Radiation Detection Technologies, Inc. (RDT) was founded in 2011 out of the Kansas State University SMART Lab located in Manhattan, Kansas. Our company focuses on manufacturing quality radiation detectors and detector readout-electronic technologies for use in multiple industries including healthcare, defense and energy.
RDT began its enterprise by focusing on the neutron detection industry. Given the exhaustion of 3He – a major component of traditional radiation detection – RDT has started commercializing micro-structured semiconductor neutron detectors (MSNDs) in order to replace traditional 3He-based radiation detection technologies. As we look forward, RDT will add new products that fit the replacement of traditional radiation-detection technologies as the 3He shortage continues to rise.
Due to the clarity of vision and passion of commitment that our founders and staff bring to the field of radiation detection, we believe RDT will be able to help solve radiation detection problems and improve traditional technologies in the radiation detection industry. In fact, our micro-structured neutron detector technology has resulted in over 33 publications, four allowed patents, and an R&D 100 award for 2009 and 2014!
Dr. Steven Bellinger, PhD, CEO
Dr. Bellinger’s expertise in radiation detection comes from over 15 years of experience in the fields of semiconductor device theory and fabrication and radiation detector design, fabrication, and measurement. He manages graduate students in the design, fabrication and characterization of radiation detectors and systems at Kansas State University (KSU) as an associate research faculty at the Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (SMART) Laboratory at KSU on many projects. He started and runs Radiation Detection Technologies, Inc. (RDT) as the CEO to commercialize novel radiation detectors developed at the SMART Laboratory. He is skilled at fabricating detectors from numerous types of semiconductors for specific radiation detection applications, such as, CdZnTe, HgI2, Si, and SiC, each with their own unique capabilities and properties for radiation detection. He holds the record for the highest thermal-neutron detection efficiency for a solid-state semiconductor neutron detector and has introduced novel manufacturing concepts for microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors (MSNDs). He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications on radiation detectors and has 5 US patents on detector designs with several radiation detector patents pending.
Grace Friedel, CPA, Controller
Grace joined the RDT team in November 2014 with over 7 years of public accounting experience. She graduated with a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri in 2007 and earned her CPA license in 2008. Grace was intrigued by RDT and the potential growth and opportunity it had to offer and decided to take the leap into private accounting. Grace is the Controller and focuses on all accounting functions, financial analysis, budgeting, government contracting, and human resource management for the company. Grace enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her dog Bentley. She loves working out, dancing, watching horror movies, and long naps.
Dr. Benjamin Montag, PhD, Nuclear Engineer
Dr. Montag has been in the field of radiation detection materials, device design, fabrication, and radiation measurements since 2005. He began working with boron materials for neutron detection at the University of Nebraska and later graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2008 and received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Kansas State University in 2015. As a member of the KSU Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (SMART) Laboratory he synthesized and grew crystalline ingots of the I-II-V family of materials for neutron detectors. He fabricated the first LiZnAs and LiZnP devices that measured thermal neutron induced signals. In addition, Montag has grown crystalline ingots, characterized, and fabricated devices of numerous radiation detector materials including NaI, CeBr3, LaBr3, and CZT. During his time in the SMART Laboratory, he has mentored over a dozen undergraduate researchers in the laboratory, has co-authored and authored over 25 publications on radiation detectors and radiation detection materials.
Luke Henson, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineer
Luke Henson, upon graduating from the Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC), joined the Phillips Lighting Company where he worked for 2 years as a maintenance and service technician. He started at Kansas State University in August of 2008. In 2009 he entered the college of Engineering and began working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. During his time at MATC he was required to become NATEF certified for all 8 levels of automotive repair. During his time at KSU, as an engineering undergraduate, he conducted research at the KSU Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (SMART) Laboratory. As an undergraduate research assistant, Mr. Henson participated in research to investigate and develop semiconductor neutron-detector manufacturing and characterization.
