Daniel Hamm received a B.S. (2014) and M.S. (2016) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate, Daniel served as the Vice President for the Honors Ambassadors Program, Treasurer for the UT Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and Vice-President/co-founder of the UT Chapter of the Health Physics Society. He was awarded the Arthur and Nellie Hord Scholarship, UT Service Award for Academic Excellence, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship. Additionally, he was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Nu Sigma Honors Societies. Upon acceptance to the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program, Daniel was awarded the Chancellor's Fellowship and Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) Fellowship for graduate research.
Daniel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering as an NEUP fellow. His research focuses on the development of a novel semiconductor material, Lithium Indium Diselenide (LISe), as a neutron-sensitive radiation detector for applications in nuclear security. As a member of a development team consisting of contributors from UTK, Y-12 National Security Complex, Fisk University, and Vanderbilt University, development of this material as a thermal neutron imaging system was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 R&D 100 awards.
Upon completion of his doctoral degree, Daniel hopes to remain in East Tennessee continuing his research into new radiation detection techniques for applications in nuclear security, medical imaging, and neutron radiography. Long-term aspirations include a combination of research, management, academia, and entrepreneurial ventures. Daniel and his wife, Molly, take full advantage of East Tennessee living with frequent trips to Market Square, the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood, and Neyland Stadium in the fall.