Steve Butala

  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor


B.S. Physics – Manhattan College, New York, NY

M.S., Radiation Science – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 

Health Physics Traineeship – Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Plenary member of Health Physics Society since 1978.

Certified and re-certified by American Board of Health Physics since 1986.

Served as HPS Midwest Chapter President, Treasurer, Board Member, newsletter editor, and on affiliates, publications, and public information committees.


Argonne Laboratory Director’s Team Award for Outstanding Safety Performance, 2013   

Argonne Pacesetter Award, 2010, 1996

Argonne Laboratory Director's Award, 2011


  • Experience with Electrodeposited Cf-252 Ion Sources - S.I. Baker, S.W. Butala, J.P. Greene, A.F. Levand, E.F. Moore, R.C. Pardo, G. Savard; HPS Midyear Meeting, Charleston, SC, Jan 2013.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Radiation Generating Device Program – S.W. Butala, J.H. Vacca; DOE Accelerator Safety Workshop, Argonne National Lab, Sept 21, 2011.
  • Disposal of Potentially Neutron Activated PCB Capacitors at Argonne National Lab Through the Authorized Release Process - J.J. Cheng, S.Y. Chen, N. Brachmann, S. Butala, F. Brumwell, A. Bindokas, A. Gabel, P. Neeson, Waste Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Feb 2011.
  • An Alternative Disposal Method for Activated PCB Capacitors - N.M. Brachmann, F.R. Brumwell, S.W. Butala, S.Y. Chen, J.-J. Cheng; DOE Accelerator Safety Workshop, Stanford Linear Accelerator Lab, Aug 18, 2010.
  • Lessons Learned from Leaking Am-241 Smoke Detectors, S.W. Butala, M. Sreniawski, HPS Midwest Chapter Symposium, Argonne National Lab, April 24, 2010.
  • Accelerator Beam Line Quartz Window as a Bremsstrahlung Radiation Source, S.W. Butala, B.J. Micklich, R.C. Pardo, R.H. Scott, R.C. Vondrasek, HPS Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, July 14, 2009.    
  • Measurements of Radioactive Gaseous Releases to Air from Target Halls at a High Energy Proton Accelerator, S.W. Butala, S.I. Baker, P.M. Yurista, Health Physics Journal, Vol. 57, No.6, Dec 1989.


Radiological Instrumentation 

Radiation Measurements

Operational Health Physics


Radiation Generating Devices