Areg Danagoulian is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He did his PhD research in Experimental Nuclear Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Areg’s PhD thesis focused on experiments that used real Compton scattering on the proton at 2-6 GeV, allowing to probe the proton's internal structure and understand how it couples to external excitations. After his PhD Areg worked at Los Alamos as a postdoctoral researcher, and then as a senior scientist at Passport Systems, Inc. (PSI). At PSI Areg focused on the development of Prompt Neutron from Photofission (PNPF) technique, which allows to rapidly detect shielded fissionable materials in the commercial cargo traffic. Areg's current research interests focus on scientific applications in nuclear security, such areas nuclear nonproliferation, technologies for treaty verification, nuclear safeguards, and cargo security. Current specific research areas include:

  1. nuclear disarmament verification via resonant phenomena
  2. monoenergetic photon sources from nuclear reactions for achieving high precision cargo radiography

Other areas of interest involve nuclear forensics, new detection concepts, and applications of information theory to non-proliferation.



  1. Dr. Brian Henderson: postdoctoral researcher, Currently VP of Engineering at Lantern UAS
  2. Dr. COL Buck O'Day: assistant professor at Air Force Institute of Technology
  3. MAJ Jill Rahon: lecturer at West Point Academy
  4. 2LT Roberts Nelson
  5. Jeremiah Collins
  6. Jake Hecla: currently a PhD student in UC Berkeley

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Office: 24-220, MIT