About the Instructors of Nevada Technical Associates, Inc.

Dr. Robert Holloway formed Nevada Technical Associates, Inc. in 1994 and the company has been providing technical short courses since that time. Prior to that, he was employed by the Environmental Protection Agency in Las Vegas, Nevada as a laboratory supervisor in radiochemistry, in work related to radiation monitoring near the Nevada Test Site. He has also occasionally taught radiochemistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has more than 25 years experience in radiochemistry and environmental monitoring. He has published numerous scientific papers on radioactivity in the environment.

Ted Allen is a Certified Health Physicist with more than 30 years experience in the nuclear industry. He started his career in the nuclear Navy and has been employed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Co.

Dr. Hermon Rao is President of Nuclear Technology Services, Inc., a full service calibration and radiological laboratory in Roswell, Georgia. He has over 25 years experience in the nuclear industry, mostly in the nuclear power industry.

Dr. Andrew Karam Dr. Andrew Karam is a Certified Health Physicist with over 35 years of experience in his field and with over 30 years of experience as an educator for military, university, and professional students as well as over 15 years of experience teaching for NTA. Dr. Karam’s experience includes 8 years in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, including managing the radiation safety program on a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. He has also worked as a regulator for the State of Ohio, served as the Manager of Radiological Services for an environmental consulting company, and served as Radiation Safety Officer at the University of Rochester for several years – in addition to starting up and running a radiological consulting company for several years. Most recently, he has worked in New York City on topics relating to radiological and nuclear counterterrorism and emergency response planning. This last set of skills was put to use when he traveled to Japan in the aftermath of the nuclear accident in Fukushima to provide assistance to medical and emergency responders. In addition to his work, Dr. Karam has authored over two dozen scientific publications, a number of book chapters, 17 books for general audiences, and several hundred magazine, blog, and encyclopedia articles on various aspects of science – not to mention his many scientific and technical presentations to both scientific and general audiences. Dr. Karam is also active in his profession, having served on the Board of Directors of his professional organization (the Health Physics Society) and he currently serves as the Website Manager for the International Radiation Protection Association.

Kenneth Smith is currently the Research Safety Manager for the University of California at San Diego. He was a Radiation Safety Officer for a research university and has 18 years of experience in radiation safety. He has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduate coursework in Health Physics from San Jose State University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Roger Sit is the Radiation Safety Officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a board-certified Health Physicist and has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was previously employed at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the University of California, San Francisco; and has more than 25 years of experience in research, medical, and accelerator health physics.

Charles W. Scott is a Certified Health Physicist and is the RSO for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He was previously employed by the Savannah River Site and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. He has an MPH from the University of South Carolina in Industrial Hygiene/Health Physics and a BS from The Citadel. He has more than 20 years experience in radiation protection including experience in Decontamination and Decommissioning.

Dr. Ron Thompson is retired from Louisiana Technical University where he was the Radiation Safety Officer and Director of the Nuclear Center. He has broad experience in the area of radiation safety and is the author of numerous scientific papers in the area of radionuclides in the environment. His Ph.D. is in chemistry from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Don Hastings received his Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from the University of Missouri. He has developed and taught training courses in industrial radiography and related subjects. He has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg, Ohio. He was formerly Executive Director of the American Soceity for Nondestructive Testing, in Columbus, Ohio.

Instructors Wanted – We welcome resumes from those who may be interested in teaching short courses similar to the ones we offer. We are especially interested in instructors who can teach courses that we do not currently offer. Certification in Health Physics or an advanced degree in a closely related field are minimum requirements. This is a part time position only and can best be filled by someone who is currently employed but who has the time to work a few weeks each year in our courses.

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