Michael C Wright

Group Leader, Radiation Detection and Imaging

Dr. Michael C. Wright is Leader of the Nuclear Material Detection and Characterization Group at ORNL, consisting of more than thirty scientists, engineers, technicians, and students working in a wide range of topics in radiation detection and measurement, with a particular focus on work with Special Nuclear Materials.  He has more than 30 years experience in radiation detection and measurement, instrument system development, and systems integration. He regularly serves as a subject matter expert for DOE and DHS. In recent years, he was the Characterization Scientist for DNDO’s Intelligent Radiation Sensor System (IRSS) ATD and the Advanced Radiation Monitoring Device (ARMD) ATD. Dr. Wright was a member of the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Independent Review Team, which presented its results in person to the DHS Secretary. He was the Rad/Nuc subject matter expert on the DHS Regional Technology Integration Initiative team that studied the Memphis urban area, and a member the DNDO Regional Reachback team performing 24/7 on-call spectral analyses. He was most recently Principle Investigator for the DOE NA-22 project Feasibility and Demonstration of a Cloud-Based RIID Analysis System to move spectral analysis and situation awareness into the “Cloud”. Dr. Wright holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Duke University.