Dr. Darren E. Holland

Research Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering

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Dr. Darren Holland is a Research Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Engineering Physics of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).  He received three U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowships (2016-2018), which allowed him to pursue research designing, optimizing, and testing a rotating scatter mask for radiation detection.

Dr. Holland first worked at AFIT as a summer intern from 2005-2006, where he began his journey into optimization and radiation transport.  In 2006, Dr. Holland received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cedarville University.  He followed this up with a M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  His GE-funded, graduate work focused on identifying bladed disk properties using vibratory responses.  After graduating, Dr. Holland taught various mechanical engineering courses to undergraduate students at Trine University (2012-2013) and Cedarville University (2013-2018).  During this time, his senior design students designed, analyzed, and improved appropriate technology applications, personal defense weapon designs, and aerodynamic car designs.  In August 2018, Dr. Holland joined the AFIT faculty, where his research focused on optimizing radiation transport in complex geometries. Currentlyhe is developing models and simulations to analyze radiative and thermal effects in space.

Education

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2012

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2008

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, 2006

Awards

 

Outstanding Thesis Advisor Award (2021)

2021 Virtual Student Conference Best Paper Award (Isotopes & Radiation) (2021)

1st Quarter Civ Cat III (EN, AFIT, AETC level) (2020)

AETC Nuclear Deterrence Operations Professional Team of the Year Award (2019)

 ASME Dayton Section Chairman’s Recognition Award (2015)

Best Engineering Design (2003)

Effective Leader Award (2002)

Publications

 Articles in Refereed Journals  (* denotes student)

[15] Quartemont, N., Peterson, G., Moran, C., Samin, A., Wang, B., Yeamans C., Woodworth, B., Holland. D., Petrosky, J., Bevins, J., 2021 “ATHENA: A Unique Radiation Environment Platform at the National Ignition Facility.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 1016. pp.  65777 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2021.165777

[14] Holland, D., Olesen, R., Bevins, J., 2021. “Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm Optimization of a Directionally Sensitive Radiation Detection System using a Surrogate Transport Model.” Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. 104, pp. 104357https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engappai.2021.104357

[13] LaMere, Z., Holland, D., Dailey, W., McClory, J., 2021. “Space to Air High-Altitude Region Adjoint Neutron Transport.” The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F15485129211031669

[12] Horan, L., Holland, D., Syal, M., Bevins, J., Wasem, J., 2021. “Impact of neutron energy on asteroid deflection performance.” Acta Astronautica, 183, pp. 29-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.02.028

[11] Olesen, R., Cole, J., Holland, D., Brubaker, E., Bevins, J., 2021. “Regenerative neural network for rotating scatter mask radiation imaging.” Radiation Measurements, 143, pp. 106565. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2021.106565  

[10] Egner, B., Holland, D., Burggraf, L., Bevins, J. 2021. “Development of a Modular Mixed-Radiation Directional Rotating Scatter Mask Detection System.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 987, pp. 164820. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164820

[9] Olesen, R., Holland, D., Brubaker, E., Bevins, J. 2020. “Maximum Likelihood Reconstructions for Rotating Scatter Mask Imaging.” Radiation Measurements. 137, pp. 106441.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2020.106441

[8] Olesen R., O’Day B., Holland D., Burggraf L., and Bevins J., 2020. “Characterization of novel rotating scatter mask designs for gamma direction identification”. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 954, pp. 161232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.09.067

[7] Logan, J., Holland, D., Burggraf, L., Clinton, J., O’Day, B. 2019. “Monte Carlo and Experimental Analysis of a Novel Directional Rotating Scatter Mask Gamma Detection System.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 947, pp. 162698. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2019.162698

[6] Holland, D. E., Bevins, J. E., Burggraf, L. W., and O’Day, B. E., 2018. ”Rotating scatter mask optimization for gamma source direction identification”. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 901, pp. 104-111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.05.037

[5] Holland, D. and Epureanu, B., 2013. “A component damping identification method for mistuned blisks”.  Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 41 (1-2), pp. 598-612. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2013.07.003

[4] Holland, D. and Epureanu, B., 2012. “Hybrid modal damping identification for bladed disks and blisks”.  Journal of Vibration and Control. 20 (1), pp. 51-65. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077546312461028>

[3] Holland, D., Rodgers, J., and Epureanu, B., 2012. “Measurement point selection and modal damping identification for bladed disks”. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 33, pp. 97-108

[2] Holland, D. E., Epureanu, B. I., and Filippi, S., 2012. “Structural damping identification for mistuned bladed disks and blisks”. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 134 (2), pp. 1-3

