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Shirley Johnson visits WiN IAEA

WiN IAEA cordially invites you to attend an afternoon talk with Ms Shirley Johnson, a former Safeguards Inspector at the IAEA. The title of the talk is “My insights into reprocessing technologies and some challenges of implementing international safeguards”.
When: Wednesday 27th November 2013, 16:00-17:00                                                                                    
Where: MOE19 
Join us later for a drink at the VIC Bar from 17:00!

Short Biography for Shirley Johnson


Received a BS in Chemistry from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and did graduate studies in separations chemistry at the Hanford Graduate Center in Richland, Washington.


Professional Work

From 1969-1979 was employed as a chemist at the Hanford Nuclear Site, near Richland, Washington, working in the areas of analytical support, separations techniques and waste management.


From 1979-1982 was employed as a chemist in the Nuclear Physics Group with EG&G at the Idaho National Engineer Labs, near Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Work was primarily focused on the 3 Mile Island recovery efforts.


From 1982 to retirement in April 2007 was employed as a safeguards inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, specializing in reprocessing safeguards, primarily in Germany and Japan, and design verification.

-          1982 - 1989:  Safeguards inspector/ Facility Officer for reprocessing in Germany;

-          1989 - 1995:  Unit Head for reprocessing in Japan;

-          1991/1992:  Was a member of the 4th inspection team into Iraq with the mission to evaluate their plutonium separation capabilities;

-          1995 - 1998:  Acting Section Head for reprocessing, and power and research reactors in Japan;

-          2001 to 2006:  Head of the JNFL Project Office with the mission to develop a safeguards approach for RRP; 

-          April 2006 to April 2007:  Section Head for SGOB1 responsible for Canada, Switzerland, India and Pakistan and SQP states in Africa.


During May 2007 worked at Princeton University to develop possible FMCT verification approaches for reprocessing plants in nuclear weapon states.


In September 2007 established consulting firm, Tucker Creek Consulting, working in the area of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues.  Currently working on issues concerned with:  verification of an FMCT; safeguards by design; process monitoring; safeguards for pyro-processes; design verification; Pu measurements in spent fuel; SSAC guidelines; and an invited guest lecturer at universities in the area of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation.


Have authored and co-authored more than 30 scientific publications.


Professional Societies

Professional memberships in American Chemical Society, American Nuclear Society, and Institute for Nuclear Materials Management. Have held local, national and international offices.