Chantell specializes in nuclear nonproliferation analysis of advanced nuclear fuel cycle systems. She has carried out this work as a nuclear security postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). During her time at LANL, she investigated nuclear safeguards approaches for pyroprocessing facilities, research reactors and critical assemblies, and thorium fueled reactors. She also helped develop an acquisition path analysis methodology for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Chantell has served as a visiting scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and as an intern at the Managing the Atom project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and worked for the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. She earned her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2018, and holds a MS in health physics from Georgetown University and a BS in physics from Florida State University.
I am most excited to work on projects that… use unconventional methods to solve traditional problems.
I am looking for partners that can help me… create artistic projects to reach new audiences.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when I was connecting with colleagues from very different cultures on a personal level while collaborating to solve large global problems.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… involve applying ethics and empathy in the decision-making process.