Program Head, Faculty Senior Scientist
Kai Vetter is Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Senior Scientist and Head of the Applied Nuclear Physics program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He oversees research in the development and demonstration of new concepts and technologies in radiation detection and imaging to address some of the outstanding challenges in fundamental sciences, nuclear security and safety, and health. In addition, he is the director of the Institute for Resilient Communities and its Berkeley Radwatch and DoseNet programs which were established in response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011.
During his postdoctoral tenure at LBNL he helped to develop the concept of gamma-ray tracking for nuclear physics experiments which resulted in the Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array GRETA which is currently be constructed as one of the core instruments for the new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams FRIB at Michigan State University. After 7 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he returned to LBNL and established the Applied Nuclear Physics group which in 2011 became the Applied Nuclear Physics program.
Ph.D. Nuclear Physics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 1995