Kyle Hartig, Ph.D.

Kyle Hartig, Ph.D.
Project Title
National and Nuclear Security
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Time Commitment
1-5 hours/week ,6-10 hours/week ,Variable
Depends on lab funding Paid Research Credit
Location of Research
Possible Co-Authorship

Project Description

Unlike many groups on campus in which undergraduate researchers are expected to contribute to an on-going project, if you decide to do research with me, you will have the opportunity to lead your own project that you will conduct with my tutelage/assistance/encouragement/interference. If you so choose, you may be partnered with a graduate student on an existing project that will allow you to gain experience with the research process and build skills necessary to lead a successful individual effort. 

Students participating in research in my group will have the unique opportunity to perform research in support of national and nuclear security and interact directly with federal agency sponsors as well as national laboratory and government agency stakeholders. The majority of the graduate students in my group are DoD SMART Fellows and came from successful undergraduate programs (my own group and others) where they received undergraduate fellowships, scholarships, and prestigious internships. As a member of my group, you will have the opportunity to leverage my groups connections and success to achieve your education and career goals.

Based on my experience, I believe that the research topics listed below could very well yield interesting and perhaps even publishable results in a journal or for presentation at an exciting conference.

  • Drone-based radiation detection: Under a Department of Defense grant we are developing a student grand-challenge (competition) related to radionuclide plume tracking. To enable this challenge, we are developing a radiation detection system that will ultimately be implemented on a drone platform for detection, characterizing and tracking the radionuclide plume released by the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR). Students on this project will get experience in radiation detection, drones, system integration, electronics, data acquisition, machine learning, and research collaboration among many others.
  • Optical and radiofrequency detonation detection: This project, which is funded by the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration, is aimed at detecting and characterizing nuclear detonation events using optical (visible and near-IR wavelengths) and radiofrequency (RF) emissions. Additionally, the group is developing several laser ablation and laser produced plasmas as testbeds for investigating the physics, chemistry, and phenomenology associated with nuclear and chemical detonations. Students involved in this project may gain experience in laser physics, optical spectroscopy, nuclear detonations, machine learning, data acquisition, and research collaboration among others.
  • Special projects: As stated earlier, students working in the group are more than welcome to lead their own effort and several ideas exist that you may be interested in leading.
    • Sensor fusion – Fusing of multiple sensors for extracting features of interests and anomalies.
    • Optical sensing – Analysis of spectra using machine learning and ab initio modeling.
    • Detonation modeling – Assisting in a collaboration with MAE Department on laser produced plasma modeling and simulation.
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