Logan Whitmore, Electrical Engineer
Logan Whitmore is RDT's Head Electrical Engineer and Chief of Security. He was first introduced to RDT while working as an intern at the KSU Electronics Design Lab, which provides researchers with access to advanced electronics and assists with integrating electronics technology into research programs. Logan's exemplary work as an intern earned him the responsibility of designing electronic systems, including electronics used by both RDT and CERN. His involvement on an award winning project caught RDT's attention, and they hired him immediately after his graduation. As an undergrad at Kansas State University, Logan was involved with several of the extracurricular clubs and held leadership positions in two of them. He was the Safety Officer for the Electronics Design Club and the President of the KSU Makerspace. Logan's love for science fiction fueled his inventive nature. One of his personal projects was a replica of a Pipboy 3000 from the popular videogame series Fallout. This wrist-mounted computer not only included visual replicas of in-game screens, but also functioned as an oscilloscope and FM radio. Another personal project was a homemade universal TV remote made to resemble a Sonic Screwdriver from Dr. Who, a hit British TV show. Logan also worked collaboratively with students of varying fields, including the development of an XY plotter attached to an EEG (brain wave tracker) for use by an artist in their work on developing different mediums for creating art. Outside of work, Logan enjoys videogames, motorcycles, and traveling to conventions. He meets with different groups for D&D, and even acts as RDT's DM.
Neal Strathman, Semiconductor Technician
Neal started his career as a Semiconductor Technician with Radiation Detection Technologies (RDT) in January of 2018 and continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he works at SRF JRMC Yokosuka Japan. Neal’s prior work experience includes 10 years active duty in the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and served his sea tour onboard the USS Alabama SSBN 731 Gold crew where he completed 7 strategic deterrent patrols, 2 surge underways, 2 mini-dasos, and 1 emergency sortie in response to terrorist actions. His following shore tour was as a recruiter in Manhattan Ks. He then transitioned to the Navy Reserves and started at Kansas State University where he worked at the TRIGA Mk II reactor as a Reactor Operator and Senior Reactor Operator. It was here that he first met the wonderful team of RDT. Neal’s manufacturing experience came from his position as a Senior Mechanic at BD Medical, just prior to joining the RDT team. Neal’s personal time is full of family, yard work, and smoking meat at his home in Manhattan, Kansas.
Dr. Taylor Ochs, PhD, Nuclear Engineer
Taylor Ochs is nuclear engineer at RDT. Taylor’s expertise is in radiation detection, radiation transport modeling, and detector design and fabrication. Taylor joined the Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (S.M.A.R.T.) Laboratory in 2012 as an undergraduate research assistant working under Steve Bellinger (President/CEO RDT) and Ryan Fronk (Research Scientist INL) to assist with the development of Microstructured Semiconductor Neutron Detectors (MSNDs) presently one of RDT’s flagship products used in the Domino® detector. Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from KSU in 2015 and subsequently signed on as a graduate student in the S.M.A.R.T. Laboratory. During his graduate career, Taylor led research on the Dual-Sided MSND, which currently holds the record for the highest thermal-neutron detection efficiency for a semiconductor neutron detector. Taylor took part in the development of hand-held and wearable detectors utilizing MSND and DS-MSND technologies which have won R&D 100 and DOE Innovations in Nuclear R&D Awards. He also has experience fabricating SiC-based neutron detectors for high-temperature operating environments and Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFDs) for in-core neutron flux measurements. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University in May 2020. During his free time, Taylor works on perfecting his homebrew beer recipes proudly served at his in-home pub, keeping his old jeep running, and slowly improving his golf game.
Bryan Willis, Production Technician
Bryan started with RDT back in the fall of 2017 as a part time employee looking for experience but quickly became enthralled with the job and in 2020 became a full time member of the RDT team. He has worked on many projects that include things such as wafer processing and the production, characterization, and fabrication of CdZnTe, CdTe, and other semiconductor materials for radiological detection. However, his primary focus is directed towards the manufacturing of the Lithium Foil Multi-Wire Proportional Counter (Li-Foil MWPC) and the Cosmic Soil Moisture Monitoring Systems (SMM). Bryan currently holds a CSWA-Mechanical Design Certification from Dassault Systèmes SE and is working towards finishing a Bachelors in Nuclear Chemistry. His free time is spent painting, hunting, fishing, and most importantly, collecting exotic insects from around the world.
Mike Devoe, Computer Engineer
Mike Devo is a Computer Engineer at RDT. Excited by the prospect of a wide range of ideas, projects, and applications, he joined the team in January of 2020. Mike is a 2019 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Information Sciences. During his time at K-State, he was an active member in multiple organizations like the university’s competitive unmanned aerial systems design team working on the autopilot system, and the electronics design club making many personal projects and advising younger students on their own.