Gene Carbaugh Honored with Herbert M. Parker Award in Health Physics

NV5/Dade Moeller* Senior Health Physicist [radiation safety scientist] Eugene (Gene) H. Carbaugh was honored with the Herbert M. Parker Award from the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society last night at the chapter’s annual awards banquet in Kennewick. This is considered the chapter’s most prestigious award.

Annually, the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society may choose to recognize an award nominee on the basis of their technical contribution to the health physics profession. The award is named for Herbert M. Parker, a health physics pioneer who, among many contributions to the field, established and became the first director of Hanford Laboratories, the forerunner of today’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Carbaugh’s nomination for this award was endorsed strongly by the president and board of the Herbert M. Parker Foundation, an endowment of the Washington State University Foundation.

Carbaugh is a certified health physicist specializing in applied internal dosimetry. He is one of the most senior internal dosimetrists in the U.S. Department of Energy complex. Carbaugh currently serves as exposure evaluations technical lead of the internal dosimetry program at the Department’s Hanford nuclear site, dealing with workers exposed or potentially exposed to intakes of radioactivity, and liaising with the Hanford dosimetry and occupational medicine staffs. He also serves on American National Standards Institute committees for tritium and plutonium internal dosimetry and on scientific committees for the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.

Carbaugh has been an active member of the Health Physics Society for 39 years, serving as Columbia Chapter secretary, treasurer, president, and instructor for the chapter’s certification review class during that time.

*Dade Moeller joined NV5 in May 2016.