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Dr. Daniel Clayton is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the Project Manager of the Radioisotope Power Systems Launch Safety group, simulating and predicting behavior of nuclear components during space launch accidents at Sandia. Most recently his team produced the Final Safety Analysis Report in support of the Mars 2020 mission. He also is the principle investigator for analyses of severe accidents in nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities and the environmental transport of radiological releases, as well as the health and economic consequences of such releases. Dr. Clayton received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. His areas of expertise include atmospheric transport and dispersion, CFD modeling, consequence analysis, launch accident sequencing, model development/coding, and risk assessments.
A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia's mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact. Sandia is committed to hiring the nation’s best and brightest, equipping them with world class tools and facilities while providing opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines. To ensure our fundamental science and engineering core is vibrant and cutting edge, Sandia has chosen to invest in the following research foundations: Bioscience, Computing and Information Science, Engineering Science, Geoscience, Materials Science, Nanodevices and Microsystems, Radiation Effects and High Energy Density Science. These diverse research areas enable a multidisciplinary approach to resolve emerging national security problems.
- Advanced Test Reactor Complex, the nation’s premier resource for fuels and material irradiation testing, nuclear safety research and nuclear isotope production;.
- Materials and Fuels Complex, the center of DOE’s advanced nuclear fuel development initiatives and post-irradiation capabilities;.
- Research and Education Campus, the front door to INL and the center of INL’s computing capabilities, with a variety of research, administrative, educational and technical support facilities.
INL is responding to the growing demands of our modern world with innovations in transportation systems, renewable energy integration, advanced manufacturing, biomass feedstock assembly and environmental sustainability. INL also helps the U.S. departments of Defense and Homeland Security by using its unique capabilities to support efforts to secure industrial control systems from cyber and nuclear threats, develop advanced nuclear facility safeguards, and design advanced wireless sensors and protocols. INL enables explosives impact analysis, armor development and radiological training. To enrich and focus this research and development portfolio, INL is committed to collaboration with regional, national and international leaders in academia, industry and government.