Yacouba Diawara

Distinguished R&D Staff Member and Group Leader, Detector Group, Neutron Instrument Technology Section, Neutron Technologies Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate

Yacouba Diawara is currently the Detector Group leader. He received his Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc in Physics from the University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (Canada) in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He completed his PhD in Engineering Physics from Montréal Ecole Polytechnique in 1990 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at INRS-Energie (Canada, 1991-1992).
As a research scientist, he has led several R&D or Engineering Groups for different organizations such as the Montréal Ecole Polytechnique (1992-1996), Bruker AXS (Madison, WI. 1997-2009 as detector group leader), the Spallation Neutron Source (2009-2013 as the detector group leader), the IAEA Nuclear Science and Instrumentation laboratory Head (2013-2016) and the DOE NBL Program office Director (2016-2018). These different Groups developed many commercial radiation (x-ray, gamma-ray, charged particle and neutron) detectors which are currently used in scientific instruments and beamlines.
Yacouba Diawara has authored and co-authored over 80 publications and communications. He holds six US patents and two R&D 100 awards.

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