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Bob Burns

Document Analyst

Bob Burns is a Q-cleared document analyst for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project. He has also developed the databases used internally by members of the project team for management of the data retrieval effort.

  • Certified Health Physicist, American Board of Health Physics, 1994 (re-certified through 2002)
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988

Bob Burns has over ten years experience in laboratory management and consulting in radiation dosimetry, radiation transport and shielding, radiation metrology, and instrumentation. He has been with Shonka Research Associates since 1993. Bob was responsible for estimation of radionuclide inventories for RaLa processing activities conducted at X-10 from 1944-1956 for the Oak Ridge Dose Reconstruction Project. This task included modeling neutron flux distributions in the X-10 and Hanford production reactors and fuel slugs, in addition to the fission product inventory calculations for processed fuel. It also included uncertainty analyses. Bob was a document analyst for Phase I of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project. His responsibilities included identifying documents relevant to the dose reconstruction effort in the areas of radioactive and chemical releases to various environmental pathways. Bob has provided support in two litigation cases involving releases of radioactive materials from nuclear facilities. The support has been in the areas of source term development, uncertainty analysis and dose reconstruction. He has also performed radiation dose assessments to consider the impact of releasing materials containing residual radioactivity from nuclear facilities.

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