Stacy L Queern

Project Integration & Material Accountability Group Leader

Dr. Stacy Queern has B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a focus on nuclear/radiochemistry from Washington University St. Louis. Dr. Queern is currently a group leader for the Project Integration and Material Accountability (PIMA) Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division. The PIMA Group helps coordinate and facilitate work, assisting project managers, principal investigators, researchers and others with work planning, control and integration. This could include cost estimates and feasibility studies; locating and scheduling needed space for a project; developing work control, planning and coordination accountable material transactions; and ensuring compliance with DOE Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMC&A) regulations.

Dr. Queern started her career at ORNL as a postdoc in 2019 studying the separation of Pm147 from Nd. In 2020, she was hired on as an associated radiochemist in the Radiochemical Process Development Group and promoted to staff scientist in 2022. Stacy served as a project manager for Ni-63, C-14, Ho-166m and Pm-147 and the backup project manager for Ac-225 from Th-229 generators. As a project manager, she led the project development team, provides cost estimates, project update, coordinates work across several different groups, and did hands on work including making targets, performing chemical separation, and dispensing of the final product. She supported the efforts of Ac-225 (Th-229 produced) shift to cGMP and continues to help support the lead Ac-225 project manager as needed. Dr. Queern's addition roles included being a lab space manager in a category 2 facility, instrumentation manager for the ICP-OES, participating in the local emergency squad, and volunteering in community outreach.

Prior to arriving at ORNL, Dr. Queern completed her thesis on Radiolabeled Nanohydroxyapatite as a Platform for the Development of New PET Imaging Agents under the leadership of Dr. Suzanne E. Lapi at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Dr. Queern projects included the production and separation of 89Zr and photonuclear reactions for the production of 15O in collaboration with ACSI, BNL, and IU.