Joshua A. Handley

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Joshua A. Handley

Assistant Professor
Senior Research
Nuclear Science and Engineering

Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University (2023)
M.S. Nuclear Engineering, L’Ecole des Mines de Nantes (2015)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology (2010)

Joshua Handley’s professional and research interests include next-generation radiation detector design, rapid prototyping, large-scale monitoring systems, and novel analysis techniques. With a focus on gamma spectroscopy and the mission space of Homeland Security and nationwide monitoring operations, Handley’s interests include the use of robotics and autonomous systems for deploying sensors to hazardous or difficult to access areas, reducing the needs for personnel to perform those dirty, dull, or dangerous tasks.

Handley began his career at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, as the engineering lead managing the non-destructive analysis systems on-site, specifically systems for active/passive neutron assay, gamma spectroscopy, process control, and digital radiography. Handley was then selected for an EU-funded research fellowship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. At CERN, Handley worked with the ATLAS detector group on single photon counting sensors (Timepix) for use in real-time gamma imaging applications using coded apertures to localize high-activity sources (the focus of his M.S. and Ph.D. work). Overall, Handley has over 12 years of industry R&D experience designing new gamma spectroscopy instruments and analysis systems, many of which are used worldwide, before completing his Ph.D. at Oregon State University and joining the department in 2023.