Mark Walker is a nuclear engineering major who has interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as a recipient of the nationally prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and was named a University of Tennessee Torchbearer.
Mark's honors thesis is entitled, “Active Neutron Interrogation of Non-Radiological Materials with the Nuclear Materials Identification System." He will pursue a Ph.D. in public affairs with a concentration in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Mark spent Summer 2011 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he continued his work on a nuclear material imaging project. He is currently developing methods for identifying non-radiological materials inside shielded containers, the result being a system that can be used in nuclear arms treaty verification, the detection of nuclear materials, and the detection of explosives and drugs.
His honors thesis project will be part of this work. In fall 2011 Mark chaired the University of Tennessee Engineers’ Day in October, will serve as the president of the UTK student chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Materials management, which is focused on nuclear security, and will also be the treasurer of the American Nuclear Society student chapter on campus. Mark has also been working for Knoxville Opera Board of Directors on a program that will incentivize the participation of young people in the opera.