United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Kathryn A. Higley

Dr. Higley is a Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University.  Her fields of interest include environmental transport and fate of radionuclides; radioecology; radiochemistry; radiation dose assessment; neutron activation analysis; nuclear emergency response; and environmental regulations.

She has held both Reactor Operator and Senior Reactor Operator’s licenses, and is a former Reactor Supervisor for the Reed College TRIGA reactor. Dr. Higley has been at Oregon State University since 1994 teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on radioecology, dosimetry, radiation protection, radiochemistry, and radiation biology.

She is vice-chair of the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s Committee 5 (protection of the environment);  a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP); a fellow of the Health Physics Society; and, a Certified Health Physicist.

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