- Ph.D., Health Physics/Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1978
- M.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1970
- B.S., Math & Physics, St. Procopius College, 1969
Joe Shonka has worked in nuclear engineering and health physics for over 30 years, including extensive experience at three of the National Laboratories. His areas of expertise include instrumentation, shielding, accelerator safety, reactor physics and health physics, and regulatory and licensing support. Joe was a senior member of the Oak Ridge Health Studies Dose Reconstruction team. His responsibilities included support for the development of the iodine source term from radioactive lanthanum (RaLa) processing, including development of reactor physics and core inventory model for the historic Oak Ridge Graphite Reactor and a process chemistry model to predict iodine releases from processing activities. In addition, he was responsible for estimating uranium releases from the K-25 Site and for directing the systematic document search of historical documentation from all ORR sites. As a senior member of the team for the Environmental Dose Reconstruction at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), Joe developed and implemented the database for materials released from the INEL as well as procedures for recording information for inclusion. He also performed oversight of the document retrieval effort at INEL and the Seattle Federal Records Center, and conducted interviews with key active and retired personnel.