Chantell Murphy is a Program Manager for Nonproliferation and Arms Control R&D at Y-12 National Security Complex where she manages, leads, and supports projects related to nuclear compliance verification and international safeguards across the nuclear fuel cycle, and arms control treaty verification. 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 (CISAC) at Stanford University, and as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
While at CISAC, Chantell participated in the Stanford-National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) Young Professionals Nuclear Forum, which brings together Russian and U.S.-based scholars from a variety of science and social science disciplines to explore how to use cooperative approaches to solve pressing nuclear energy and international nuclear security issues. During her time at LANL, she investigated nuclear safeguards approaches for pyroprocessing facilities, thorium fueled reactors, safeguards by design for research reactors and critical assemblies,and helped develop an acquisition path analysis methodology for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Chantell served as a visiting scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, worked at the Belfer Center’s’s Managing the Atom project, and served as the Chair Assistant for the Deterrent Posture Working Group for the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. Dr. Murphy was most recently an N Square Innovators Network Fellow where she co-founded an environmental organization called Atomsphere, which aims to build a permanent bridge between the outdoor adventure community and the nuclear risk reduction community to raise awareness about the impacts of nuclear issues on the natural world.
Chantell is an avid outdoor rock climber, skier, and hiker, and loves being a part of her community. She was a backcountry forest ranger with the Santa Fe National Forest, and served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Murphy received her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2018, with a focus on safeguards applications for pyroprocessing, holds a MS in health physics from Georgetown University, and a BS in physics from Florida State University.