[1] Holland, D. E., Castanier, M. P., Ceccio, S. L., Epureanu, B. I., and Filippi, S., 2010. “Testing and calibration procedures for mistuning identification and traveling wave excitation of blisks”. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 132 (4), p. 042502 http://link.aip.org/link/?GTP/132/042502/1

 

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings (* denotes student)

[10] Fjeldsted, A., Bevins, J., Holland, D., Lintereur. A., 2021, “The Effect Of Input Features On Advanced Gamma Ray Spectra Analysis.” Proceedings of the INMM & ESARDA Joint Virtual Annual Meeting

[9] Olesen, R., Cole, J., Brubaker, E., Holland, D., Bevins, J., 2020, “Designing and Testing a Regenerative Neural Network for Radiation Imaging.” 2020 IEEE NSS-MIC

[8] Horan, L., Holland, D., Syal, M., Wasem, J., Dexter, M., Bevins, J., 2020. “Neutron Energy Effects on Asteroid Deflection.” 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference

[7] Egner, B. V, Holland, D., Burgraff, L., Bevins, J., Martin, V., 2019, “Development of a dual-particle directional detection system using a rotating scatter mask,” Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology Conference.

[6] Olesen, R., Holland, D., Brubaker, E., Cole, J., Bevins, J. 2019, “Advanced Radiation Imaging Algorithms with Rotating Scatter Masks.” INMM 60th Annual Meeting

[5] D. E. Holland, J. E. Bevins, L. W. Burggraf, and B. E. ODay, “Rotating scatter mask optimization for gamma source direction identification,” presented at the 2018 Symposium on Radiation Measurement and Analysis in Ann Arbor, MI on 12 June 2018

[4] R. J. Olesen*, B. O. Day, D. Holland, L. Burggraf, and J. Bevins, “Characterization of Rotating Scatter Mask Designs for Novel Applications in Photon Detection,” presented at the 2018 Symposium on Radiation Measurement and Analysis in Ann Arbor, MI on 12 June 2018

[3] Holland, D., Rodgers, J., and Epureanu, B., 2011. "Measurement Point Selection and Modal Damping Identification for Bladed Disks". AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, AIAA

[2] Holland, D., Epureanu, B., and Filippi, S., 2010. “Damping identification for mistuned blisks”. In Proceedings of the ASME 2010 IDETC/CIE Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 1–12. DETC2010-28532

[1] Holland, D., Filippi, S., Castanier, M., Ceccio, S., and Epureanu, B., 2009. “Testing and calibration procedures for mistuning identification and traveling wave excitation of blisks”. In Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 1–13

 

Presentations:

[14] “Creation and Use of Singularity MCNP Container for Portable System-independent Build.” 2021 MCNP User Symposium. Virtual. July, 2021

[13] Verification and validation of unstructured meshes in MCNP with Athena-I experiment.” 2021 MCNP User Symposium. Virtual. July, 2021. LA-UR-21-25290

[12] “Using CUBIT 15.6 to construct unstructured mesh geometries for MCNP simulations.” 2021 MCNP User Symposium. Virtual. July, 2021. LA-UR-21-25244.

[11] “Enhanced Notepad++ text editing tools for MCNP input decks.” 2021 MCNP User Symposium. Virtual. July, 2021

[10] “Rotating Scatter Mask Optimization for Gamma Source Direction Identification”. Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications XVII. Ann Arbor, MI. June, 2018

[9] “The Design, Simulation, Testing, and Optimization of a Rotating Scatter Mask for Radiation Source Location Identification”. Department of Engineering Physics Seminar Series.  WPAFB, OH. April, 2017

[8] “Analyzing a PVC Hand Pump for Effective Use in Bolivia”.  10th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium. Dayton, OH. October, 2014. <http://www.asmedayton.org/DESS/abstract_list.php>

[7] “Component Damping Identification for Mistuned Blisks”. Propulsion – Safety and Affordable Readiness Conference. Jacksonville, FL. March, 2012

[6] "Measurement Point Selection and Modal Damping Identification for Bladed Disks".  52nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. Denver, CO. April, 2011

[5] “Modal damping identification for mistuned blisks”. Propulsion – Safety and Affordable Readiness Conference. Jacksonville, FL. March, 2011

[4] “Damping identification for mistuned blisks”. 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 2010

[3] “Structural damping identification for blisks and bladed disks”. Propulsion – Safety and Affordable Readiness Conference. Jacksonville, FL. March, 2010

[2] “Testing and calibration procedures for mistuning identification and traveling wave excitation of blisks”. ASME Turbo Expo 2009 Conference. Orlando, FL. June, 2009

[1] “Optimal tracking control for a two disk rotating system”. Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium. Dayton, OH. October, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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