College of Human Sciences
Hanna Moussa is an assistant professor in the College of Human Sciences. He has primarily been conducting research in health and medical physics as well as space radiation, with emphasis on radiation protection, radiation dosimetery and radiation shielding. He has working experience and documented expertise for over 12 years with MatLab and Monte Carlo radiation transport code for modeling the interaction of radiation with matter (MCNPX), with primary application to dosimetry, shielding and radiation transport. Moussa's expertise also includes:
- radiation safety and control
- dose and risk assessment
- radiation protection and detection
- radiation transport and modeling
- radiation shielding
- space radiation
- nuclear and radiological instrumentations
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and state of Tennessee radioactive material regulations
He emigrated from Syria to the United States back in 1985. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.S. and M.S.) in 1990 and 1991, respectively, at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering with a concentration on radiological engineering in 2000 from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Moussa served as an assistant director, then director of the Radiological Safety Department (RSD) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1997 to 2004; while RSD director, he served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) at the university. He also worked as a senior health physicist at The Walter Reed Army Medical Center between 2008-2010, as consultant through a contract with Battelle Memorial institute. Since 2004, he also held a position of research assistant professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers in highly ranked health physics and radiation protection journals. His research has been primarily funded by NASA.
Dr. Moussa is an active plenary member of The Health Physics Society (HPS), and is currently serving on the society's membership committee. He is also an active member of The American Nuclear Society (ANS). He is currently the chief editor of the Journal of Particle Physics insights (PPI) and a regular reviewer for the Health Physics Journal.