Berkeley Lab

IRC hosts Japanese students & faculty from Tokyo & Hiroshima universities

The IRC leadership and staff hosted a group of graduate students from the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Academy for Global Nuclear Safety and Security Agent (DOJO program), and a faculty member from the Lab of Forest Ecology from Hiroshima University.

On Monday, September 14, the DOJO students visited UC Berkeley to kick off an extended study tour of the United States. After presentations and a poster session in the morning, the students had the opportunity to tour the Advanced Light Source (led by Hiroshi Nishimura, ALS Staff Scientist), the 88-Inch Cyclotron (led by Brien Ninemire, 88-Inch Operations Group Leader), and a tour of the RadMAP truck, a research project of Professor Vetter’s Applied Nuclear Physics program at LBNL (led by IRC research associate, Joseph Curtis).


UCB Dept. of Nuclear Engineering graduate student, Anders Priest, presents on his research as part of the ANP program at LBNL.


IRC & ANP research associate, Joseph Curtis, explains the Radiological Multi-Sensor Analysis Platform (RadMAP) to a DOJO student.










Dr. Masaki Saito, Director of the DOJO program, also met with IRC Director, Kai Vetter, to discuss avenues for collaboration, as many of the DOJO students are working on research related to the Fukushima decontamination effort.

On Wednesday, September 16th, IRC hosted Professor Toshinori Okuda from Hiroshima University. Professor Okuda is also part of the Phoenix Leader Education Program (Hiroshima Initiative) for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster, and teaches a radioactivity environmental protection course as part of their program.


Professor Vetter and Professor Okuda tour the former reactor room (currently home to several experiments) in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley.


Professor Vetter shows Professor Okuda one of the portable detectors currently under development by graduate students in his ANP program.










Professor Okuda met with Director Vetter and toured the radiation teaching and research laboratories in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. During this tour, he met with the DoseNet and RadWatch teams, including Ali Hanks and Ryan Pavlovsky, and also met with several other IRC staff, including Erica Woodburn, to learn about ongoing research in the Institute.


Professor Okuda poses with Professor Vetter and members of the DoseNet and RadWatch teams.


DoseNet postdoc and co-lead, Ali Hanks, shows Professor Okuda the preliminary web platform that will aggregate data from the dosimeter network throughout the Bay Area.