Adam Hecht


Phone: (505) 277-1654

Physical Address

Room 1180
Farris Engineering Center

Mailing Address

MSC 01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Department of Nuclear Engineering



Ph.D. Yale University Physics, 2004

M.Phil. Yale University Physics, 2001

M.S. Yale University Physics, 1998

B.S. University of California, Irvine Physics, 1997


Adam Hecht has been an assistant professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico since 2008 doing research on radiation detection and simulations in service of nuclear nonproliferation.  Previous research experience was in heavy ion accelerator experiments at Yale and Argonne National Laboratory, and medical physics simulations and experiment at the University of Wisconsin.

Professional Experience

  • 2022 - present: Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UNM, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2014 - 2022: Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UNM, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2008 - 2014: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, UNM, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011 - present: Codirector of the Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Technology (CNNST) at UNM
  • 2007-2008: Research Associate in the Department of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2004-2007: Research Associate through University of Maryland, Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.

Teaching Interests

  • Radiation Interactions with Matter
  • Radiation Detection and Characterization
  • External Dosimetry
  • Safeguards and nonproliferation

Research Interests

  • Radiation Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Fission Fragment Measurement Experiments
  • Fission Fragment Signature Monte Carlo Simulations
  • Novel Material Detector Development
  • Radiation Detection Data Mining
  • Environmental Sample Radiation Assay including Bioassay

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • SPIDER collaboration, LANSCE-Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Developing UNM Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Technology (CNNST)
  • Faculty advisor for UNM Institute of Nuclear Materials Managment (INMM) student group
  • Participating in INL Academic Center of Excellence