Kara M Godsey

Associate Staff Member

Kara Godsey joined the Radiation Transport Group in 2019 and works as an Associate Staff Member. She received her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2016 and her M.S. in Environmental Health Physics from Clemson University in 2019. In 2015, during her undergraduate studies, Kara interned with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) working on the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL). This internship consisted of using the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) code suite to simulate the start-up physics behavior of Watts Bar Unit 2. In 2017, she interned with U.S. ITER, designing and evaluating shielding configurations for the Ion Cyclotron Heating System. During her graduate studies, Kara worked as a graduate research assistant evaluating the environmental impacts of constructing, operating, and decommissioning a small modular reactor (SMR) using the life cycle assessment approach. In her current position with the Radiation Transport Group, Kara focuses primarily on evaluating the safety and performance of HFIR targets as well as on performing shut down dose rate (SDDR), shielding, and heating evaluations to meet the needs of U.S. ITER.