Current Team Members

Past Team Members

Current Team Members

Doug Dasher  
Doug Dasher

Environmental Engineer Associate II
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
610 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709-3643

Email: ddasher@envircon.state.ak.us
Phone: (907) 451-2170
Fax: (907) 47 1 - 5146

Douglas Dasher is project manager for the Radiation Monitoring section of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). He is a civil engineering graduate of Texas Tech University, and has worked for the Department for 18 years.

Dr. John Kelley

 
John Kelley

Professor
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Institute of Marine Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

Email: ffjjk@uaf.edu
Phone: (907) 474-5585
Fax: (907) 474-7204

Dr. Kelley has been conducting programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the past 20 years focused on encouraging minority and especially Alaska Native students to pursue careers in science, math and engineering. His training is in the fields of geophysics and geochemistry applied to the ocean and atmosphere. He received his undergraduate training at the Pennsylvania State University and doctorate at the University of Nagoya, Japan. His research interests are in the fields of trace gases and contaminants and radioactivity. He has also served as Director of the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory and more recently Director of the National Science Foundation Polar Ice Coring Office. He is currently the principal investigator of the ORION program (Alaska Risk from Russian Nuclear Reactors) supported through the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
Dr. A. Sathy Naidu  
Professor
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Institute of Marine Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

Email: ffsan@uaf.edu
Phone: (907) 474-7032
Fax: (907) 474-7204

Sathy Naidu is a professor with the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His primary research interest during the past 32 years has been on sedimentary processes in the arctic continental margin and basin. His interests have included clay mineralogy, trace element geochemistry and carbon isotope ratios in sediments. More recently, he has been monitoring mercury in marine and freshwater fish. He has published more than 60 articles, including several chapters in special volumes. Sathy is involved in the Alaska Native student internship program, is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and a life Member of Claire Hall, University of Cambridge (U. K.).
Dr. Vikas Sonwalkar  
Dr. Vikas Sonwalker
Professor
Electrical Engineering
Institute of Marine Science
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

Email: ffvss@uaf.edu
Phone: (907) 474-7276
Fax: (907) 474-5135
Vikas is a professor of Electrical Engineering at UAF. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986. Before coming to UAF in 1995, he taught and researched at Stanford University. His research interests include space physics, remote sensing, acoustics, and digital signal processing. He is author of more than 80 research papers. He directs the analysis of high resolution gamma ray data obtained from the ORION station at UAF. He is also involved in developing ways to power the ORION station in a remote environment.

View his website: http://www.faculty.uaf.edu/ffvss/.

Michael Lilly  
Michael Lilly

Principal
Geo-Watershed Scientific
P.O. Box 81538
Fairbanks, Alaska 99708

Email: mlilly@gwscientific.com
Tel: (907) 479-8891
Fax: (907) 479-8893

Michael has been working in Alaska for more than 20 years on arctic, hydrologic and environmental programs. Educational background includes Texas A&M University (BS Geology) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (MS Hydrogeology). Experience includes seven years managing regional hydrology and environmental projects in the Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright area. Current projects include investigations across the North Slope, Shishmaref, Fairbanks, and Anaktuvuk Pass.

Gary Whitton

 
Gary Whitton

President
Engineering and Environmental Internet Solutions
530 7th Ave. Suite 1
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Email: gwhitton@eeinternet.com
Phone: (907) 456-5581
Fax: (907) 456-3111

Mr. Whitton is the primary website developer for EEInternet. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.S. in Geography. Mr. Whitton has worked since 1995 as an Internet developer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Geological Survey and EEInternet.

Past Team Members

Margaret Cysewski  
Margaret Cysewski
Margaret Cysewski graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in the summer of 2007 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Arctic Engineering which will be completed in the Fall of 2009. Then she will continue toward a PhD. Her Masters research is on the History of Permafrost Engineering in the Fairbanks area. Her graduate internship has been with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab. During her time with ORION (2004-2005), she worked on the Wadeable Streams, Tutorials on Environmental Radiation, the ORION website, and various other projects.
Richard David  
Richard David graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2007 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Currently, he employed with the Corp of Engineers on Fort Wainwright. During his time with ORION (2005-2006), he worked on the Tutorials on Environmental Radiation and various other projects.
Loda Griffeth  
Loda Griffeth
Loda Griffeth graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an Environmental Chemistry degree. Loda has worked with the ORION program since the summer 2000 working on various projects, such as, Radiological Data Analysis, Lichen Radionuclide Baseline Research, Science Potpourri, and the ORION Web site.
Frank Levno-Chythlook
Frank graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Journalism Degree. He is Yupik and originally from Aleknagik. Frank was a student intern for ORION during the 1997 academic school year. Frank is currently working as a Fellowship Program Intern - Cultural Affairs Producer.
Charlene Mancuso  
Charlene Mancuso
Charlene worked for the ORION project from Summer 2002 through the Fall 2002. She is currently seeking a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Charlene is also an active member and currently the Treasurer of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Charlene continues to support the ORION project by participating in the Annual Science Potpourri and educating local children on the existence of radiation in their natural environment.

Dawn Mendenhall
Dawn worked as an intern under the NEWNET project in 1997. She was a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a degree in Computer Science. She is Inupiaq and originally from Kotzebue. Dawn was a student intern for NEWNET during the 1997 academic school year.

Jenny Nakai  
Jenny Nakai
Jenny Nakai was a student in Mining Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During her time with ORION, she worked on the Tutorials on Environmental Radiation and various other projects.
Adrienne Orr  
Adrienne Orr
Adrienne Orr graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in General Chemistry. She is pursuing a masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Adrienne has worked with the ORION program since 1999 working on various projects, such as, Radiological Data Analysis, Lichen Radionuclide Baseline Research, Science Potpourri, and the ORION Website. She was also an intern at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Michael Orr Michael graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is currently living and working in the Anchorage area
Stan Read  
Stan Read
Stan is a chemical engineering graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, Stan retired from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) where he worked as an Environmental Engineer for nearly 15 years. Shortly after retiring from DEC, Stan was hired to work as a Research Technician with the ORION project. During his time with ORION (2004-2007), Stan was responsible for the installation and operation of ORION stations. Stan and his wife, Ann, currently resided in Tasmania.
Stephan Rearden
Stephan graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Engineering. He is currently working as an engineer with the British Petroleum (BP) Company.
Wily Splain  
Wily Splain
Wily Splain is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was is president of the UAF chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for the two years. Wily is pursuing a degree in the Electrical Engineering Program and is currently an intern for the Alyeska-Pipeline. Wily worked with the ORION program from Fall 1999 to Fall 2000. Wily went to Los Alamos National Laboratories for an internship during summer 2000. He has authored and co-authored many posters for the program and continues to support and participate in the Science Potpourri project.
Tom Vago
Tom graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is Tlingit and originally from Fairbanks, Alaska. Tom was a student intern for ORION from Fall 1997 - ?.
Jessica Warrior
Jessica is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. Jessica was a student intern with the ORION program during the 1997 academic school year.