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Mechanical Engineering

LTC Stephen McHale, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
410 293 6495
mchale@usna.edu


EDUCATION
    Air Force Institute of Technology, 2011
    Doctor of Philosophy, Nuclear Engineering
    Dissertation: "The Effects of Rare Earth Doping on Gallium Nitride Thin Films"
    
    Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006
    Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering
    
    United States Military Academy, 1994
    Bachelors of Science, Engineering Physics


RESEARCH AREAS
    Radiation transport and shielding
    Nuclear weapon effects
    Neutron imaging and activation analysis


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Jul 2016 - Present)
    - Assistant Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology, (Sep 2011 - Jul 2015)

    Nuclear and Counterproliferation Officer, U.S. Army, (Jan 2004 - Present)
    - Deputy Chief: Nuclear Effects Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
    - Operations Director: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Materials Processing,
      Exploitation and Dissemination, Defense Intelligence Agency National MASINT Management Office

    Field Artillery Officer, U.S. Army, (May 1994 - Dec 2003)
    - Commander: Headquarters Battery, 25th Infantry Division Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI
    - Commander: C Battery, 2-11 Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks, HI
    - Executive Officer: B Battery, 2-319 Airborne Field Artillery, Fort Bragg, NC
    - Fire Direction Officer: B Battery, 2-319 Airborne Field Artillery, Fort Bragg, NC
    - Fire Direction Officer: 2-17 Field Artillery, Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
  •     M.L. Gettings, J.W. McClory, S.R. McHale, B.R. Kowash, “Yield estimate of Wasp Prime using digitized nuclear fireball films,” Journal of Radiation Effects Research and Engineering, vol. 34, (1), August 2016.
  •     D.A. Matters, A.G. Lerch, A.M. Hurst, L. Szentmiklosi, J.J. Carroll, B. Detwiler, Zs. Revay, J.W. McClory, S.R. McHale, R.B. Firestone, B.W. Sleaford, M. Krtivcka, T. Belgya, “Investigation of Re-186 via radiative thermal-neutron capture on Re-185,” Physical Review C, vol. 93, May 2016, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevC.93.054319.
  •     A.W. Decker, S.R. McHale, M.P. Shannon, J.A. Clinton, J.W. McClory, “Novel Bonner Sphere Spectrometer response functions using MCNP6,” IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, August 2015.
  •     A.W. Decker, M.P. Shannon, J.A. Clinton, J.W. McClory, S.R. McHale, “Verification and Validation of Monte Carlo N-particle Code 6 (MCNP6) with Neutron Protection Factor (NPF) measurements of an iron box,” Journal of Radiation Effects Research and Engineering, vol. 33, (1-E), 252-259, May 2015.
  •    C.A. Lenyk, D.J. Bunker, J.W. McClory, B.R. Kowash, S.R. McHale, “Defining a methodology for data analysis using streak films,” Journal of Radiation Effects Research and Engineering, vol. 33, (1-E), 85-98, May 2015.
  •    T.P. Genda, J.W. McClory, B.R. Kowash, S.R. McHale, J.A. Clinton, “Optimization of detector placement for high energy photon interrogation of special nuclear material,” Journal of Radiation Effects Research and Engineering, vol. 33, (1-E), 130-140, May 2015.
  •    C.L. Dugan, R.L. Hengehold, S.R. McHale, J.A. Colon Santana, J.W. McClory, V.T. Adamiv, Ya. V. Burak, Ya. B. Losovyj, P.A. Dowben, “Reversible Mn segregation at the polar surface of lithium tetraborate,” Applied Physics Letters, vol. 102, 161602, April 2013.
  •    J.A. Colon Santana, P. Liu, X. Wang, J. Tang, S.R. McHale, D. Wooten, J.W. McClory, J.C. Petrosky, J. Wu, R. Palai, Ya. B. Losovyj, P.A. Dowben, “The local metallicity of gadolinium doped compound semiconductors,” Journal of Physics - Condensed Matter, vol. 24, (44), 445801, November 2012.
  •    S.R. McHale, J.W. McClory, J.C. Petrosky, J. Wu, A. Rivera, R. Palai, Ya. B. Losovyj, P.A. Dowben, “Resonant photoemission of rare earth doped GaN thin films,” European Physical Journal - Applied Physics, vol. 56, (1), 11301, September 2011.
  •    S.R. McHale, J.W. McClory, J.C. Petrosky, J. Wu, A. Rivera, R. Palai, Ya. B. Losovyj, P.A. Dowben, “Schottky barrier formation at the Au to rare earth doped GaN thin film interface,” European Physical Journal - Applied Physics, vol. 55, (3), 31301, August 2011.
  •    S.R. McHale, J.W. McClory, J.C. Petrosky, J. Wu, R. Palai, P.A. Dowben, I. Ketsman, “The effective surface Debye temperature of Yb:GaN,” Materials Letters, vol. 65, (10), 1476-1478, May 2011.
  •    N.A. Estep, S.R. McHale, J.W. McClory, J.C. Petrosky, “Ionizing radiation effects on CMOS hex inverter performance,” Journal of Radiation Effects Research and Engineering, vol. 29, (1), 41-50, March 2011.

AWARDS
   Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014    
   AFIT Instructor of the Year (Dr. Leslie M. Norton Teaching Excellence Award), 2013

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