Health Physicist of the Year

Nominees for this award shall be applied Health Physicist who were employed within the geographic region covered by the Columbia Chapter Health Physics Society (CCHPS) during the calendar year for which the award is made. The nominees shall have contributed significantly to the field of Health Physics. Criteria include excellence in one or more of the following:

  • research or development,
  • discovery or invention,
  • unusual judgment or heroism,
  • teaching or training, and
  • devotion to health physics, or other contributions to the profession of health physics.

2018 Health Physicist of the Year

Claude Landes

Over the course of 2016/2017 Claude developed waste transfer monitoring plans for waste movement among single shell tanks at the Hanford Tank Farms. Most of the waste is a highly radioactive liquid comprised of a wide mix of nuclides. The waste is pumped by remote control through a complex series of underground lines and valve pits. Any mishap involving the waste can have catastrophic consequences in terms of worker dose and environmental impact.

Claude developed radiation protection plans for multiple waste transfers. In the process he published over 30 technical documents which detailed the flow path, anticipated dose rates, shielding analysis and dose rate limits. All of the transfers were successful and the Health Physics Technicians had clear direction on survey criteria as a result of Claude’s efforts. Managing the transfer monitoring plans without incident is a significant accomplishment and is well deserving of the Health Physicist of the Year award.

2017 Russ Lauber

2016 Bonnie Harder

2011 Thomas Hogg

2009 William Decker

2008 Bobby McDaniel

2007 Edward Traverso

2007 David Andrews

2006 Woody Buckner

2006 Steph Livesey

2005 Tracy Eaton

2005 Owen Berglund

2004 William J. Knight

2004 Dan S. Mantooth

2003 Steven C. Snyder

2002 Kevin C. Funke

2001 Myra P. Long

2000 Steven K. DeMers

1999 Larry O. Waggoner