United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Kathryn A. Higley

Kathryn Higley is a Professor and Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Higley received both her Ph.D. and M.S. in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University, and her B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College. 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 started her career as a Radioecologist for Portland General Electric. She later worked for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Research Scientist in the area of environmental health physics. Dr. Higley has been at Oregon State University since 1994 teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on radioecology, dosimetry, radiation protection, radiochemistry, and radiation biology. 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 is Chair of Committee 5 (Protection of the Environment) of the International Commission on Radiological Protection; a Council Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements; a fellow of the Health Physics Society; and, a Certified Health Physicist.
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