Kenneth M. Hanson - Résumé

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ph.D. in Physics, October 1970
M.S. in Physics, June 1967
Thesis advisor - Prof. Richard Wilson
Thesis title - Quasi-Elastic Electron-Deuteron Scattering

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Bach. Eng. Physics, June 1963

Work Experience

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Guest Scientist from October 2016
Consultant from January 2011 to September 2016
Guest Scientist from January 2008 to March 2010
Laboratory Associate from January 2005 to January 2008
Staff member from October 1975 to July 2004
Project Leader for Radiographic Diagnostics (AGEX I) from 1998 to 2001

With the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division (since 2016), mentored post-doctoral researchers on various topics, including reconstruction, imaging and data analysis.

With the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division (2011-2016), as consultant mentored post-doctoral geophysicists on medical-imaging issues for an ultrasound breast-imaging project.

In the Theoretical (T) Division (from 2004 to 2008), assessed the uncertainties in neutron cross sections derived from experimental measurements. Developed methods to deal with systematic uncertainties in cross-section normalization, and data sets that disagree with each other in terms of their normalization; how to cope with outliers. Demonstrated that the distribution of historical lifetime data for several fundamental particles is decidedly non-Gaussian, but possesses a long tail, consistent with a Student t distribution.

In the Computer and Computational Sciences (CCS) Division (from 2001 to 2004), worked on a methodology for quantifying the uncertainties in simulation-code predictions, and on the first Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) validation milestone. Organized several conferences including the Quantification of Uncertainties in Physics Simulations (LANL, Sept. 2002) and the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium (San Diego, February 2002, 2003, and 2004).

In the Dynamic Testing (M) Division, later called DX-Division (from 1980 to 2001) studied problems in computed tomography, coded apertures, restoration of blurred images, quantitative analysis of radiographs, characterization of image quality, 3D tomographic reconstruction using deformable geometric models, and verification and validation of simulation codes. Co-developer of the Bayes Inference Engine, the principle analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs acquired in DX Division and at the Atomic Weapons Establishemnt in the United Kingdom.

In Meson Physics Division (1975 - 1980) supervised experiments to demonstrate feasibility, dose advantage, and imaging characteristics of proton computed tomography. Developed methods for characterizing image quality and established the quantitative connection between them and the performance of visual tasks. Helped develop visualizaiton techniques for pion therapy. Participated in experiments to accurately measure multiple-Coulomb-scattering distributions.

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Research associate, Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, from October 1970 to October 1975
Participated in numerous experiments in high-energy photoproduction and electroproduction.

Instructor, Physics Department, Spring 1972 and Fall 1972
Taught undergraduate physics and advanced physics laboratory.


Author of 168 publications; 52 in peer-reviewed journals, two book chapters, and conference organizer and editor of nine proceedings; 123 papers in the fields of imaging science and tomographic reconstruction, eight on simulation-code validation, six on nuclear physics, and 31 in the field of experimental electro- and photo-production of elementary particles.

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