Maria Betti, Brent Park Headline INMM Annual Meeting Opening Plenary

Maria Betti, Director of the European Commission G Nuclear Safety and Security, and JRC Karlsruhe Site, and Brent Park, Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, will be the opening plenary speakers at the 59th INMM Annual Meeting.  The opening plenary will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Also at the opening, the INMM will recognize the 10th anniversary of WINS, the World Institute for Nuclear Security, and Will Tobey, chair of the WINS Board of Directors, will speak.

Maria Betti

Dr. Betti was appointed Director of G Nuclear Safety and Security and the JRC Karlsruhe site in July of 2016. The mission of the JRC Directorate G for Nuclear Safety and Security is the implementation of the JRC Euratom Research and Training Programme, and the maintenance and dissemination of nuclear competencies in Europe to serve both ''nuclear'' and ''non-nuclear'' member states. JRC Directorate G supports the relevant policy DGs with independent, technical and scientific evidence in the areas of nuclear safety, security and safeguards.

She has also held positions as Director of the EC Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements, the Director of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories, and EC Head of Sector - Analytical Chemistry - at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (DG Joint Research Centre). In addition, she served the Italian National Research Council and the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa, Italy, where she continued to lecture until 2012.  

She obtained her Doctoral degree in Chemistry with a specialization in environmental, instrumental and radiochemistry, from the University of Pisa in 1984. She has authored 120 publications in the field of analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, environmental/instrumental chemistry as well as nuclear safeguards in international journals with high impact of factors. She also authored several chapters in scientific books and has participated in numerous international conferences as an invited speaker. In 2012 she was the international winner of the "Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l'Année" for the establishment after the RIO+20 summit of the International Centre on Ocean Acidification at the IAEA office in the Principality of Monaco. From 2004 to 2008 she chaired the JRC Women and Science Network. Most recently, in November 2016, Betti was honored with the Magnificent Distinction by the Ordre de Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco).

Brent Park

Dr. Brent K. Park serves as the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. He is a nuclear physicist with extensive experience in congressional and executive branch interactions. Dr. Park collaborates with and advises representatives of the U.S. national defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities in the application of advanced technologies to fulfill national security missions. 

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Park served as Associate Laboratory Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), leading the science-to-application efforts for the laboratory’s national security programs. He was responsible for DOE/NNSA programs at ORNL.

Before joining ORNL, he was the director of DOE/NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL), where he led efforts to advance and field cutting-edge diagnostics and communications instruments in support of counterterrorism and radiological incident response for the nation. Earlier, he managed and contributed to basic and applied research programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the areas of defense nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear emergency search team activities, modeling and analysis for nuclear weapons engineering efforts in support of stockpile stewardship, nuclear weapons physics, and basic physics research.

Dr. Park earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in physics with an emphasis on remote sensing at Indiana State University. Later he shifted the direction of his research to nuclear physics and earned a second master’s degree at Indiana University. He performed his thesis experiment using the spallation neutron source at LANL and earned a doctorate in physics from Ohio University.