Tomi Akindele

Staff Scientist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
Phone: +19254227463


  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013

Research Interests

Tomi Akindele is a postdoctoral researcher at LLNL in the Rare Event Detection Group. Akindele’s research interests include the application of basic physics for nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards applications. Her current research involves simulations and small scale experimentation to inform the performance of kilo-ton detectors filled with water-based liquid scintillator. Additionally, she was involved with construction of the hardware and analysis framework for the WATCHMAN photomultiplier tubes and simulations on the muon flux and rate to inform the requirements for the WATCHMAN Veto. In the past, her research included decay measurement of short-lived actinides at LLNL, evaluations of the expected neutron rates in the presence and absence of fissile material to support the New START treaty while at Sandia National Laboratories, analysis of signatures from chemical and nuclear incidents while at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the development of a diagnostic tool to determine the degradation of reactivity loss in control rods at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

Awards and Honors

  • Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Fellowship, 2015-2018
  • U.C. Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2013-2015
  • Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger Scholarship, 2009-2013

Selected Publications

  • Akindele, O. et al. "Expansion of the Surrogate Method to measure the prompt fission neutron multiplicity for Pu-241." Physics Review C (2019).
  • Akindele, O. A., R. J. Casperson, B. S. Wang, J. T. Burke, R. O. Hughes, S. E. Fisher, A. Saastamoinen, and E. B. Norman. "NeutronSTARS: A segmented neutron and charged particle detector for low-energy reaction studies." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 872 (2017): 112–118.
  • Akindele, O.A., A Bernstein, and E.B. Norman. "Antineutrino monitoring of thorium reactors." Journal of Applied Physics 120, no. 12 (2016): 124902.