected as the Assistant Program Chair of the Isotopes and Radiation Division of the American Nuclear Society
  • November 2010: Phyllis Ko initiates the Penn State Student Chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM)
  • August 2010: Prof. Jovanovic receives the Nuclear Forensics Junior Faculty Award from DHS
  • August 2010: Jovanovic Group completes move from Purdue University to Penn State University
  • April 2010: Yanchun Yin receives the Student Travel Grant from the American Nuclear Society
  • April 2010: John Boguski receives the Best Presentation Award at the ANS Student Conference and the ANS Undergraduate Fellowship
  • April 2010: Doug French receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • April 2010: Doug French receives the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Award from the Optical Society of America
  • April 2010: John Boguski and Charles Curtis receive NRC undergraduate fellowships
  • March 2010: Prof. Jovanovic receives the 2010 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship
  • January 2010: Jovanovic group receives two large research grants from DOE, Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development and DTRA, Basic and Applied Sciences Directorate
  • December 2009: Andy Huang and Doug French receive their M.S. degrees
  • August 2009: You Wu receives the Top 5 Presenters Award from the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program
  • June 2009: John Boguski receives the DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs Fellowship
  • May 2009: Mike Foxe receives the Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship from DHS/DOD
  • April 2009: Jessica Mintz receives the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship
  • April 2009: Mike Foxe receives the Best Presentation Award at the ANS Student Conference
  • February 2009: Caleb Roecker receives the NRC Fellowship
  • May 2008: Doug French receives the Ross Fellowship
  • March 2008: Prof. Jovanovic receives the DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • December 2007: Dr. Josh Walter receives the DTRA Postdoctoral Fellowship