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Sheppard receives Distinguished Alumni Citation from alma mater

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



Abilene Christian University alumnus Gregory Sheppard was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Citation Sunday, Dec. 9 in Los Alamos, New MexicoSheppard, a 1974 graduate in {{more}} physics from ACU, earned a master’s degree in nuclear physics from Iowa State University in 1976. For more than nine years, Sheppard’s research and development focused on applied nuclear physics. In 1985, Sheppard joined the technical staff of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.“We are very proud of him,” said Dr. Donald Isenhower, professor of physics at ACU, “He is one of our most talented and successful graduates. He has moved into a position of high responsibility that is critical to the safety of our country. He is a man of exceptional character and serves as a great Christian example.” In 1993, Sheppard joined one of the first teams of American nuclear experts to visit one of Russia’s closed nuclear cities. Since then, Sheppard has made more than 30 visits to Russia and Ukraine. Today, Sheppard serves as the leader of the Safeguards Science and Technology Group at Los Alamos. For the last 40 years, this 60-person group has been devoted to nuclear threat reduction, gaining international acclaim in the safeguards community. Since 9/11, N-1 has worked on efforts to develop, test, and field systems used to detect the illicit trafficking of radioactive materials on a national and international level. Sheppard has been the recipient of many awards for his work in physics, including the Y-12 Award in 1979, which is awarded for nuclear research, as well as being part of a team that was recognized for Unconventional Nuclear Warfare Defense in 2003, an award given to groups for their research performed to protect the United States against unusual forms of nuclear attack.

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