About Me

I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and found my love for the sciences at Harbor High School where a series of classroom debates on energy production forever changed my future. As my team argued in favor of nuclear energy, I realized how little we understood nuclear science (especially in the Nuclear Free Zone of Santa Cruz.) One year later I accepted enrollment in the Dept of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley where I followed my passion for educational outreach with the American Nuclear Society , Engineering for Kids Day and Tau Beta Pi. During this time I had the opportunity to perform research under Professor Per Peterson in reactor thermo-hydraulics and Professor Kai Vetter in radiation detection instrumentation.

After graduating in 2011 I worked as a laboratory technician for Professor Vetter before being re-admitted to UC Berkeley on the MS/PhD track in Nuclear Engineering. After completing 2 years of graduate school I found myself desiring more project management and team-oriented engineering tasks so I opted to leave after receiving my MS in December 2015.

Thus I'm currently employed through UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on a portfolio of projects (from writing data analysis software to developing educational outreach for high schools) through the Applied Nuclear Physics Group.


joseph.c.curtis _at_ gmail.com


University of California, Berkeley

Master in Nuclear Engineering December 2014

Benchmarking the Gamma-Ray Response of the Radiological Multi-sensor Analysis Platform

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering May 2011

Honors Thesis: Measurements and Analysis of Fukushima Fallout by BRAWM


Associate Specialist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory January 2015 - September 2015

Upgraded hardware and real-time analysis software on a mobile, multi-sensor radiation detection system (RadMAP).

Graduate Student Researcher

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory August 2012 - December 2014

Developed and experimentally benchmarked Monte-Carlo and raytracing gamma-ray physics simulations for a mobile radiation detection system (MISTI).

Junior Specialist

Dept of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley August 2011 - August 2012

Supported graduate radiation laboratory course with signal processing coding, machining and teaching.

Honor's Research Assistant

Dept of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley March 2011 - May 2011

Analyzed environmental samples for Fukushima Daiichi Reactor fallout monitoring.

Lab Technician & Instructor

UC Berkeley & University of Tokyo June 2010 - August 2010

Trained students from the United States and Japan to perform digital radiation detection experiments.

Thermo-Hydraulics Research Assistant

Dept of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley January 2009 - December 2009

Designed and experimentally verified a first order fluid mechanics model in MATLAB.

Field Tester

California Center for Innovative Transportation January 2009 - May 2009

Aggregated traffic data by driving a test vehicle fitted with GPS equipment.



  • Radiation Detection
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Technical Writing
  • Teaching


  • Python
  • \(\LaTeX\)
  • Matlab
  • Adobe CS
  • HTML5
  • CSS

Get In Touch.

I'm always interested in unique opportunities for nuclear engineering, open source coding and scientific education. Please get in touch with me at: joseph.c.curtis _at_ gmail.com