Ryan is finishing his undergraduate degree from Seaton Hill University and will be attending graduate school this coming fall at Penn State. He worked on nuclear forensic sciene with Professor Bill Connick and his graduate student Staci Herman.
His resarch was centered on determination of quench in Cherenkov counting of soil samples. He compared the effects of strontium-90, a long lasting radio nucleotide, on urban rubble to that of samples from calcium based soil. He used ICP-MS data to detect, which elements remain in the post column sample other than the strontium-90 in hopes to reduce quenching.
Ryan presented his work at the ACS meeting in New Orleans spring 2018.
Below is a video of Ryan describing his experience in the REU program