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Katrina Koehler

Houghton professor Katrina Koehler standing in classroom.

Katrina Koehler

Assistant Professor of Physics

Dr. Koehler’s research interests include using cryogenic low temperature detectors to explore basic properties of atomic and nuclear physics and measure special nuclear material in support of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation. Her research focuses on data analysis and algorithm development in collaboration with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Other research interests include advanced analysis algorithms and simulation of neutron multiplicity data and process monitoring to support domestic and international safeguards.

Katrina Koehler CV


Honors and Awards

  • R&D 100 Award in the Mechanical/Materials category for the Hyperspectral X-ray Imaging (HXI) detector (2023)
  • R&D 100 Award in the IT/Electrical category for a Spectrometer Optimized for Facility Integrated Applications (SOFIA) (2022)
  • 2022 Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award for contributions to the Trinity anniversary special issue of Nuclear Technology
  • LTD18 Young Researcher Poster Award – 2nd Place at the 18th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors
  • George E. Bradley Award for exceptional overall performance with particular emphasis on excellence in research at Western Michigan University
  • Charles J. Wilcox Memorial for academic achievement at Western Michigan University

Courses Taught

  • General Physics I
  • General Physics II
  • Data for Good
  • Project Lab
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modern Physics

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