New Master of Health Physics Academic Advisory Board Holds First Meeting
[Top row, left to right] Gary Zeman, Steven Bakhtiar, Richard Vetter, R. Craig Yoder, Susan Langhorst
[Bottom row, left to right] Andy Howard, Elizabeth Friedman, Ruth McBurney, S.Y. Chen, David Hearnsberger
On Wednesday, September 18, the new Master of Health Physics academic advisory board, appointed by S.Y. Chen, director of the Master of Health Physics program, held its first meeting on IIT's Main Campus. The board consists of a list of highly esteemed professionals in the field of radiation protection and health physics practices.
The new board members include Steven Bakhtiar, national expert in radiochemistry and director of DOE New Brunswick Laboratory; David Hearnsberger, radiation safety officer at Argonne National Laboratory; Susan Langhorst, assistant professor/radiation safety officer at Washington University in St. Louis; Ruth McBurney, executive director at the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.; Matthew Moeller, president/CEO at Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc.; Richard Vetter, retired radiation safety officer at Mayo Clinics; and R. Craig Yoder, senior vice president at Landauer, Inc. Representatives from IIT were present as well.
The key role of the advisory board is to offer guidance on current industry demands and future trends, allowing IIT's program to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the industry and strengthen its position as one of the leading professional health physics programs in the country. The meeting provided a channel for them to do just that. The discussion covered topics such as meeting the market's needs, curriculum development, student recruitment, professional development, collaborations with national laboratories, and developing a Chicago consortium.