Ph.D. Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2003 M.S. Health Physics, University of Cincinnati,1999 B.S. Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, 1997
At Oregon State 2007-2011, 2014
Dr. Palmer’s professional interests emphasize international nuclear security and nonproliferation, where she closely collaborates with the Oregon State School of Public Policy. Since 2015, she has served as the faculty advisor for the Oregon State student chapter of the Institute for Nuclear Material Management (INMM). Her current research includes investigating robotic applications for nuclear safeguards, introducing new analytical techniques for nuclear forensics, and nuclear forensic signature development.
Palmer began her career performing nuclear weapons effects simulations to quantify test parameters to comply with Air Force nuclear survivability requirements (Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, 2003-2006). This position subsequently led her to Los Alamos National Lab where she has served two different stints. In 2006-2007 she was a Technical Staff Member in the Thermonuclear Applications Group (X-2) supporting the Air Force Team’s predictive capabilities for weapon design. As a part of the Stockpile Stewardship effort, she contributed to weapon code validation and verification simulating the secondary stage of the W-78. Returning in 2011, Dr. Palmer used her experience in the National Technical Nuclear Forensics team (XTD-4) analyzing post-detonation signatures of foreign and improvised nuclear devices. In her time in X-Division she was mentored by physicists with experience performing nuclear weapons tests, and was trained as a student of the Theoretical Institute for Thermonuclear and Nuclear Studies (TITANS). She is a current member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI).